Questions and Answers: Witham leasehold conveyancing
I am intending to let out my leasehold flat in Witham. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Do I need to ask my freeholder for permission?
A small minority of properties in Witham do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience dictates that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting consent.
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to meet my requirements, at a great figure which is making it more attractive. I have just been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Witham. Conveyancing advisers have are about to be instructed. Will they explain the issues?
Most houses in Witham are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Witham so you should seriously consider looking for a Witham conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. First 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 for example obtaining the landlord’spermission to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your lawyer will report to you on the legal implications.
My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Witham. Conveyancing and Birmingham Midshires mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1996. The conveyancing practitioner in Witham who acted for me is not around.What should I do?
The first thing you should do is contact HMLR to make sure that the individual purporting to own the freehold is indeed the new freeholder. There is no need to instruct a Witham conveyancing lawyer to do this as it can be done on-line for less than a fiver. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.
Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Witham from the point of view of expediting the sale process?
- Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Witham can be bypassed where you instruct lawyers the minute your agents start advertising the property and request that they start to collate the leasehold documentation which will be required by the purchasers’ lawyers.
- The majority freeholders or Management Companies in Witham levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold homes. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management pack can be applied for on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Witham.
Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on the disposal of our £475000 garden flat in Witham on Monday in a week. The freeholder has quoted £312 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Witham?
Witham conveyancing on leasehold apartments normally results in administration charges levied by management companies :
- Addressing pre-contract questions
- Where consent is required before sale in Witham
- Supplying insurance information
- Deeds of covenant upon sale
- Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
I acquired a garden flat in Witham, conveyancing formalities finalised 1997. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Corresponding flats in Witham with over 90 years remaining are worth £188,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 per annum. The lease ends on 21st October 2098
You have 75 years left to run we estimate the premium for your lease extension to be between £11,400 and £13,200 as well as professional fees.
The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure in the absence of detailed due diligence. You should not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.