Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Swiss Cottage:

While any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically handle your leasehold conveyancing in Swiss Cottage, your mortgage provider may unwilling to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

Recently asked questions relating to Swiss Cottage leasehold conveyancing

I am intending to sublet my leasehold flat in Swiss Cottage. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Do I need to ask my freeholder for their consent?

Some leases for properties in Swiss Cottage do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience dictates 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 permission.

Due to sign contracts shortly on a ground floor flat in Swiss Cottage. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they are sending me a report next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Swiss Cottage should include some of the following:

  • You should receive a copy of the lease
  • Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the property, or having a home office for business
  • I don't know whether the lease allows me to alter or improve anything in the flat - you should know whether it applies to all alterations or just structural alteration, and whether consent is required
  • The landlord’s obligations to repair and maintain the building. It is important that you know who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of every part of the building
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What options are open to you if a neighbour breach a clause of their lease? For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Swiss Cottage please ask your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Swiss Cottage

  • Can you offer any advice when it comes to finding a Swiss Cottage conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?

    When appointing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Swiss Cottage conveyancing practice) it is essential that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggested that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Swiss Cottage conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be useful:

    • Can they put you in touch with client in Swiss Cottage who can give a testimonial?
  • What are the charges for lease extension work?

  • Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Swiss Cottage with the aim of speeding up the sale process?

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Swiss Cottage can be reduced where you instruct lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold information needed by the purchasers’ representatives.
    • The majority freeholders or managing agents in Swiss Cottage levy fees for supplying management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management pack can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most frequent reason for frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Swiss Cottage.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Swiss Cottage leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or addition of wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord consenting to such works. Should you dont have the paperwork in place do not contact the landlord without contacting your conveyancer in the first instance.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the freehold, you should make sure that you are holding the original share document. Arranging a duplicate share certificate is often a time consuming process and slows down many a Swiss Cottage conveyancing transaction. Where a duplicate share certificate is needed, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (if relevant) for this at the earliest opportunity.
  • You believe that you know the number of years left on your lease but it would be advisable verify this by asking your conveyancers. A buyer’s conveyancer will be unlikely to recommend their client to to exchange contracts if the lease term is less than 75 years. It is therefore essential at an early stage that you identify whether the lease requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your property on the market for sale.

  • Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on our sale of a £450000 maisonette in Swiss Cottage next week. The landlords agents has quoted £420 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a flat conveyance in Swiss Cottage?

    Swiss Cottage conveyancing on leasehold flats more often than not involves the purchaser’s solicitor sending enquiries for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is not legally bound to answer such questions the majority will be willing to assist. They are at liberty invoice a reasonable administration fee for answering questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the paperwork that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some situations it is in excess of £800. The administration charge required by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of rights and obligations in respect of administration fees, otherwise the charge is not strictly payable. Reality however dictates that you have no option but to pay whatever is demanded if you want to exchange contracts with the buyer.

    My wife and I have hit a brick wall in trying to purchase the freehold in Swiss Cottage. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?

    in cases where there is a absentee landlord or if there is disagreement about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to determine the price.

    An example of a Lease Extension case for a Swiss Cottage residence is Raised Ground Floor Flat 20 Fitzjohns Avenue in July 2014. the Tribunal decided that the premiums to be paid for new leases in respect of the Raised Ground Floor Flat and the First Floor Flat were to be calculated as: Raised Ground Floor: £765,175.14 First Floor: £601,617.77 This case related to 2 flats. The the unexpired residue of the current lease was 16.83 and 16.43.

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