Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Uxbridge:

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Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Uxbridge

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Uxbridge. Before diving in I require certainty as to the remaining lease term.

If the lease is registered - and most are in Uxbridge - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title.For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

I have recently realised that I have 62 years left on my lease in Uxbridge. I am keen to get lease extension but my freeholder is absent. What options are available to me?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be lengthened by the magistrate. However, you will be required to prove that you or your lawyers have done all that could be expected to find the landlord. For most situations a specialist should be useful to conduct investigations and to produce an expert document which can be used as proof that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor both on proving the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Uxbridge.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have since been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns purchasing a leasehold house in Uxbridge. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Uxbridge ?

Most houses in Uxbridge are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are purchasing in Uxbridge so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Uxbridge conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a tenant you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the freeholder’sconsent to carry out changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your conveyancer should report to you on the legal implications.

Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Uxbridge with the purpose of speeding up the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Uxbridge can be avoided where you appoint lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
  • Many landlords or Management Companies in Uxbridge charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management information sought as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most frequent cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Uxbridge.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Uxbridge leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord consenting to such alterations. Should you dont have the approvals in place you should not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer first.
  • If there is a history of conflict with your freeholder or managing agents it is very important that these are settled prior to the flat being marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be warry about purchasing a flat where there is a current dispute. You may need to swallow your pride and discharge any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled ahead of the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose details of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is clearly preferable to reveal the dispute as over rather than unresolved.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the freehold, you should make sure that you are holding the original share certificate. Organising a replacement share certificate is often a time consuming process and frustrates many a Uxbridge home move. If a new share certificate is needed, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.

  • Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on our sale of a £500000 maisonette in Uxbridge in six days. The freeholder has quoted £300 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Uxbridge?

    Uxbridge conveyancing on leasehold apartments ordinarily results in administration charges levied by landlords agents :

    • Completing conveyancing due diligence enquiries
    • Where consent is required before sale in Uxbridge
    • Supplying insurance information
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Uxbridge leasehold premises is £350. For Uxbridge conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are required to provide answers.

    We have reached the end of our tether in negotiating a lease extension in Uxbridge. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?

    if there is a absentee freeholder or if there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the relevant statutes it is possible to make an application to the LVT to assess the sum to be paid.

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Uxbridge premises is 164 Nestles Avenue in October 2013. The tribunal agreed with the proposed price of £20,158 for the freehold and determined that that sum is the amount to be paid into court This case related to 2 flats. The the unexpired residue of the current lease was 69 years.

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