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Smithfield leasehold conveyancing: Q and A’s

Harry (my fiance) and I may need to sub-let our Smithfield garden flat temporarily due to a career opportunity. We used a Smithfield conveyancing firm in 2002 but they have closed and we did not have the foresight to seek any guidance as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?

Notwithstanding that your previous Smithfield conveyancing solicitor is no longer around you can review your lease to check if you are permitted to let out the apartment. The rule is that if the deeds are silent, subletting is permitted. There may be a precondition that you need to seek consent from your landlord or other appropriate person before subletting. The net result is that you cannot sublet in the absence of prior consent. Such consent is not allowed to be unreasonably turned down. If the lease does not allow you to sublet you should ask your landlord for their consent.

Having checked my lease I have discovered that there are only 62 years remaining on my flat in Smithfield. I am keen 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 for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be lengthened by the Court. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you or your lawyers have done all that could be expected to locate the lessor. On the whole a specialist should be useful to try and locate and to produce a report which can be accepted by the court as proof that the landlord is indeed missing. It is wise to seek advice from a solicitor both on investigating the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court overseeing Smithfield.

Expecting to complete next month on a basement flat in Smithfield. Conveyancing solicitors have said that they report fully on Monday. What should I be looking out for?

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

  • You should receive a copy of the lease
  • Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
  • An explanation as to the provision in the lease to pay service charges - with regard to both the building, and the more general rights a leaseholder has
  • 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
  • Whether the landlord has obligations to ensure rights of quiet enjoyment over your property and do you know what it means in practice?
  • What options are open to you if a neighbour is in violation of a provision in their lease?
  • 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 Smithfield please ask your conveyancer in ahead of your conveyancing in Smithfield

  • What advice can you give us when it comes to appointing a Smithfield conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?

    When appointing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Smithfield conveyancing firm) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We recommend that you talk with several firms including non Smithfield conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions could be helpful:

    • How familiar is the practice with lease extension legislation?
  • If the firm is not ALEP accredited then why not?

  • Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on our sale of a £225000 apartment in Smithfield next Monday . The managing agents has quoted £408 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Smithfield?

    Smithfield conveyancing on leasehold flats normally necessitates fees being raised by management companies :

    • Answering pre-contract enquiries
    • Where consent is required before sale in Smithfield
    • 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 lawyer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Smithfield leasehold property is £350. For Smithfield 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 required to supply the information.

    Smithfield Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries before Purchasing

      Can you inform me if there are any major works in the near future that will add a premium to the service charges? The majority of Smithfield leasehold properties will have a service charge for maintenance of the building invoiced by the landlord. If you acquire the apartment you will have to pay this amount, normally in instalments throughout the year. This can differ from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large communal areas. In all likelihood there will be a ground rent to be met yearly, this is usually not a exorbitant sum, say around £25-£75 but you need to enquire it because on occasion it can be prohibitively expensive. Who manages the block?

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