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Stroud Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Stroud is 38% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 2 125 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Stroud
  • 3 Percentage of cases in Stroud that are buy to let is 6%
  • 4 The most common indemnity insurance policies for Stroud conveyancing is Chancel
  • 5 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270

Examples of recent conveyancing in Stroud since July 2020*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Stroud

It is 10 years ago since I bought my house in Stroud. Conveyancing solicitors have now been instructed on the sale but I am unable to locate the deeds. Is this a major issue?

Don’t worry too much. Firstly there is a chance that the deeds will be kept by the lender or they could be in the possession of the conveyancers who oversaw the purchase. Secondly in all probability the title will be registered at the land registry and you will be able to prove you own the property by your conveyancing lawyers obtaining current official copies of the land registers. The vast majority of conveyancing in Stroud involves registered property but in the unlikely event that your home is unregistered it adds to the complexity but is resolvable.

I am about to put a bid on a leasehold flat in Stroud. The estate agents say that it is usual for flats in Stroud to have less than 75 years unexpired on the lease. I am obtaining a mortgage with Nationwide Building Society. Will the property be mortgageable given that the lease has 70 years unexpired.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are obtaining a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Nationwide Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 15/10/2020 the requirements read as follows :

- Our minimum unexpired lease term is 55 years.
- There must be at least 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term (regardless of the length of lease at the start).

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 55 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 is 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 55 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 0.5% 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 (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to every 5 years
- 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

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- 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 0.5% 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
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* 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.

Should my solicitor be raising enquiries about flooding as part of the conveyancing in Stroud.

Flooding is a growing risk for solicitors dealing with homes in Stroud. Some people will buy a property in Stroud, fully expectant that at some time, it may be flooded. However, aside from the physical damage, if a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, suitable building insurance, or dispose of the premises. There are steps that can be taken as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the buyer.

Solicitors are not best placed to offer advice on flood risk, but there are a numerous checks that can be carried out by the purchaser or by their solicitors which should give them a better understanding of the risks in Stroud. The standard completed inquiry forms supplied to a purchaser’s solicitor (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a usual inquiry of the seller to determine if the property has historically flooded. If flooding has previously occurred which is not notified by the seller, then a purchaser may issue a claim for damages resulting from an inaccurate response. The buyer’s solicitors should also commission an enviro search. This will disclose if there is any known flood risk. If so, more detailed investigations will need to be conducted.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold element on a house I have offered on a fortnight ago in what was supposed to be a simple, no chain conveyancing. Stroud is where the house is located. Can you offer any guidance?

Flying freeholds in Stroud are unusual but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Stroud you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds diligently. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Stroud may ascertain 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 property.

What does commercial conveyancing in Stroud cover?

Stroud conveyancing for business premises incorporates a wide range of advice, supplied by qualified solicitors, relating to business property. By way of example, this area of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more usually, the assignment of existing leases or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial mortgages and the termination of leases.

Planning to complete next month on a basement flat in Stroud. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they report fully next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Stroud should include some of the following:

    specifics of the parties to the lease, e.g. these could be the tennant, head lessor, freeholder Additions to the premises Whether the lease restricts you from subletting the flat, or working from home Repair and maintenance of the premises Where does the liability rest for maintaining the window frames
For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Stroud please ask your solicitor in ahead of your conveyancing in Stroud.

I inherited a garden flat in Stroud, conveyancing was carried out in 2000. How much will my lease extension cost? Equivalent flats in Stroud with over 90 years remaining are worth £201,000. The ground rent is £45 invoiced every year. The lease expires on 21st October 2085

With 65 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to range between £13,300 and £15,400 as well as professional fees.

The suggested premium range that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to provide the actual costs in the absence of detailed due diligence. Do not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be other issues that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you move forward based on this information before getting professional advice.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Stroud regulated by the SRA

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

  • Frances J Walsh, 12 Bowbridge Lock, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2JZ
  • Winterbotham Smith Penley Llp, 3-7 Rowcroft, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3BJ
  • Glrs Phoenix Llp, 2 Rowcroft, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3BB

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Stroud

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Stroud practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on Rent Act Protected, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies

  • Winterbotham Smith Penley Llp, 3-7 Rowcroft, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3BJ
  • Glrs Phoenix Llp, 2 Rowcroft, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3BB

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Stroud regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Stroud with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Stroud. This could include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Winterbotham Smith Penley Llp, 3-7 Rowcroft, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3BJ
  • Glrs Phoenix Llp, 2 Rowcroft, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3BB

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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