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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Chelsea

Will commercial conveyancing searches reveal impending roadworks that could impact a commercial site in Chelsea?

Many commercial conveyancing solicitors in Chelsea will conduct a SiteSolutions Highways report as it reduces the time that conveyancers expend in investigating accurate data on highways that impact buildings and development assets in Chelsea. The search result provides definitive data on the adoption status of roads, footpaths and verges, as well as the implication of traffic schemes and the rights of way surrounding a commercial development sites in Chelsea.

For each commercial conveyancing transaction in Chelsea it is crucial to investigate the adoption status of roads surrounding a site. The absence of identifying developments where adoption procedures have not been addressed adequately could cause delays to Chelsea commercial conveyancing transactions as well as pose a risk to future plans for the site. These searches are not carried out for domestic conveyancing in Chelsea.

I am buying a new build flat in Chelsea. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Here is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build questions that you should expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Chelsea

    Where there is an Undertaking being granted there is the risk of forfeiture of the Headlease subject to relief if one or more of the Underlessees are willing to accept the original Head Lessee’s obligations as otherwise relief will be denied to the Underlessees. The only alternatives are the Head Lessor agreeing not to forfeit the Headlease or the Head Lessee guaranteeing to the Underlessees that it will not be in breach of the Headlease. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal. Please supply a car parking plan.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a ground for flat up to £245,000 and identified one near me in Chelsea I like with open areas and station nearby, the downside is that it's only got 52 years on the lease. There is not much else in Chelsea for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake acquiring a lease with such few years left?

If you need a home loan the shortness of the lease may be a potential deal breaker. Reduce the price by the anticipated lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing owner has owned the property for at least 2 years you can ask them to start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the current lease term with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer regarding this matter.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to be perfect, at a reasonable figure which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently discovered that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Chelsea. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been appointed. Will they explain the issues?

Most houses in Chelsea are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where 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 Chelsea in which case you should be looking for a Chelsea conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a lessee you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the landlord’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. 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 report to you on the legal implications.

Following months of correspondence we simply can't agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Chelsea. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?

Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Chelsea conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Chelsea residence is 150A Albert Palace Mansions Lurline Gardens in July 2013. The Tribunal determined that the premium payable for the new lease of the subject property was £42,069 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 57.06 years.

Is it true that a Chelsea conveyancing practice got sued by a client for not carrying out comprehensive conveyancing searches?

We are not aware of such a Chelsea conveyancing claim but it has been reported that, clients buying a house in Cumbria successfully sued their lawyer as a consequence of development permission to build a wind farm not being picked up in conveyancing searches.

Where you are purchasing in Chelsea It is essential that your conveyancer purchase all Chelsea conveyancing searches required to ensure you have relevant and up to date information before acquiring a property.

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