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Sample questions relating to Walthamstow Village leasehold conveyancing

I am hoping to exchange soon on a garden flat in Walthamstow Village. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they report fully on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • How long the lease is You should be advised as what happens when the lease expires, and aware of the importance of the 80 year mark
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the property, or working from home
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • 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
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For details of the information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Walthamstow Village please enquire of your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Walthamstow Village

  • I've found a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it more attractive. I have just found out that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Walthamstow Village. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Walthamstow Village ?

    The majority of houses in Walthamstow Village are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Walthamstow Village so you should seriously consider looking for a Walthamstow Village conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to dealing with leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the freeholder’spermission to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your solicitor will report to you on the legal implications.

    My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Walthamstow Village. Conveyancing and Birmingham Midshires mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the freehold. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1998. The conveyancing practitioner in Walthamstow Village who previously acted has now retired.What should I do?

    The first thing you should do is contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is indeed the registered owner of the freehold reversion. You do not need to instruct a Walthamstow Village conveyancing lawyer to do this as it can be done on-line for a few pound. You should note that regardless, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

    What advice can you give us when it comes to finding a Walthamstow Village conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

    If you are instructing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Walthamstow Village 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 speak with several firms including non Walthamstow Village conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be helpful:

    • How familiar is the firm with lease extension legislation?
  • If they are not ALEP accredited then why not?

  • Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Walthamstow Village with the intention of speeding up the sale process?

    • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Walthamstow Village can be bypassed where you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
    • Many freeholders or managing agents in Walthamstow Village levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management information sought on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most common cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Walthamstow Village.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s permission? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Walthamstow Village state that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring necessitate a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such changes. Where you dont have the approvals to hand do not contact the landlord without contacting your conveyancer first.
  • A minority of Walthamstow Village leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this applies to your lease, it would be prudent to place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers obtain bank and professional references. Any bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is financially capable of paying the annual service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their solicitors.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should ensure that you have the original share document. Obtaining a replacement share certificate can be a lengthy process and delays many a Walthamstow Village conveyancing deal. If a duplicate share is necessary, do contact the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.

  • Following years of negotiations we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Walthamstow Village. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?

    in cases where there is a missing landlord or if there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the LVT to assess the premium.

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Walthamstow Village flat is 32 Howard Road in June 2012. the Tribunal held that premium payable for the freehold reversion should be £35,825 This case related to 2 flats. The the unexpired residue of the current lease was 64 years.