Examples of recent questions relating to leasehold conveyancing in Whaley Bridge
Jane (my partner) and I may need to rent out our Whaley Bridge ground floor flat temporarily due to a new job. We used a Whaley Bridge conveyancing practice in 2001 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?
Even though your previous Whaley Bridge conveyancing solicitor is no longer around you can check your lease to see if it allows you to sublet the property. The accepted inference is that if the lease is non-specific, subletting is permitted. Quite often there is a prerequisite that you must obtain permission via your landlord or some other party before subletting. The net result is that you cannot sublet without first obtaining permission. The consent must not not be unreasonably withheld. If your lease prohibits you from subletting the property you should ask your landlord if they are willing to waive this restriction.
Looking forward to exchange soon on a ground floor flat in Whaley Bridge. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they report fully tomorrow. What should I be looking out for?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Whaley Bridge should include some of the following:
- You should be sent a copy of the lease
I've recently bought a leasehold property in Whaley Bridge. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to my ownership?
Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to ensure 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 are your top tips when it comes to finding a Whaley Bridge conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Whaley Bridge conveyancing practice) it is essential that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We advise that you talk with several firms including non Whaley Bridge conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. Some following of questions could be helpful:
- How experienced is the firm with lease extension legislation?
What makes a Whaley Bridge lease unacceptable for security purposes?
There is nothing unique about leasehold conveyancing in Whaley Bridge. All leases is drafted differently and drafting errors can result in certain sections are erroneous. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:
- A provision to repair to or maintain parts of the building
- A duty to insure the building
- Clauses dealing with recovering service charges for expenditure on the building or common parts.
- Maintenance charge proportions which don’t add up to the correct percentage
You could have difficulties when selling your property if you have a defective lease as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Santander, Bank of Scotland, and Barclays Direct all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is defective they may refuse to provide security, forcing the purchaser to pull out.
I own a basement flat in Whaley Bridge, conveyancing was carried out in 2002. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Comparable properties in Whaley Bridge with an extended lease are worth £167,000. The ground rent is £65 invoiced annually. The lease ceases on 21st October 2072
With 52 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to span between £32,300 and £37,400 as well as plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.
The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to provide a more accurate figure without more comprehensive investigations. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be additional issues that need to be considered and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action placing reliance on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.