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Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Werrington. Before diving in I would like to find out the unexpired term of the lease.

Assuming the lease is registered - and almost all are in Werrington - 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 62 years left on my flat in Werrington. I now wish to extend my lease but my landlord is missing. What options are available to me?

On the basis that you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application 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 prove that you have used your best endeavours to track down the landlord. For most situations a specialist may be useful to carry out a search and to produce an expert document which can be used as evidence that the freeholder is indeed missing. It is wise to seek advice from a conveyancer in relation to proving the landlord’s disappearance and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Werrington.

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 just been informed that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a leasehold house in Werrington. Conveyancing solicitors have are about to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Werrington ?

The majority of houses in Werrington are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Werrington so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Werrington conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions such as requiring the landlord’spermission to conduct alterations. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the upkeep of the estate where the property is located on an estate. Your conveyancer should advise you fully on all the issues.

I am attracted to a couple of maisonettes in Werrington which have in the region of fifty years unexpired on the leases. Will this present a problem?

There are plenty of short leases in Werrington. The lease is a right to use the premises for a prescribed time frame. As a lease shortens the saleability of the lease decreases and it becomes more costly to acquire a lease extension. For this reason it is advisable to extend the lease term. More often than not it is difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease as mortgage companies may be unwilling to lend money on properties of this type. Lease extension can be a protracted process. We recommend you seek professional assistance from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this area

I work for a busy estate agent office in Werrington where we see a number of leasehold sales jeopardised as a result of short leases. I have been given contradictory information from local Werrington conveyancing firms. Could you shed some light as to whether the seller of a flat can commence 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 buyer need not have to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done before, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

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 purchaser.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Werrington - Sample of Queries before buying

    Most Werrington leasehold properties will incur a service charge for the upkeep of the block set by the freeholder. If you purchase the flat you will have to meet this amount, usually periodically during the year. This could vary from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large common grounds. There will also be a rentcharge to be met annual, this is usually not a exorbitant figure, say approximately £50-£100 but you should to enquire it because sometimes it could be many hundreds of pounds. Where a Werrington lease has less than eighty years it will affect the salability of the flat. Check with your lender that they are willing to lend given the lease term. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will almost definitely have to extend the lease sooner rather than later and it is worth discovering what this will be. For most Werringtonlease extensions you would be be obliged to have been the owner of the residence for 24 months in order to be eligible to exercise a lease extension. How is the lease structured?

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