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Recently asked questions relating to Penistone leasehold conveyancing

I wish to rent out my leasehold apartment in Penistone. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask him. Do I need to ask my freeholder for their consent?

Even though your previous Penistone conveyancing lawyer is not available you can review your lease to check if it allows you to sublet the apartment. The accepted inference is that if the lease is silent, subletting is permitted. There may be a precondition that you are obliged to seek consent via your landlord or other appropriate person in advance of subletting. The net result is you not allowed to sublet in the absence of prior consent. The consent is not allowed to be unreasonably withheld. If the lease does not allow you to sublet you will need to ask your landlord if they are willing to waive this restriction.

I today plan to offer on a house that seems to be perfect, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have just been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a leasehold house in Penistone. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Penistone ?

Most houses in Penistone are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Penistone so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Penistone conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions such as requiring the freeholder’sconsent to carry out alterations. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your conveyancer should appraise you on the various issues.

I am a negotiator for a reputable estate agency in Penistone where we have experienced a few flat sales put at risk as a result of short leases. I have received conflicting advice from local Penistone conveyancing solicitors. Could you shed some light as to whether the owner of a flat can initiate the lease extension formalities for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

Provided that the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the proposed purchaser can avoid having to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or at the same time as completion of the disposal of the property.

Alternatively, it may be possible to agree the lease extension with the freeholder either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.

What advice can you give us when it comes to choosing a Penistone conveyancing practice to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Penistone conveyancing firm) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Penistone conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions might be of use:

  • If they are not ALEP accredited then why not?
  • Can they put you in touch with client in Penistone who can give a testimonial?

  • Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Penistone from the point of view of expediting the sale process?

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Penistone can be avoided if you get in touch lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold documentation which will be required by the purchasers’ representatives.
    • Many freeholders or managing agents in Penistone levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. 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 frequent reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Penistone.
  • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Penistone state that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such works. Where you dont have the approvals to hand you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your solicitor in advance.
  • Some Penistone leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, 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 able to meet 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 purchasers or their lawyers.
  • If you have the benefit of shareholding in the Management Company, you should ensure that you have the original share certificate. Organising a new share certificate is often a time consuming process and frustrates many a Penistone home move. If a duplicate share is required, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (if applicable) for this sooner rather than later.

  • Penistone Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing

      Generally speaking the cost for major works tend not to be incorporated into the maintenance charges, albeit that there some managing agents in Penistone require tenants to pay into a sinking fund and this is used to offset against larger works. The best form of lease arrangement is where the freehold title is in the ownership of the leaseholders. In this arrangement the leaseholders have control and notwithstanding that a managing agent is usually employed if the building is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent employed by the leaseholders. You should be aware that where the lease has less than eighty years it will impact the marketability of the apartment. It is worth checking with your bank that they are willing to go ahead with the loan given the lease term. Leases with less than 80 years remaining means that you will probably have to extend the lease at some point and you need to have some idea of how much this would cost. Remember, in most cases you will need to own the property for a couple of years before you are eligible to carry out a lease extension.

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