Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Sandhurst:

Whether you are buying or selling leasehold flat in Sandhurst, our panel of leasehold conveyancing experts will help you move with as little stress as possible. Find a Sandhurst conveyancing lawyer with our search tool

Questions and Answers: Sandhurst leasehold conveyancing

I am hoping to exchange soon on a basement flat in Sandhurst. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they will have a report out to me next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

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

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • The physical extent of the premises. This will be the apartment itself but may incorporate a roof space or basement if applicable.
  • Setting out your legal entitlements in relation to the communal areas in the building.For example, does the lease provide for a right of way over a path or staircase?
  • Does the lease prevent you from subletting the flat, or having a home office for business
  • I don't know whether the lease allows me to alter or improve anything in the flat - you should know whether it applies to all alterations or just structural alteration, and whether consent is required
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames
  • What the implications are if you breach a clause of your lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Sandhurst please enquire of your lawyer in ahead of your conveyancing in Sandhurst

  • Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my 2 bed apartment in Sandhurst.Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon but I have just received a half-yearly maintenance charge invoice – what should I do?

    Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should discharge the invoice 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. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.

    I today plan to offer on a house that seems to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have just been informed that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Sandhurst. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

    The majority of houses in Sandhurst are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Sandhurst so you should seriously consider looking for a Sandhurst conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions for example requiring the landlord’sconsent to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the property is part of an estate. Your conveyancer will report to you on the legal implications.

    Last month I purchased a leasehold flat in Sandhurst. Do I have any liability for service charges relating to a period prior to completion of my purchase?

    In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.

    If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).

    If all goes to plan we aim to complete the disposal of our £225000 garden flat in Sandhurst in just under a week. The landlords agents has quoted £420 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and 3 years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Sandhurst?

    For the majority of leasehold sales in Sandhurst conveyancing will involve, queries regarding the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    • Answering conveyancing due diligence enquiries
    • Where consent is required before sale in Sandhurst
    • Copies of the building insurance and schedule
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Sandhurst leasehold premises is £350. For Sandhurst conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to supply the information.

    Leasehold Conveyancing in Sandhurst - A selection of Questions you should consider before buying

      For many Sandhurst leaseholds the cost for major works are not wrapped into the maintenance charges, albeit that there some managing agents in Sandhurst ask leasehold owners to contribute towards a sinking fund and this is used to offset against major works. How is the lease structured? What is the the remaining lease term?

    Other Topics

    Lease Extensions in Sandhurst