My wife and I purchased a terraced Edwardian house in Sacriston. Conveyancing lawyer acted for me and Aldermore. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and I saw two entries: the first freehold, the second leasehold with the matching address. Is it worth asking Aldermore to clarify?
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 Sacriston and other locations in the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with lenders. You can also enquire as to the situation with the conveyancing lawyer who conducted the purchase.
I am looking for a flat up to £235,500 and found one round the corner in Sacriston I like with amenity areas and railway links nearby, however it's only got 51 remaining years left on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Sacriston suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake acquiring a short lease?
Should you require a mortgage the remaining unexpired lease term will 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 property for at least twenty four months you can ask them to start the process of the extension and pass it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer about this.
How do I use the search tool to get a quote from a conveyancing lawyer in Sacriston on the authorised to act for my lender?
Step one is to choose a bank such as National Westminster Bank, Barnsley Building Society or Clydesdale then type in your preferred area for example Sacriston. Conveyancing practices in Sacriston and beyond will then be identified.
I've recently bought a leasehold property in Sacriston. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before my ownership?
In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
I own a 2 bed flat in Sacriston, conveyancing having been completed November 2009. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Equivalent flats in Sacriston with a long lease are worth £180,000. The ground rent is £65 per annum. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2077
With only 58 years left to run we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £22,800 and £26,400 plus costs.
The figure above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to provide the actual costs without more comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt other concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action based on this information without first getting professional advice.
I note that you have a search directory identifying law firms on the lender conveyancing panel. Do Sacriston conveyancing firms pay you a commission if I retain them for my own house purchase?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the lender conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Sacriston.