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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Clifton

I have given 2 months notice to my existing landlord and have to leave my let out apartment in Clifton by the end of next month. Conveyancing for my house purchase is underway. Can I complete in six weeks as don't want to have to move into short term accommodation?

Generally one should not provide notice on a rental until you have exchanged. Assuming that you have not previously done so, update to your solicitor and request that they cajole the owners side, try to a target completion date that everyone will aim to achieve

My wife and I have a semi-detached Edwardian house in Clifton. Conveyancing lawyer represented me and National Westminster Bank. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and I saw a couple of entries: one for freehold, the second leasehold with the matching address. If a house is not a freehold shouldn't I have been informed?

You should review the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Clifton and other locations in the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they remortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with mortgage companies. You can also check the position with your conveyancing practitioner who conducted the work.

About to purchase a new build flat in Clifton. 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 legal work.

Set out below are examples of a few leasehold new build questions that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Clifton

    The Vendor must covenant to keep unsold units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore. 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. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Please supply a car parking plan.

I am looking for a flat up to £235,500 and identified one near me in Clifton I like with open areas and transport links in the vicinity, however it only has 52 years unexpired on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Clifton suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error acquiring a short lease?

If you need a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term may be problematic. Reduce the price by the amount the lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the existing owner has owned the premises for a minimum of twenty four months you could ask them to start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should consult your conveyancing solicitor about this.

I have just appointed agents to market my garden flat in Clifton.Conveyancing has not commenced but I have just had a half-yearly service charge demand – what should I do?

Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should discharge the invoice as usual given that all rents and maintenance payments should be apportionedon completion, so you should recover the relevant percentage by the purchaser for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most management companies 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

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