I purchased a freehold house in East Croydon but nevertheless charged rent, why is this and what is this?
It is rare for properties in East Croydon and has limited impact for conveyancing in East Croydon but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.
Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of new rentcharges from 1977 onwards.
Old rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 will be dispensed with completely.
Is it the case that all East Croydon conveyancing solicitors on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel are governed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?
As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel they would need to be overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Some lenders do permit licenced conveyancers on their panel and in such a situation the firms would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
I have paid off my mortgage with Principality. I assume I don't need a East Croydon conveyancing practitioner on the Principality panel to discharge the mortgage at the Land Registry. Please confirm.
If you have finished paying off your Principality mortgage, they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Principality mortgage from the register. Principality, and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage:
- but are not moving to another property
- where Principality has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and
- Principality has instructed the Land Registry to do so
I was told two weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by Nationwide. Is it usual for Nationwide to only issue the offer once my solicitor in East Croydon is approved on their conveyancing panel? Nationwide have asked my solicitor to see a copy of their Professional Indemnity Insurance Schedule.
A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Nationwide to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the Nationwide conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.
Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to my property are lost. The lawyers who conducted the conveyancing in East Croydon 5 years ago are no longer around. Will I be able to sell the house?
Gone are the days when you need to have the physical deeds to evidence that you are the owner of your registered land or property, given that the Land Registry hold details of all registered land or property electronically.
About to purchase a new build flat in East Croydon. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.
Here is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build questions that you should expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in East Croydon
Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Please confirm the Lease plans are surveyor prepared. Please supply a car parking plan. Please supply evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. 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.
Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my 2 bed flat in East Croydon. Conveyancing is yet to be initiated, however I have just had a quarterly service charge demand – what should I do?
The sensible thing to do is pay the invoice as normal because all ground rent and maintenance invoices should be apportioned on completion, so you will be reimbursed by the purchaser 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 have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without any joy. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on such matters? Can you recommend a East Croydon conveyancing firm to act on my behalf?
Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a East Croydon conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a East Croydon premises is 29 Woodstock Road in April 2014. the Tribunal determined that the premiums to be paid into court in respect of the purchase of the freehold registered at HMLR under Title N0.SY3997 should be £7,217. This case related to 4 flats. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 98 years.