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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Todmorden

Why is leasehold purchase conveyancing in Todmorden costs more?

Todmorden 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.

I was advised by numerous property agents in Todmorden to choose a solicitor using your seach tool. What’s the financial upside for Estate Agents to recommend your services ahead of alternative conveyancing organisations?

We refuse to make any commission for directing people in our direction. We thought it would be too underhand a fee because members of the public would think, ‘Why is the agent getting a kickback? Why aren’t I receiving any benefit too?’ So we decided to step away from that.

I am looking for a conveyancing practitioner in Todmorden for my sale. Is there any facility to review a solicitor's complaints history with the legal regulator?

You can see published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations arising from investigations commenced on or after Jan 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For details about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a solicitors history, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator may recorded call for training requirements.

I am looking at a couple of maisonettes in Todmorden which have approximately forty five years left on the lease term. Will this present a problem?

There are no two ways about it. A leasehold flat in Todmorden is a deteriorating asset as a result of the shortening lease. The closer the lease gets to its expiry date, the more it adversely affects the marketability of the property. For most purchasers and banks, leases with under 75 years become less and less marketable. On a more positive note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the premises for two years (unlike a Section 13 notice for purchasing the freehold, when leaseholders can participate from day one of ownership). When successful, they will have the right to an extension of 90 years to the current term and ground rent is effectively reduced to zero. Before moving forward with a purchase of a residence with a short lease term remaining you should talk to a solicitor specialising in lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement. We are are happy to put you in touch with Todmorden conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. More often than not it is possible to negotiate informally with the freeholder to extend the lease. They may agree to a smaller lump sum and an increase in the ground rent, but to shorter extension terms in return. You need to ensure that the agreed terms represent good long-term value compared with the standard benefits of the Section 42 Notice and that onerous clauses are not inserted into any redrafting of the lease.

Todmorden Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Questions you should ask before buying

    What prohibitions exist in the Todmorden Lease? You should be aware if it is fewer than eighty years it will impact the salability of the apartment. Check with your bank that they are happy with the length of the lease. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will almost definitely need a lease extension at some point and it is worth discovering how much this will be. Remember, in most cases you would need to own the property for two years in order to be entitled to exercise a lease extension. What is the the remaining lease term?

Are there any distinct advantages to selecting a local solicitor in Todmorden

Many buyers and sellers in Todmorden select a nearby high street lawyer so that they can pop into the lawyer’s offices in the event that they have concerns, and to deliver documents without using the Royal Mail.

There is a slight benefit in opting for a lawyer local to the property you are purchasing, due to the familiarity of the area and potential local issues - nevertheless this is debatable. The majority of conveyancers conduct their work by way of email and may be anywhere in the world.

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