I own a freehold property in Bodmin but nevertheless pay rent, why is this and what is this?
It’s unusual for properties in Bodmin and has limited impact for conveyancing in Bodmin but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.
Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for hundreds of years, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of new rentcharges from 1977 onwards.
Previous rentcharges can now be redeemed by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence after 2037 will be extinguished.
Do I have to visit the offices of the solicitor to execute the legal charge? If so, I will choose one who does conveyancing in Bodmin so that I can attend their offices if necessary.
Nowadays approved lawyers for mortgage companies undertake all of the communications through the post, e-mail or over the phone. This means that they can undertake the conveyancing transaction regardless of where you live in England or Wales. However you can see if you can still book an appointment to visit conveyancing lawyer if needed.
Please help - my lawyer says that breach of easement insurance is required on my purchase. What is the typical level of cover needed for conveyancing in Bodmin?
The appropriate level of breach of easement indemnity insurance depends on who your lender is. It would differ for example between National Westminster Bank and Skipton Building Society. Conveyancing solicitors as opposed to borrowers take out such insurances.
Does a directory service exist listing Clydesdale panel solicitors in Bodmin on the Building Society Association’s Website?
No. There is no such tool on the CML or Building Society Association websites. A small selection of banks make their panel listings open the public on the web. Where you are seeking to appoint a Bodmin conveyancer on the Clydesdale please make the most of our facility.
I am selling my flat. I had a double glazing fitted in September 2006, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's mortgage company, Co-operative are being problematic. The Bodmin solicitor who is on the Co-operative conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Co-operative are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Co-operative have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Co-operative have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Co-operative may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.
Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified as part of conveyancing in Bodmin?
Restrictive covenants can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the process of conveyancing in Bodmin. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’
I have been on the look out for a leasehold apartment up to £245,000 and found one near me in Bodmin I like with a park and railway links nearby, the downside is that it's only got 49 years unexpired on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Bodmin for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a short lease?
Should you need a home loan the shortness of the lease will be a potential deal breaker. Discount the price by the amount the lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current proprietor has owned the premises for at least 2 years you may ask them to commence the lease extension formalities and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this matter.
I am hoping to sign contracts shortly on a basement flat in Bodmin. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they will have a report out to me tomorrow. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Bodmin should include some of the following:
The physical extent of the premises. This may be the property itself but could also incorporate a roof area or basement if applicable. Whether the lease restricts you from subletting the flat, or having a home office for business You should have a good understanding of the insurance requirements It needs to be made clear to you if the lease permits you to add or upgrade aspects of the flat- you must be made aware as to whether it applies to all alterations or limited to structural alteration, and whether licences for alterations is required
Leasehold Conveyancing in Bodmin - Sample of Questions you should consider before buying
Generally speaking the outlay for major works are not wrapped into the service charges, albeit that some managing agents in Bodmin ask tenants to pay into a sinking fund created for the specific intention of establishing a fund for major works. Many Bodmin leasehold flats will be liable to pay a service charge for maintenance of the building invoiced on behalf of the freeholder. Where you acquire the flat you will have to pay this liability, usually periodically accross the year. This could vary from several hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large common grounds. There will also be a rentcharge for you to pay yearly, normally this is not a significant figure, say about £50-£100 but you should to check as occasionally it can be prohibitively expensive. The best form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this scenario the leaseholders benefit from control and even though a managing agent is often employed if the building is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves.