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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bushey

We are selling our property in Bushey and according to the buyers it appears that there is a possibility that the property was built on contaminated land. A local conveyancer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers are using an internet conveyancing outfit rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Bushey. Having lived in Bushey for three years we know that this is a non issue. Do we contact our local Authority to seek clarification that there is no issue.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor already. What do they say? You should enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same sickness)

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up during conveyancing in Bushey?

Restrictive covenants can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Bushey. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

I have been on the look out for a leasehold apartment up to £195,000 and identified one near me in Bushey I like with amenity areas and station nearby, the downside is that it's only got 61 years on the lease. There is not much else in Bushey suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake buying a lease with such few years left?

If you need a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term will be an issue. Reduce the offer by the amount the lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the existing proprietor has owned the property for a minimum of twenty four months you could request that they commence the lease extension formalities and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease term with a zero ground rent applied. You should consult your conveyancing solicitor concerning this.

I have been pointed in your direction by a few selling agents in Bushey to find a property lawyer using your seach tool. What’s the financial incentive for Estate Agents to market your site ahead of a competitor’s?

We refuse to make any referral fee for directing people in our direction. We found it would be just too difficult to pay a commission because a client could think, ‘How come the agent getting a kickback? Why aren’t I receiving any benefit too?’ We would prefer to grow our business on genuine recommendations.

I today plan to offer on a house that appears to be perfect, at a great figure which is making it more attractive. I have just found out that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Bushey. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Bushey ?

The majority of houses in Bushey are freehold and not 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 clear that you are purchasing in Bushey so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Bushey conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they are used to dealing with leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a lessee you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as requiring the landlord’sconsent to carry out changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your lawyer should appraise you on the various issues.

Having spent months of dialogue we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Bushey. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?

Absolutely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Bushey conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Bushey premises is 197 Byron Road in March 2013. In relation to the value of the extended lease the tribunal concluded that the appropriate premium should be £19237 This case related to 1 flat. The unexpired term was 70.92 years.

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