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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Toddington

Is there a reason why leasehold purchase conveyancing in Toddington costs more?

In summary, leasehold conveyancing in Toddington and Bedfordshire usually necessitates additional due diligence compared to freehold conveyancing. This includes reviewing the lease, corresponding with the landlord about serving applicable notices, procuring up-to-date service charge and management information, securing the freeholder’s consents and reviewing management accounts. The obligations on both the landlord and the tenant in the lease need to be studied by the buyer’s conveyancing team and read from beginning to end – no matter how many different owners have owned the lease since it was first entered into.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold element on a house I put an offer in two weeks back in what was supposed to be a simple, no chain conveyancing. Toddington is where the house is located. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Toddington are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Toddington 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 Toddington may decide 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.

Should I appoint a Toddington conveyancing practitioner who is local to the property I am hoping to buy? I have an old university friend who can handle the legal work but her office is 400kilometers away.

The primary upside of using a high street Toddington conveyancing practice is that you can attend the office to execute paperwork, hand in your identification documents and pester them if necessary. Having local Toddington know how is a benefit. That being said it's more important to get someone that will do a good and efficient job. If other friends have used your friend and in the main were content that must outweigh using an unknown Toddington conveyancing lawyer just because they are local.

Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Toddington with the intention of expediting the sale process?

  • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Toddington can be avoided where you instruct lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold documentation needed by the buyers’ representatives.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the premises would they have required Landlord’s approval? Have you, for example laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Toddington state that internal structural changes or laying down wooden flooring necessitate a licence issued by the Landlord consenting to such works. Where you fail to have the approvals to hand you should not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer first. The majority of freeholders or managing agents in Toddington levy fees for supplying management packs for a leasehold home. You or your lawyers should discover the fee that they propose to charge. The management pack sought on or before finding a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The typical amount of time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most usual reason for frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Toddington. You may think that you are aware of the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be wise to double-check via your conveyancers. A purchaser's conveyancer will not be happy to advise their client to proceed with the purchase of a leasehold property the lease term is below 80 years. In the circumstances it is important at an as soon as possible that you identify whether the lease term for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale. If there is a history of conflict with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are resolved before the property is put on the market. The buyers and their solicitors will be concerned about purchasing a property where there is a current dispute. You will have to accept that you will have to discharge any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to completion of the sale. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose particulars of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to present the dispute as historic rather than ongoing.

I am the registered owner of a 1 bedroom flat in Toddington, conveyancing formalities finalised in 2009. Can you let me have an estimate of the premium that my landlord can legally expect in return for granting a renewal of my lease? Similar flats in Toddington with over 90 years remaining are worth £222,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 invoiced annually. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2092

With 71 years unexpired the likely cost is going to span between £9,500 and £11,000 as well as legals.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to supply a more accurate figure without more detailed due diligence. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be additional issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward placing reliance on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.

How much experience do your Toddington conveyancing solicitors have with Help To Buy, Shared Equity and similar schemes?

Toddington conveyancing lawyers help thousands of people move home every year and helped lots of clients through the Help To Buy scheme. The chances are that whatever makes your case unique Toddington conveyancers have worked on recent similar cases.

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