Frequently asked questions relating to Royton leasehold conveyancing
My partner and I may need to let out our Royton ground floor flat for a while due to taking a sabbatical. We used a Royton conveyancing firm in 2002 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?
A small minority of properties in Royton 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 consent.
I only have 72 years left on my lease in Royton. I am keen to get lease extension but my landlord is missing. What options are available to me?
If you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be extended by the Court. You will be obliged to prove that you have used your best endeavours to locate the freeholder. On the whole an enquiry agent would be useful to try and locate and to produce a report to be accepted by the court as proof that the landlord is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a conveyancer in relation to investigating the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Royton.
I own a leasehold flat in Royton. Conveyancing and Barnsley Building Society mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the freehold. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1996. The conveyancing solicitor in Royton who acted for me is not around.What should I do?
First contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is in fact the new freeholder. You do not need to instruct a Royton conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for £3. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.
I am a negotiator for a reputable estate agent office in Royton where we have experienced a number of leasehold sales jeopardised as a result of leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have received inconsistent advice from local Royton conveyancing solicitors. Can you shed some light as to whether the owner of a flat can initiate the lease extension process for the purchaser on completion of the sale?
Provided that 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. The benefit of this is that the buyer 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 before, or at the same time as completion of the sale.
Alternatively, it may be possible 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 purchaser.
All being well we will complete the disposal of our £350000 maisonette in Royton next Monday . The management company has quoted £408 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Royton?
Royton conveyancing on leasehold flats usually results in administration charges raised by landlords agents :
- Completing conveyancing due diligence questions
- Where consent is required before sale in Royton
- Copies of the building insurance and schedule
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Royton Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Questions you should consider Prior to Purchasing
Does this lease have in excess of 82 years remaining?
Can you tell me if there are any major works on the horizon that could increase the maintenance charges?
For most Royton leaseholds the cost for major works are not included within service charges, albeit that a few managing agents in Royton ask leaseholders to pay into a sinking fund and this is used to offset against larger repairs or maintenance.