Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Stilton
Helen (my wife) and I may need to let out our Stilton 1st floor flat temporarily due to taking a sabbatical. We instructed a Stilton conveyancing practice in 2004 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time get any advice as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?
Notwithstanding that your previous Stilton conveyancing solicitor is no longer available you can check your lease to see if it allows you to sublet the property. The rule is that if the deeds are silent, subletting is permitted. Quite often there is a prerequisite that you must seek permission from your landlord or other appropriate person in advance of subletting. The net result is that you cannot sublet without prior consent. Such consent must not not be unreasonably refused ore delayed. If your lease does not allow you to sublet you should ask your landlord for their consent.
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to meet my requirements, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have since discovered that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Stilton. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?
The majority of houses in Stilton are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Stilton in which case you should be shopping around for a Stilton conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a leaseholder you will not be at liberty 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 maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your lawyer should advise you fully on all the issues.
I am a negotiator for a long established estate agency in Stilton where we have experienced a few flat sales jeopardised due to leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given conflicting advice from local Stilton conveyancing firms. Can you clarify whether the seller of a flat can instigate the lease extension process for the buyer?
Provided that the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the buyer need not have to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or simultaneously with completion of the sale.
An alternative approach is to agree the lease extension with the freeholder either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.
Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Stilton from the point of view of expediting the sale process?
- Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Stilton can be bypassed if you instruct lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold documentation needed by the buyers conveyancers.
- Many freeholders or Management Companies in Stilton levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should discover the actual amount of the charges. The management information sought on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most common reason for frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Stilton.
All being well we will complete our sale of a £400000 flat in Stilton in nine days. The managing agents has quoted £420 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Stilton?
Stilton conveyancing on leasehold flats typically necessitates administration charges invoiced by management companies :
- Completing pre-exchange questions
- Where consent is required before sale in Stilton
- Supplying insurance information
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Leasehold Conveyancing in Stilton - A selection of Queries Prior to Purchasing
Many Stilton leasehold properties will be liable to pay a service charge for the upkeep of the building set on behalf of the freeholder. If you purchase the property you will have to pay this contribution, usually periodically accross the year. This may differ from two or three hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large common areas. There will also be a rentcharge for you to pay annual, ordinarily this is not a significant figure, say approximately £25-£75 but you need to enquire as on occasion it can be surprisingly expensive.
You will want to find out as much as you can concerning the managing agents as they will impact your use and enjoyment of the property. As the owner of a leasehold property you will be at the mercy of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to daily issues like the tidiness of the common parts. Enquire of other people what they think of them. On a final note, find out the dates that you are obliged pay the service charge to the managing agents and precisely what it includes.
You should be aware that where the lease has no more than 80 years it will impact the value of the property. It is worth checking with your bank that they are happy with the length of the lease. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will almost definitely have to extend the lease sooner rather than later and you need to have some idea of how much this will be. For most Stiltonlease extensions you will need to own the residence for two years in order to be eligible to extend the lease.