Tiptree leasehold conveyancing Example Support Desk Enquiries
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have just discovered that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Tiptree. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?
Most houses in Tiptree are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Tiptree so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Tiptree conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the freeholder’spermission to conduct changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your solicitor should advise you fully on all the issues.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Tiptree. Conveyancing and Bank of Ireland mortgage are in place. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1998. The conveyancing solicitor in Tiptree who previously acted has long since retired.What should I do?
First make enquiries of the Land Registry to make sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is indeed the new freeholder. You do not need to instruct a Tiptree conveyancing practitioner to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for £3. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
Last month I purchased a leasehold flat in Tiptree. Do I have any liability for service charges relating to a period prior to my ownership?
Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
What advice can you give us when it comes to finding a Tiptree conveyancing practice to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?
If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Tiptree conveyancing firm) it is most important that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggested that you speak with several firms including non Tiptree conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be helpful:
- How experienced is the practice with lease extension legislation?
Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on the disposal of our £250000 garden flat in Tiptree next Tuesday . The freeholder has quoted £408 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Tiptree?
Tiptree conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes ordinarily involves fees being levied by freeholders :
- Addressing pre-contract questions
- Where consent is required before sale in Tiptree
- Copies of the building insurance and schedule
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Tiptree Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Questions you should consider before Purchasing
Does the lease have in excess of 82 years left?
Please note that where the lease has fewer than eighty years it will affect the value of the flat. Check with your mortgage company that they are content with the length of the lease. A short lease means that you will probably need a lease extension sooner rather than later and it is worth discovering what this would cost. Remember, in most cases you will be be obliged to have owned the premises for 24 months in order to be eligible to exercise a lease extension.
Who are the managing agents?