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Frequently asked questions relating to St Leonards On Sea leasehold conveyancing

Planning to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in St Leonards On Sea. Conveyancing solicitors inform me that they are sending me a report within the next couple of days. What should I be looking out for?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea should include some of the following:

  • You should be sent a copy of the lease
  • Details of the parties to the lease, for example these could be the leaseholder (you), head lessor, landlord
  • The total extent of the property. This will be the flat itself but may include a loft or cellar if appropriate.
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this is subject to change
  • 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?
  • Responsibility for repairing the window frames For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in St Leonards On Sea please enquire of your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea

  • I today plan to offer on a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have just been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns buying a leasehold house in St Leonards On Sea. Conveyancing solicitors have are about to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

    The majority of houses in St Leonards On Sea are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are buying in St Leonards On Sea so you should seriously consider shopping around for a St Leonards On Sea conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example obtaining the landlord’sconsent to conduct alterations. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your lawyer will advise you fully on all the issues.

    I own a leasehold flat in St Leonards On Sea. Conveyancing and Halifax mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1994. The conveyancing solicitor in St Leonards On Sea who acted for me is not around.What should I do?

    First contact the Land Registry to make sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is indeed the registered owner of the freehold reversion. It is not necessary to instruct a St Leonards On Sea conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for a few pound. You should note that regardless, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

    Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea from the perspective of speeding up the sale process?

    • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea can be avoided where you appoint lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers representatives.
    • Many freeholders or Management Companies in St Leonards On Sea levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should discover the actual amount of the charges. The management information sought on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most common reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s consent? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in St Leonards On Sea state that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such works. Where you fail to have the consents to hand you should not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer in advance.
  • A minority of St Leonards On Sea leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, you should place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers put in hand bank and professional references. Any bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are financially capable of paying 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 actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their solicitors.
  • If there is a history of any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is very important that these are settled prior to the flat being marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be reluctant to purchase a flat where there is a current dispute. You may have to bite the bullet and discharge any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled ahead of the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose details of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to reveal the dispute as historic rather than unresolved.

  • Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on the sale of our £400000 maisonette in St Leonards On Sea on Thursday in a week. The management company has quoted £324 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in St Leonards On Sea?

    For the majority of leasehold sales in St Leonards On Sea conveyancing will involve, questions about the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    • Addressing pre-exchange questions
    • Where consent is required before sale in St Leonards On Sea
    • 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 St Leonards On Sea leasehold property is £350. For St Leonards On Sea 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.

    Leasehold Conveyancing in St Leonards On Sea - A selection of Questions you should consider Prior to Purchasing

      Who is in charge of the block? Make sure you find out if there are any onerous prohibitions in the lease. For instance it is very common in St Leonards On Sea leases that pets are not permitted in certain buildings in St Leonards On Sea. If you love the propertyin St Leonards On Sea but your cat can’t move with you then you will be presented with a hard determination. Is the freehold reversion owned jointly by the leaseholders?

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