Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Newport Pagnell:

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Helen (my wife) and I may need to sub-let our Newport Pagnell 1st floor flat temporarily due to a new job. We instructed a Newport Pagnell conveyancing practice in 2003 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time seek any guidance as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?

Notwithstanding that your last Newport Pagnell conveyancing solicitor is not around you can check your lease to see if it allows you to sublet the apartment. The accepted inference is that if the deeds are non-specific, subletting is allowed. There may be a precondition that you are obliged to obtain permission via your landlord or other appropriate person in advance of subletting. The net result is you not allowed to sublet without prior consent. The consent must not not be unreasonably refused ore delayed. If your lease prohibits you from letting out the property you should ask your landlord if they are willing to waive this restriction.

I have recently realised that I have Fifty years left on my flat in Newport Pagnell. I am keen to extend my lease but my landlord is absent. 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 for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be lengthened by the magistrate. However, you will be required to demonstrate that you have used your best endeavours to track down the freeholder. For most situations a specialist would be helpful to try and locate and prepare a report which can be used as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a conveyancer in relation to devolving into the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court overseeing Newport Pagnell.

Due to sign contracts shortly on a leasehold property in Newport Pagnell. Conveyancing lawyers assured me that they are sending me a report on Monday. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Newport Pagnell should include some of the following:

  • Setting out your rights in relation to common areas in the block.E.G., does the lease permit a right of way over an accessway or staircase?
  • Do you need to have carpet in the flat or are you allowed wood flooring?
  • Does the lease prevent you from subletting the flat, or working from home
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Repair and maintenance of the flat
  • The landlord’s rights to access the flat you be made aware that your landlord has rights of access and I know how much notice s/he must provide.
  • What you can do if a neighbour is in violation of a provision in their lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Newport Pagnell please enquire of your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Newport Pagnell

  • I’m about to sell my 2 bed apartment in Newport Pagnell.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just received a yearly maintenance charge demand – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

    Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should pay the service charge 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 management companies will not acknowledge the buyer unless 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. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

    What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Newport Pagnell conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a property lawyer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Newport Pagnell conveyancing firm) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggested that you speak with two or three firms including non Newport Pagnell conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be useful:

    • How familiar is the practice with lease extension legislation?
  • If the firm is not ALEP accredited then what is the reason?

  • Leasehold Conveyancing in Newport Pagnell - Examples of Queries before Purchasing

      The prefered form of lease arrangement is where the freehold interest is in the ownership of the leaseholders. In this scenario the tenants have control and although a managing agent is usually retained if it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent is directed by the tenants. Best to be warned if window replacement or some other significant cost is pending to be shared amongst the leaseholders and could well materially increase the the service charges or result in a one off payment. How much is the ground rent and service charge?

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