Fixed-fee leasehold conveyancing in Writtle:

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Top Five Questions relating to Writtle leasehold conveyancing

My partner and I may need to rent out our Writtle basement flat for a while due to taking a sabbatical. We instructed a Writtle conveyancing practice in 2003 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time get any guidance as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?

Some leases for properties in Writtle do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord cannot unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to see references. Experience suggests 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 permission.

There are only 68 years remaining on my flat in Writtle. I now wish to get lease extension but my freeholder is can not be found. What should I do?

On the basis that you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply 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 magistrate. However, you will be required to prove that you have made all reasonable attempts to find the freeholder. For most situations a specialist may be useful to carry out a search and prepare an expert document to be accepted by the court as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a solicitor in relation to proving the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Writtle.

I today plan to offer on a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently found out 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 Writtle. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Writtle ?

The majority of houses in Writtle are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Writtle in which case you should be shopping around for a Writtle conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions for example obtaining the freeholder’spermission to conduct alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the estate where the property is located on an estate. Your lawyer will advise you fully on all the issues.

Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Writtle from the point of view of expediting the sale process?

  • Much of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Writtle can be avoided if you instruct lawyers the minute your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to collate the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ solicitors.
  • Many landlords or managing agents in Writtle charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should discover the actual amount of the charges. The management pack can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most common cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Writtle.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s permission? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Writtle leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or addition of wooden flooring necessitate a licence from the Landlord approving such changes. Where you dont have the approvals in place you should not contact the landlord without contacting your solicitor in the first instance.
  • If you hold a share in a the freehold, you should ensure that you have the original share document. Organising a replacement share certificate is often a time consuming formality and delays many a Writtle home move. Where a reissued share certificate is required, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (if relevant) for this sooner rather than later.
  • You may think that you are aware of the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be wise to double-check via your lawyers. A buyer’s lawyer will be unlikely to recommend their client to where the lease term is below 80 years. It is therefore essential at an as soon as possible that you consider whether the lease term requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

  • If all goes to plan we aim to complete our sale of a £300000 flat in Writtle on Monday in a week. The freeholder has quoted £312 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and 3 years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Writtle?

    Writtle conveyancing on leasehold apartments more often than not involves the purchaser’s conveyancer sending questions for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is not legally bound to answer these enquiries most will be content to assist. They may charge a reasonable charge for answering enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the paperwork that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some cases it exceeds £800. The management information fee invoiced by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of rights and obligations in respect of administration fees, without which the invoice is not strictly payable. In reality one has no option but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to sell the property.

    I invested in buying a basement flat in Writtle, conveyancing having been completed 2003. Can you let me have an estimate of the premium that my landlord can legally expect in return for granting a renewal of my lease? Similar flats in Writtle with a long lease are worth £188,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £60 invoiced every year. The lease terminates on 21st October 2102

    With 80 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £10,500 and £12,000 as well as costs.

    The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure without more comprehensive investigations. You should not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward based on this information before getting professional advice.

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