Top Five Questions relating to Mossley leasehold conveyancing
My fiance and I may need to rent out our Mossley ground floor flat temporarily due to taking a sabbatical. We used a Mossley conveyancing firm in 2001 but they have since shut and we did not have the foresight to get any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?
Some leases for properties in Mossley 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 review 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 permission.
I only have 72 years unexpired on my flat in Mossley. I now wish to get lease extension but my landlord is missing. What are my options?
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 an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be granted an extra 90 years by the Court. You will be obliged to prove that you have used your best endeavours to find the landlord. For most situations an enquiry agent would be useful to carry out a search and prepare an expert document which can be accepted by the court as proof that the landlord can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor in relation to proving the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Mossley.
I've found a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently discovered that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Mossley. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?
The majority of houses in Mossley are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Mossley in which case you should be shopping around for a Mossley conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as requiring the landlord’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your lawyer will advise you fully on all the issues.
I am looking at a two flats in Mossley both have in the region of 50 years remaining on the leases. Will this present a problem?
A lease is a legal document that entitles you to use the premises for a period of time. As a lease gets shorter the value of the lease deteriorate and it becomes more expensive to acquire a lease extension. This is why it is advisable to extend the lease term. More often than not it is difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease as mortgage companies less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease extension can be a protracted process. We recommend you get professional assistance from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this area
Completion in due on our sale of a £175000 garden flat in Mossley on Friday in a week. The managing agents has quoted £300 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and 3 years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Mossley?
For the majority of leasehold sales in Mossley conveyancing will involve, queries regarding the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :
- Answering conveyancing due diligence enquiries
- Where consent is required before sale in Mossley
- Supplying insurance information
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Leasehold Conveyancing in Mossley - Examples of Queries before buying
Most Mossley leasehold flats will incur a service charge for the upkeep of the block invoiced by the freeholder. Should you acquire the flat you will have to meet this liability, usually quarterly during the year. This could be anything from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common grounds. There will also be a ground rent to be met yearly, ordinarily this is not a significant figure, say around £25-£75 but you should to enquire as occasionally it can be many hundreds of pounds.
Are there any major works in the planning that could add a premium to the maintenance fees?
Is the freehold reversion owned collectively by the leaseholders?