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Questions and Answers: Morganstown leasehold conveyancing

I am on look out for some leasehold conveyancing in Morganstown. Before I set the wheels in motion I want to be sure as to the remaining lease term.

Assuming the lease is registered - and almost all are in Morganstown - 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 would like to rent out my leasehold apartment in Morganstown. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Is permission from the freeholder required?

Some leases for properties in Morganstown do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to see references. Experience suggests that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting consent.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to be perfect, at a great figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently discovered that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a leasehold house in Morganstown. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Morganstown ?

Most houses in Morganstown are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are buying in Morganstown so you should seriously consider looking for a Morganstown conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority 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 landlord’spermission to carry out changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your solicitor should advise you fully on all the issues.

Back In 2009, I bought a leasehold house in Morganstown. Conveyancing and Accord Mortgages Ltd mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1998. The conveyancing solicitor in Morganstown who acted for me is not around.Any advice?

The first thing you should do is make enquiries of the Land Registry to make sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is indeed the registered owner of the freehold reversion. There is no need to instruct a Morganstown 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 rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Morganstown with the purpose of expediting the sale process?

  • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Morganstown can be reduced where you appoint lawyers the minute you market your property and request that they start to collate the leasehold documentation needed by the buyers conveyancers.
  • Many landlords or managing agents in Morganstown charge for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. 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 reducing delays. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Morganstown.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Morganstown leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or laying down wooden flooring necessitate a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such alterations. Where you dont have the consents in place you should not contact the landlord without contacting your conveyancer in the first instance.
  • If there is a history of any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are settled prior to the flat being marketed. The buyers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a property where there is a current dispute. You will have to accept that you will have to 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 will still have to reveal particulars of the dispute to the buyers, but it is clearly preferable to present the dispute as historic as opposed to unsettled.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the Management Company, you should ensure that you have the original share document. Arranging a new share certificate can be a lengthy process and frustrates many a Morganstown home move. If a duplicate share is needed, do contact the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this at the earliest opportunity.

  • Morganstown Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Questions you should ask before buying

      How long is the Lease? How many of the leaseholders are in arrears for their service charge payments? The answer will be useful as a) areas may result in problems for the building as the communal areas may begin to deteriorate if repairs are not paid for b) if the leaseholders have a dispute with the managing agents you will wish to have complete disclosure

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