Recently asked questions relating to Thornton Heath leasehold conveyancing
I have recently realised that I have 68 years left on my lease in Thornton Heath. I now want to extend my lease but my landlord is missing. What should I do?
If you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be granted an extra 90 years by the magistrate. However, you will be required to demonstrate that you have used your best endeavours to locate the landlord. For most situations an enquiry agent should be useful to conduct investigations and to produce a report which can be used as proof that the landlord can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a property lawyer both on investigating the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Thornton Heath.
Due to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Thornton Heath. Conveyancing lawyers inform me that they will have a report out to me next week. What should I be looking out for?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Thornton Heath should include some of the following:
- Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
I have just appointed agents to market my garden apartment in Thornton Heath.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just had a yearly maintenance charge demand – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?
The sensible thing to do is pay the service charge as normal because all ground rent and service charges will be apportioned on completion, so you will be reimbursed by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the next payment date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer unless the service charges have been paid and are up to date so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Thornton Heath. Conveyancing and The Mortgage Works mortgage organised. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1997. The conveyancing practitioner in Thornton Heath who acted for me is not around.Any advice?
First contact the Land Registry to make sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. You do not need to instruct a Thornton Heath conveyancing lawyer to do this as it can be done on-line for £3. You should note that in any event, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.
We expect to complete the sale of our £350000 apartment in Thornton Heath next Monday . The freeholder has quoted £420 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Thornton Heath?
Thornton Heath conveyancing on leasehold flats normally necessitates the buyer’s solicitor sending questions for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to address such questions the majority will be content to do so. They are entitled invoice a reasonable charge for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the paperwork that you are referring to is £350, in some cases it exceeds £800. The administration charge demanded by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of entitlements and obligations in relation to administration fees, otherwise the invoice is technically not due. In reality you have little option but to pay whatever is demanded should you wish to sell the property.
I inherited a ground-floor 1950’s flat in Thornton Heath. Given that I can not reach agreement with the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the sum payable for the purchase of the freehold?
Most definitely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Thornton Heath conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Thornton Heath property is Ground Floor Flat 14 Lodge Road in October 2013. the tribunal held that the price payable for the acquisition of the extended lease of the property should be £12,590 .00 This case related to 1 flat. The the number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 69.46 years.