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  • 5 Solicitor conveyancing solicitors have valuable personal links with Greater Manchester selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Greater Manchester since January 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Greater Manchester

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

Greater Manchester leasehold properties involve far more paperwork than a freehold purchase, and therefore takes more time to examine and advise upon.Conveyancing will involve the lease having to be checked which is usually a lengthy document, queries raised to ensure that the covenants and conditions have been observed. If it is a flat there will be a management company in existence and the accounts of this will need to be checked and enquiries raised to ensure it is operating efficiently and that all monies due have been paid by the Seller to the company and if not ensuring that money is paid up to date or the appropriate undertakings obtained.

I am about to put a bid on a leasehold property in Greater Manchester. The property agents say that it is standard for flats in Greater Manchester to have less than 75 years left on the lease. I am getting a loan with The Mortgage Works. Is this going to be a problem if the lease has 70 years remaining.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are securing a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. The Mortgage Works have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 10/4/2024 the requirements read as follows :

Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 70 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 70 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 1.0% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house
- Any lease which is subject to a ground rent (or annual rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis
- Any lease which is subject to a ground rent (or annual rent) being reviewed and altered on any review basis or methodology

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 1.0% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- A lease subject to a peppercorn ground rent (annual rent) charges

For the avoidance of doubt, any new build properties completed but not sold pre 30 June 2022 will only be acceptable if the lease conforms to the above guidance

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years

LEASE EXTENSIONS

We require all lease extensions to be completed under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and to meet the above criteria as a minimum. Where you become aware that it does not meet these requirements, please refer to the Issuing Office

My uncle pointed out to me me that in buying a property in Greater Manchester there could be various restrictions limiting what one can do in terms of external alterations to a property. Is this right?

We are aware of anumerous of properties in Greater Manchester which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to perform external changes. Part of the conveyancing in Greater Manchester should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.

Is it the case that all Greater Manchester solicitor firms on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel are governed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?

As solicitors, in order to be on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel they would need to be overseen by the SRA. Some mortgage companies do permit licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be governed by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.

I'm in the process of looking at flats in Greater Manchester and I am now considering a potential offer. Should I already have a conveyancer appointed at this point? I will be getting a home loan with TSB.

You should start obtaining conveyancing quotes from solicitors ASAP. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and forward their details on to the estate agent. Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with TSB, make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the TSB conveyancing panel.

Do I need to take out insurance to cover chancel repairs when acquiring a house in Greater Manchester?

Unless a previous acquisition of the house took place after 12 October 2013 you could take it that lawyers handling conveyancing in Greater Manchester to remain encouraging a chancel search and or insurance against a claim.

About to purchase a new build apartment in Greater Manchester. Conveyancing is a frightening process 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 conveyancing.

Set out below are examples of a selection of leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Greater Manchester

    Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. The Vendor must covenant to keep unsold units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore. 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. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose?

Am I right to be wary about 3rd parties that I am dealing with are recommending a factory type conveyancing firm as opposed to a High Street Greater Manchester conveyancing practice?

As is the case with many professional services, often recommendations from family and friends can be very helpful. Nevertheless there are numerous parties with a keen interest in a conveyancing deal; estate agents, mortgage brokers and lenders may recommend solicitors to choose. On occasion the solicitors might be known to one of the organisations as being good in their field, but occasionally there might be a commercial relationship behind the endorsement. You are free to select your preferred conveyancer. However, bear in mind that the majority of mortgage providers specify a panel list of solicitors you have to use for the mortgage aspect of your house move.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Greater Manchester regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Greater Manchester but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Harvey Roberts Solicitors, Westbourne Chambers, 92-94 Gorton Road, Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire, SK5 6AN
  • Stevenson Glassey Solicitors, Houldsworth House, 13 Leamington Road, Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire, SK5 6BD
  • Ag Solicitors Ltd, 715 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, Lancashire, M19 3AG
  • Binas Solicitors Limited, 765 Stockport Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M19 3DL
  • Sleigh Son & Booth, 1 Ashton Road, Droylsden, Manchester, Lancashire, M43 7AB

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Greater Manchester

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Greater Manchester specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Service charge disputes

  • Binas Solicitors Limited, 765 Stockport Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M19 3DL
  • Sleigh Son & Booth, 1 Ashton Road, Droylsden, Manchester, Lancashire, M43 7AB
  • Sleigh & Son, 112-114 Market Street, Droylsden, Manchester, Lancashire, M43 7AA
  • Wtb Solicitors Llp, 1st Floor, 601 Stockport Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M13 0RX
  • Shah & Sons Solicitors, 4 Albert Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M19 3PJ

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Greater Manchester regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Greater Manchester with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Greater Manchester. This should include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • Stevenson Glassey Solicitors, Houldsworth House, 13 Leamington Road, Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire, SK5 6BD
  • Sleigh Son & Booth, 1 Ashton Road, Droylsden, Manchester, Lancashire, M43 7AB
  • Sleigh & Son, 112-114 Market Street, Droylsden, Manchester, Lancashire, M43 7AA
  • Wtb Solicitors Llp, 1st Floor, 601 Stockport Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M13 0RX
  • Mustafa Solicitors, 899 Stockport Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M19 3PG

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