Guaranteed fixed fees for Leasehold Conveyancing in Prestbury

Any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically deal with your leasehold conveyancing in Prestbury, your mortgage provider may unwilling to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

Recently asked questions relating to Prestbury leasehold conveyancing

My husband and I may need to let out our Prestbury 1st floor flat temporarily due to a career opportunity. We used a Prestbury conveyancing firm in 2001 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time get any guidance as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?

Some leases for properties in Prestbury do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord cannot 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 permission.

Looking forward to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Prestbury. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they will have a report out to me tomorrow. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • The total extent of the property. This will be the flat itself but may include a loft or basement if appropriate.
  • Does the lease prevent you from letting out the property, or having a home office for business
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Prestbury please ask your solicitor in advance of your conveyancing in Prestbury

  • I've found a house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a great price which is making it all the more appealing. I have since been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Prestbury. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

    Most houses in Prestbury are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are buying in Prestbury so you should seriously consider looking for a Prestbury conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in dealing with 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 with the house. The lease will likely included provisions for example obtaining the landlord’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the property is part of an estate. Your lawyer will advise you fully on all the issues.

    I am a negotiator for a reputable estate agent office in Prestbury where we have experienced a few leasehold sales put at risk due to short leases. I have received conflicting advice from local Prestbury conveyancing firms. Could you clarify whether the vendor of a flat can start the lease extension process for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

    As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to commence the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the buyer can avoid having to sit tight for 2 years for a lease extension. 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 sale.

    An alternative approach is to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord 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.

    Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Prestbury with the intention of saving time on the sale process?

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Prestbury can be avoided if you get in touch lawyers as soon as your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers representatives.
    • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Most leases in Prestbury state that internal structural alterations or laying down wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such alterations. If you dont have the approvals in place you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your solicitor in advance.
  • A minority of Prestbury leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this is the case, you should notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers obtain bank and professional references. The 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 had any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is very important that these are resolved prior to the flat being put on the market. The purchasers and their solicitors will be nervous about purchasing a property where there is an ongoing dispute. You may have to bite the bullet and discharge any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to completion of the sale. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You will still have to reveal details of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is clearly preferable to present the dispute as historic rather than unresolved.
  • You believe that you know the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be wise to verify this by asking your solicitors. A purchaser's conveyancer will be unlikely to recommend their client to proceed with the purchase of a leasehold property the lease term is under 80 years. It is therefore important at an early stage that you consider whether the lease term requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

  • Leasehold Conveyancing in Prestbury - Sample of Questions you should ask before Purchasing

      For many Prestbury leaseholds the cost for major works are not wrapped into the maintenance charges, albeit that some managing agents in Prestbury require leasehold owners to pay into a sinking fund and this is used to offset against major repairs or maintenance. It is important to be aware if fixing the lift or some other major work is anticipated that will be shared by the leaseholders and may well dramatically increase the the service costs or necessitate a one time payment. Can you tell me if there are any major works in the near future that will increase the service fees?

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