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Recently asked questions relating to West Green leasehold conveyancing

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in West Green. Before diving in I would like to find out the unexpired term of the lease.

If the lease is registered - and almost all are in West Green - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars 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.

Planning to exchange soon on a garden flat in West Green. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they will have a report out to me within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • The physical extent of the demise. This will be the property itself but could also incorporate a loft or basement if appropriate.
  • Defining your legal entitlements in relation to the communal areas in the block.By way of example, does the lease permit a right of way over a path or hallways?
  • Does the lease prevent you from renting out the flat, or working from home
  • You should be told what counts as a Nuisance in the lease
  • Whether your lease has a provision for a sinking fund?
  • 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 For a comprehensive list of information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in West Green please enquire of your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in West Green

  • Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my ground floor flat in West Green.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just received a half-yearly service charge invoice – Do I pay up?

    The sensible thing to do is discharge the invoice 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 managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer until 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.

    I own a leasehold flat in West Green. Conveyancing and Clydesdale mortgage went though with no issue. A letter has just been received from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1997. The conveyancing practitioner in West Green who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

    The first thing you should do is make enquiries of HMLR to be sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is in fact the new freeholder. You do not need to instruct a West Green conveyancing firm to do this as it can be done on-line for less than a fiver. Rest assured that regardless, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

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

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in West Green can be reduced if you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and request that they start to put together the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ solicitors.
    • The majority freeholders or Management Companies in West Green levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should find out the fee that they propose to charge. The management information sought as soon as you have a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most common reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in West Green.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the premises would they have required Landlord’s permission? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in West Green state that internal structural changes or installing wooden flooring calls for a licence issued by the Landlord approving such changes. Should you dont have the paperwork to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without checking with your conveyancer in the first instance.
  • A minority of West Green leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this is the case, it would be prudent to place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers obtain financial (bank) and professional references. Any bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are able to meet the yearly 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 lawyers.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should make sure that you are holding the original share certificate. Arranging a replacement share certificate is often a lengthy process and frustrates many a West Green conveyancing deal. Where a reissued share certificate is needed, do contact the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this at the earliest opportunity.

  • I have had difficulty in seeking a lease extension in West Green. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?

    Most definitely. We can put you in touch with a West Green conveyancing firm who can help.

    An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a West Green property is 61 Clinton Road in April 2012. Following a vesting order Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court under section 26 of the Leasehold Reform,Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 on 5th July 2011 the Tribunal decided that the price that the Applicant for the freehold interest should pay is £17,000 This case related to 2 flats. The unexpired lease term was 73.88 years.