Experts for Leasehold Conveyancing in Tokyngton

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Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Tokyngton

I am hoping to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Tokyngton. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they report fully within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, landlord
  • The total extent of the premises. This will be the apartment itself but may incorporate a loft or cellar if appropriate.
  • Setting out your rights in respect of the communal areas in the building.By way of example, does the lease grant a right of way over a path or hallways?
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • Whether the landlord has obligations to ensure rights of quiet enjoyment over your premises and do you know what it means in practice?
  • 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 For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Tokyngton please ask your lawyer in ahead of your conveyancing in Tokyngton

  • Last month I purchased a leasehold property in Tokyngton. Am I liable to pay service charges for periods before completion of my purchase?

    Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.

    If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).

    Can you offer any advice when it comes to appointing a Tokyngton conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a solicitor for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Tokyngton conveyancing firm) it is essential that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you speak with two or three firms including non Tokyngton conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be helpful:

    • If they are not ALEP accredited then what is the reason?
  • Can they put you in touch with client in Tokyngton who can give a testimonial?

  • Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Tokyngton with the intention of expediting the sale process?

    • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Tokyngton can be avoided if you instruct lawyers as soon as your agents start advertising the property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers conveyancers.
    • The majority landlords or managing agents in Tokyngton levy fees for supplying management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should enquire as to the fee that they propose to charge. The management pack can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most common reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Tokyngton.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Tokyngton leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring calls for a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such changes. Should you fail to have the paperwork to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your conveyancer before hand.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the Management Company, you should make sure that you have the original share document. Arranging a duplicate share certificate is often a time consuming formality and frustrates many a Tokyngton home move. Where a reissued share certificate is needed, do contact the company officers or managing agents (where applicable) for this sooner rather than later.
  • You believe that you know the number of years left on your lease but it would be wise to double-check by asking your conveyancers. A buyer’s conveyancer will be unlikely to recommend their client to where the lease term is less than 80 years. In the circumstances it is essential at an early stage that you identify whether the lease term for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your property on the market for sale.

  • Completion in due on our sale of a £275000 flat in Tokyngton on Monday in a week. The management company has quoted £408 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and previous years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge exorbitant fees for a leasehold conveyance in Tokyngton?

    Tokyngton conveyancing on leasehold apartments often necessitates the purchaser’s solicitor sending enquiries for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is not legally bound to address such questions most will be content to assist. They are at liberty levy a reasonable charge for answering enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some transactions it is above £800. The management information fee levied by the landlord must be accompanied by a synopsis of entitlements and obligations in relation to administration fees, otherwise the invoice is technically not due. Reality however dictates that one has little choice but to pay whatever is requested of you if you want to exchange contracts with the buyer.

    I have had difficulty in trying to purchase the freehold in Tokyngton. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?

    Most certainly. We are happy to put you in touch with a Tokyngton conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Tokyngton flat is Ground Floor Flat 79 London Road in September 2012. the Tribunal held that the premium payable for the lease extension should be £7,636 This case affected 1 flat. The the unexpired term as at the valuation date was 74 years.