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I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Tedburn St Mary. Before diving in I want to be sure as to the unexpired term of the lease.

If the lease is registered - and almost all are in Tedburn St Mary - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title.For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

There are only Fifty years remaining on my lease in Tedburn St Mary. I need to get lease extension but my landlord is absent. What should I do?

If you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be extended by the Court. You will be obliged to prove that you have used your best endeavours to find the freeholder. On the whole an enquiry agent should be helpful to try and locate and to produce an expert document to be used as proof that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a property lawyer both on proving the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Tedburn St Mary.

I am a negotiator for a long established estate agent office in Tedburn St Mary where we have experienced a few leasehold sales put at risk as a result of leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given contradictory information from local Tedburn St Mary conveyancing solicitors. Please can you shed some light as to whether the owner of a flat can instigate the lease extension process for the buyer?

As long as 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 proposed purchaser can avoid having 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 disposal of the property.

Alternatively, it may be possible to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord 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 purchaser.

What advice can you give us when it comes to appointing a Tedburn St Mary conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

If you are instructing a property lawyer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Tedburn St Mary conveyancing firm) it is essential that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We recommend that you speak with several firms including non Tedburn St Mary conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be helpful:

  • If the firm is not ALEP accredited then why not?
  • What are the charges for lease extension work?

  • Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Tedburn St Mary from the point of view of expediting the sale process?

    • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Tedburn St Mary can be reduced if you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and request that they start to put together the leasehold information needed by the buyers solicitors.
    • If you have carried out any alterations to the residence would they have required Landlord’s permission? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Tedburn St Mary state that internal structural alterations or laying down wooden flooring necessitate a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such works. If you fail to have the consents in place you should not contact the landlord without contacting your conveyancer before hand.
  • A minority of Tedburn St Mary leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this applies to your lease, it would be prudent to place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers obtain financial (bank) and professional references. The bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is 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 service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their solicitors.
  • If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should make sure that you hold the original share certificate. Organising a re-issued share certificate is often a time consuming process and slows down many a Tedburn St Mary conveyancing deal. Where a reissued share is required, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later.
  • You believe that you know the number of years left on your lease but it would be wise to verify this via your solicitors. A buyer’s lawyer will be unlikely to recommend their client to where the lease term is under 80 years. In the circumstances it is essential at an early stage that you consider whether the lease for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your property on the market for sale.

  • Leasehold Conveyancing in Tedburn St Mary - Sample of Queries Prior to buying

      It is important to be aware if redecorating or some other major work is due shortly to be shared between the tenants and could well materially impact the level of the service charges or necessitate a one time payment. How long is the Lease? It would be a good idea to enquire if the the lease contains any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. By way of example it is reasonably common in Tedburn St Mary leases that pets are not permitted in in a block in Tedburn St Mary. If you like the propertyin Tedburn St Mary but your cat can’t move with you then you will be faced hard compromise.

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