Common questions relating to Surrey Quays leasehold conveyancing
My wife and I may need to rent out our Surrey Quays basement flat for a while due to a new job. We used a Surrey Quays conveyancing practice in 2001 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time get any guidance as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?
Some leases for properties in Surrey Quays do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord cannot unreasonably refuse but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience suggests that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting consent.
Back In 2003, I bought a leasehold flat in Surrey Quays. Conveyancing and Britannia mortgage organised. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the freehold. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1998. The conveyancing practitioner in Surrey Quays who previously acted has now retired.What should I do?
The first thing you should do is contact HMLR to be sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. You do not need to incur the fees of a Surrey Quays conveyancing lawyer to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. Rest assured that regardless, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
Can you offer any advice when it comes to finding a Surrey Quays conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
When appointing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Surrey Quays conveyancing practice) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We advise that you speak with several firms including non Surrey Quays conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be useful:
- How experienced is the firm with lease extension legislation?
Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Surrey Quays from the perspective of saving time on the sale process?
- Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Surrey Quays can be avoided where you instruct lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold documentation needed by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
- The majority landlords or Management Companies in Surrey Quays levy fees for supplying management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the actual amount of the charges. The management pack sought as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The average time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most frequent reason for frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Surrey Quays.
If all goes to plan we aim to complete the sale of our £175000 garden flat in Surrey Quays on Monday in a week. The landlords agents has quoted £324 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Surrey Quays?
For most leasehold sales in Surrey Quays conveyancing will involve, questions about the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :
- Completing conveyancing due diligence enquiries
- Where consent is required before sale in Surrey Quays
- Copies of the building insurance and schedule
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Having spent years of negotiations we simply can't agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Surrey Quays. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?
You certainly can. We can put you in touch with a Surrey Quays conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Surrey Quays property is 12, 14 & 16 Hull Close in May 2010. the Tribunal determined that the premium payable for the acquisition of the freehold to the subject premises was the sum of £18,300 This case related to 3 flats. The the unexpired term as at the valuation date was 101.61 years.