Shirehampton leasehold conveyancing Example Support Desk Enquiries
Helen (my wife) and I may need to sub-let our Shirehampton 1st floor flat temporarily due to a new job. We used a Shirehampton conveyancing practice in 2001 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time get any guidance as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?
Your lease governs the relationship between the landlord and you the leaseholder; specifically, it will say if subletting is prohibited, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The accepted inference is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. The majority of leases in Shirehampton do not contain an absolute prevention of subletting – such a provision would adversely affect the market value the property. Instead, there is usually simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a copy of the tenancy agreement.
I am hoping to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Shirehampton. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they report fully next week. What should I be looking out for?
Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Shirehampton should include some of the following:
- How long the lease is You should be advised as what happens when the lease ends, and informed of the importance of the 80 year mark
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have since been informed that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Shirehampton. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Shirehampton ?
Most houses in Shirehampton are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Shirehampton in which case you should be shopping around for a Shirehampton conveyancing practitioner and check that they have experience in dealing with leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the freeholder’spermission to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will report to you on the legal implications.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Shirehampton. Conveyancing and Yorkshire Building Society mortgage went though with no issue. A letter has just been received from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. Attached was a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1998. The conveyancing practitioner in Shirehampton who acted for me is not around.Do I pay?
First make enquiries of HMLR to make sure that this person is in fact the new freeholder. You do not need to incur the fees of a Shirehampton conveyancing practitioner to do this as it can be done on-line for a few pound. You should note that regardless, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
What are the frequently found deficiencies that you encounter in leases for Shirehampton properties?
There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Shirehampton. Most leases are individual and drafting errors can sometimes mean that certain provisions are not included. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:
- Repairing obligations to or maintain parts of the premises
- Insurance obligations
- Clauses dealing with recovering service charges for expenditure on the building or common parts.
- Maintenance charge proportions which don’t add up to the correct percentage
You could have difficulties when selling your property if you have a defective lease primarily because it impacts on the ability to obtain a mortgage on the property. Santander, Bank of Scotland, and Alliance & Leicester all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is problematic they may refuse to provide security, obliging the purchaser to withdraw.
Shirehampton Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Questions you should consider Prior to buying
Can you tell me if there are any major works on the horizon that will add a premium to the service charges?
How much is the maintenance charge and ground rent on the apartment?
Is there a share of the freehold?