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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Manchester

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in Manchester. Conveyancing is necessary evil 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 Manchester

    Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. 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. Please provide evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a property I have offered on two weeks back in what was supposed to be a quick, no chain conveyancing. Manchester is the location of the property. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Manchester are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Manchester you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds thoroughly. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Manchester may ascertain that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold premises.

What does commercial conveyancing in Manchester cover?

Manchester conveyancing for business premises covers a broad array of services, provided by qualified solicitors, relating to business property. For example, this area of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more commonly, the assignment of existing business tenancies or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial mortgages and the termination of tenancies.

Am I better off to appoint a Manchester conveyancing practitioner who is local to the property I am purchasing? An old friend can carry out the legal formalities but they are based a couple of hundredmiles away.

The primary upside of using a high street Manchester conveyancing practice is that you can drop in to execute documents, hand in your identification documents and pester them where appropriate. Having local Manchester know how is a plus. That being said it's more important to get someone that will do a good and efficient job. If if people you trust instructed your friend and in the main were content that should surpass using an unfamiliar Manchester conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being round the corner.

There are only Fifty years unexpired on my flat in Manchester. I now want to extend my lease but my freeholder is absent. What are my options?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be lengthened by the Court. However, you will be required to demonstrate that you have made all reasonable attempts to locate the lessor. On the whole an enquiry agent may be useful to carry out a search and to produce an expert document to be accepted by the court as evidence that the freeholder is indeed missing. It is wise to seek advice from a solicitor both on devolving into the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Manchester.

I purchased a ground floor flat in Manchester, conveyancing having been completed January 2009. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Comparable flats in Manchester with a long lease are worth £180,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £65 per annum. The lease ends on 21st October 2077

With 59 years unexpired the likely cost is going to range between £20,900 and £24,200 as well as costs.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to advice on a more accurate figure without more detailed investigations. Do not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt additional issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action placing reliance on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

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