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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Castleton and Blacktown

Can the conveyancing practitioners that you recommend handle right to buy conveyancing in Castleton and Blacktown?

We work with a number of conveyancing firms carrying out right to buy conveyancing work You should e-mail the lawyers listed in order to get a conveyancing quote.

Why do I have to pay up front when it comes to conveyancing in Castleton and Blacktown?

If you are buying a property in Castleton and Blacktown your solicitor will ask you put them with funds to cover the the cost of the conveyancing searches. Generally this is called for to cover the fees of the conveyancing searches. When the deposit is payable against the purchase price then this should be needed immediately before contracts are exchanged. The closing balance that is due will be payable a couple of days prior to the day of completion.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a flat up to £245,000 and identified one round the corner in Castleton and Blacktown I like with amenity areas and railway links nearby, however it's only got 51 years unexpired on the lease. There is not much else in Castleton and Blacktown suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error purchasing a short lease?

Should you require a mortgage that many years may be problematic. Reduce the offer by the anticipated lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing owner has owned the premises for at least twenty four months you may request that they start the process of the extension and pass it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease term and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer regarding this.

I have just started marketing my 2 bed flat in Castleton and Blacktown. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed, however I have just had a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

It best that you clear the invoice as usual given that all rents and maintenance charges should be allotted on completion, so you should recover the relevant percentage by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer unless the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

I bought a 1st floor flat in Castleton and Blacktown, conveyancing was carried out 3 years ago. How much will my lease extension cost? Comparable properties in Castleton and Blacktown with a long lease are worth £195,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £45 charged once a year. The lease terminates on 21st October 2084

With only 63 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £16,200 and £18,600 plus professional fees.

The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to supply a more accurate figure without more comprehensive due diligence. You should not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt other concerns that need to be considered and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information without first getting professional advice.

We own a leasehold flat in Castleton and Blacktown. Conveyancing was finished in 2009. I have read on numerous advice forums that I should not allow the the remaining lease term to fall too low. What is the reasoning?

Castleton and Blacktown leasehold properties are for a prescribed term - normally ninety nine years when they started. However many flats in Castleton and Blacktown were constructed or converted 30 or more years ago and so these leases now have fewer than eighty years unexpired. That may seem like plenty of time however Banks, Building Societies and other mortgage institutions on the whole require leases to have at least seventy five years remaining to adequate security. Accordingly when you come to sell the property you will need to extend the term of your lease if you are approaching eighty years. To increase your property value you should be thinking about whether to extend your lease long before you come to sell it. There are also significant benefits to doing so before the lease hits eighty years as when the lease falls below 80 years the amount to be paid to extend starts to increase.

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