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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Northwich

Is there a reason why leasehold purchase conveyancing in Northwich is more expensive?

Northwich leasehold conveyancing transactions usually involve additional investigations than freeholds including investigating the Lease, liaising with the Landlord such as serving applicable notices on the Landlord or managing agent, obtaining up-to-date service charge and management information, obtaining Landlord’s consents and reviewing management accounts and formation documents.

About to purchase a new build flat in Northwich. Conveyancing is daunting 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.

Set out below is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Northwich

    Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? There must be mutual enforceability of lessee’s covenants. 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. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. 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.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a property I have offered on last month in what was supposed to be a straight forward, chain free conveyancing. Northwich is where the house is located. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Northwich 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 Northwich you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds very carefully. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Northwich may determine 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 property.

Am I best advised to choose a Northwich conveyancing practitioner in close proximity to the house I am buying? We have a good friend who can execute the conveyancing however his firm is located approximately 350miles drive away.

The benefit of a local Northwich conveyancing firm is that you can pop in to execute paperwork, hand in your identification documents and apply pressure on them where appropriate. They will also have local intelligence which is a benefit. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If you know people who instructed your friend and in the main were impressed that must surpass using an unfamiliar Northwich conveyancing solicitor just because they are local.

Can you offer any advice when it comes to appointing a Northwich conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?

When appointing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Northwich conveyancing firm) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggest that you speak with several firms including non Northwich conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. The following questions might be helpful:

    What are the costs for lease extension conveyancing? How experienced is the practice with lease extension legislation?

Northwich Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    In the main the outlay for major works tend not to be wrapped into the maintenance charges, although there some managing agents in Northwich require leaseholders to pay into a sinking fund created for the specific purpose of building a fund for major works. It would be sensible to discover if there are any onerous prohibitions in the lease. By way of example it is reasonably common in Northwich leases that pets are not permitted in certain buildings in Northwich. If you love the flatin Northwich however your dog is not allowed to move with you then you will be presented with a difficult determination. Best to be warned if changing the roof or some other major work is due shortly that will be shared by the leasehold owners and may well materially impact the level of the maintenance charges or require a one time payment.

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