Sample questions relating to Waddon leasehold conveyancing
There are only 68 years unexpired on my flat in Waddon. I now wish to extend my lease but my landlord is missing. What options are available to me?
If you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be lengthened by the magistrate. You will be obliged to prove that you have used your best endeavours to locate the freeholder. In some cases an enquiry agent may be useful to conduct investigations and to produce a report to be accepted by the court as evidence that the landlord is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a conveyancer in relation to investigating the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Waddon.
Expecting to sign contracts shortly on a basement flat in Waddon. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they report fully next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Waddon should include some of the following:
- The physical extent of the demise. This will be the property itself but might include a loft or basement if appropriate.
I've found a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently discovered that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns buying a leasehold house in Waddon. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Waddon ?
Most houses in Waddon are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Waddon so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Waddon conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in dealing with leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a tenant you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as obtaining the freeholder’spermission to conduct alterations. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your lawyer will appraise you on the various issues.
Back In 2008, I bought a leasehold flat in Waddon. Conveyancing and Lloyds TSB Bank mortgage are in place. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1995. The conveyancing practitioner in Waddon who previously acted has now retired.Any advice?
First contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. It is not necessary to instruct a Waddon conveyancing firm to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.
What are your top tips when it comes to appointing a Waddon conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Waddon conveyancing practice) it is essential that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Waddon conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be useful:
- If they are not ALEP accredited then what is the reason?
Following months of dialogue we cannot agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Waddon. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?
Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Waddon conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Waddon flat is 29 Woodstock Road in April 2014. the Tribunal determined that the premiums to be paid into court in respect of the purchase of the freehold registered at HMLR under Title N0.SY3997 should be £7,217. This case related to 4 flats. The unexpired lease term was 98 years.