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Sacriston leasehold conveyancing: Q and A’s

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Sacriston. Before diving in I want to be sure as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

If the lease is recorded at the land registry - and almost all are in Sacriston - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title.For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

I only have 62 years unexpired on my flat in Sacriston. I now want to extend my lease but my landlord is absent. What are my options?

If you qualify, 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 mean that your lease can be granted an extra 90 years by the magistrate. However, you will be required to demonstrate that you or your lawyers have used your best endeavours to track down the lessor. On the whole an enquiry agent should be helpful to try and locate and prepare a report which can be accepted by the court as evidence that the landlord is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a property lawyer both on proving the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Sacriston.

I today plan to offer on a house that seems to be perfect, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have since been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a leasehold house in Sacriston. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Sacriston ?

Most houses in Sacriston are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Sacriston in which case you should be shopping around for a Sacriston conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As 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 freeholder’sconsent to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the estate where the property is located on an estate. Your solicitor will advise you fully on all the issues.

Can you offer any advice when it comes to choosing a Sacriston conveyancing practice to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

If you are instructing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Sacriston conveyancing firm) it is essential that they 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 Sacriston 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 helpful:

  • What volume of lease extensions has the firm completed in Sacriston in the last year?
  • Can they put you in touch with client in Sacriston who can give a testimonial?

  • Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Sacriston with the purpose of expediting the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Sacriston can be avoided if you instruct lawyers the minute your agents start advertising the property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers conveyancers.
    • In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Sacriston leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or addition of wooden flooring calls for a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such works. If you fail to have the paperwork in place do not communicate with the landlord without checking with your lawyer first.
  • Some Sacriston leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this applies to your lease, it would be prudent to place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers put in hand financial (bank) and professional references. Any bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are 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 service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the purchasers or their lawyers.
  • If there is a history of conflict with your freeholder or managing agents it is very important that these are resolved prior to the flat being marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a property where a dispute is unresolved. You may need to swallow your pride and discharge any arrears of service charge or settle the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose particulars of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to reveal the dispute as over rather than unsettled.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the Management Company, you should ensure that you hold the original share document. Organising a re-issued share certificate is often a lengthy formality and frustrates many a Sacriston home move. Where a reissued share is required, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (if applicable) for this sooner rather than later.

  • Leasehold Conveyancing in Sacriston - Examples of Questions you should ask Prior to buying

      Is there a share of the freehold? The answer will be useful as a) areas can cause problems in the block as the common areas may begin to deteriorate where maintenance remain unpaid b) if the leasehold owners have an issue with the running of the building you will wish to have all the details Best to be warned if window replacement or some other significant cost is anticipated that will be shared between the leasehold owners and will materially impact the level of the service fees or necessitate a one off invoice.

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