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Leasehold property is created when a lease is granted out of a freehold title. A lease is a long tenancy, typically between 99 and 999 years. The lease will contain conditions and use and ownership, which will need to be looked over by a specialist conveyancing solicitor or a licenced conveyancer.
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Leasehold Conveyancing Key Points
Leasehold is a certain type of property tenure that comes with its own unique legal rights and obligations. Leaseholds are a specialist area of property law and it is always advisable to seek the advice of legal professional such as a specialist solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer before entering into any leasehold agreements. We’ll explain some of the key points in this rundown.
Length of Lease Term
The length of the term is very important as this will have a direct impact on the value of the property. If the term is too short, this can put off potential mortgage lenders and will narrow your market on any re-sale. Relatively speaking, the longer the term, the greater the value of the property.
Responsibilities & Obligations with Leasehold Properties
Leases vary from one property to another and so it’s important that you understand your legal rights and obligations when purchasing a leasehold property. This would include rights of access over common-parts, obligations on paying service charges, restrictive covenants which might prevent you from using the property for certain purposes. Hillfort can advise on all aspects of the lease so that you are able to make an informed decision before proceeding.
Budget for Unforeseen Costs
With many leasehold properties, there will be an obligation on the leaseholder to pay ground rent, service charges and a contribution to the building insurance. It is important to have a specialist solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer review these to ensure that the lease does not include a rent-review clause which increases the ground rent to an unreasonable level or if any major works are planned whether this might increase the service charges payable by you in the future.
The Hillfort Law Firm Process
Our Leasehold Conveyancing Process
Initial Call and Quote
In your initial telephone call or contact form to Hillfort, we can discuss the best conveyancing deal for you, the type of leasehold property you are seeking to buy or sell and other details before providing a quote for our service.
Checks and Reviews
For the best running start, we will perform all necessary checks, reviews and verifications – you’ll be impressed with our speed and efficiency. These verifications include identity confirmations, Stamp Duty Land Tax calculations, bankruptcy checks, HM Land Registry title deed reviews, and more.
Land Registry Title Documents Exchanged
For leasehold conveyancing, Land Registry title documents are exchanged between the involved parties, as well as other forms and contracts that need to be carefully read through and signed.
Instruct Your New Lawyer
Your specialist lawyer will be ready and able to assist you in all conveyancing affairs. Following the initial consultation and the signing of all T&C documents, our trained lawyer will be at your disposal to act on your behalf in all your legal conveyancing affairs.
Why Choose Hillfort Law Firm?
As mentioned, we have fixed prices for our conveyancing services. With no hourly rate to worry about, our fixed fees help to give our customers the ability to accurately budget for their transaction.
Our conveyancing fees are extremely fair and affordable. Our state-of-the-art case management systems and our streamlined business model enable us to offer such a great, competitively priced service.
No Sale No Fee
You read correctly, you will not pay any legal fees for failed or incomplete property transactions, rare as these cases may be. This No Sale No Fee pledge can help assuage any feelings of risk when applying for your property transaction with Hillfort.
Hillfort is owned and operated solely by Adam Muldoon. Having studied hard for a prestigious 2.1 law degree, Adam has been working in law for over 20 years, 10 years of which have been dedicated entirely to conveyancing.
The principal lawyer takes a distinctly personalised approach to his work and he is always keen to form close rapports with clients. When a would-be client calls Hillfort Law Firm for assistance with conveyancing, they will always receive the same reliable, direct service. No delays, no jargon, and no playing favourites.
Our aim is to deliver our service within 6-8 weeks. We are able to deliver such a fast service because, unlike some law firms, we do not inundate ourselves with masses of clients that have no hope of getting the attention they require. Instead, we carefully book our clients in a way that guarantees a timely service for all.
No Hidden Costs
We will provide you with a fixed fee quotation at the outset of your transaction. Should your matter be more complex and requires additional work over and above that quoted, we will notify you of such costs payable before proceeding.
Experiencing long periods of radio silence with your hired law firm can be stressful. We maintain regular contact with our customers throughout our professional relationships, with clear and concise updates. We try to minimise the amount of confusing legal jargon wherever possible.
Our previous clients have provided some great feedback and reviews. Take a look through their testimonials.
Hillfort Law Firm are genuinely fantastic. We bought a barn conversion with all the added complexities that brings. Their service was exemplary, prompt, efficient, error-free and proactive. I couldn't have asked for a better guide through the process. Felt safe and confident throughout. Highly recommended.
I used this firm to purchase a second property. They were extremely efficient, and quick and updated me every step of the way. I liked that my conveyancer was always available to speak to. They made the whole process easy for me, I was very nervous as I haven't bought a house in so long but I felt completely relaxed the whole time. Will definitely use them when it comes to my next sale! Would definitely recommend
Massive thanks to Hillfort Law for our recent home sale and purchase. Daisy, Adam and Hayley were all fantastic, keeping us updated all the way through the process and ensuring that the process was as straightforward and efficient as possible. Would highly recommend if you're looking for a professional solicitor to deal with your conveyancing that's also very affordable. Thanks again for your help at Hillfort Law Firm.
I selected Hillfort Law Firm from a selection of solicitors based on their reviews and reasonable pricing. I was not disappointed. Contact was by email and telephone calls which were thorough. The best test of an experience is how a company deals with an issue. We were faced with having to navigate around a bank requirement. They were so helpful in solving the problem to everyone's satisfaction. Excellent professional service. Hillfort Law Firm are strongly recommended.
I recently used Hillfort Law Firm when purchasing a property and could not have been happier with the service received. Initially, I was hesitant to use a firm not local to the property but I really believe that Hillfort and Adam Muldoon in particular made a real difference for quick completion and covering all risks ensuring that the property was a sound purchase. I will definitely use Adam again for any future property sales.
I would not hesitate to recommend Hillfort Law they were great. Kept me updated regularly, was easy to contact and pushed to get my purchase through quickly. Special thanks to Adam who handled the conveyancing he was fantastic throughout the process.
Outstanding service and incredibly fast turnaround by these guys in order to secure our house purchase. Simply amazing.
I have used Hillfort Law Firm on several occasions, and they have proved to be very reliable. The conveyancing for my most recent property has been very challenging due to the lease, freeholder and management company. Hillfort Law has been very professional and helpful in communication with the various third parties. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them for any future conveyancing requirements.
Was recommended to Hillfort Law Firm by my estate agent and I was not in any way disappointed. One of the first solicitors that have rung me back when they said they would, kept me informed every step of the way, was on top of the necessary steps needed to sell my old and buy my new house and genuinely looked after my interests. On top of this Adam was a pleasure to speak to. I don't intend to move again but without a doubt would go to Hillfort for legal advice.
I have been using the services of Hillfort Law Firm for many years for the majority of my conveyancing requirements. Their services have proved to be professional, efficient, responsive and cost-effective. I would not hesitate in recommending their services.
To discuss your leasehold conveyancing requirements, or, to enquire about our conveyancing services, request a callback for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Leasehold Conveyancing FAQs
How long does leasehold conveyancing take?
While leasehold conveyancing may take a few more steps than a standard freehold conveyancing job, we still aim to provide this service within a timeframe of 6-8 weeks. We keep you updated on our progress every step of the day and, in the event that unexpected delays occur, you will be informed sooner than anyone.
What does leasehold ownership mean?
This refers to the legal owner of a leased property. They exist in contrast to traditional freehold properties, fully possessed by a single owner. Leasehold leases can arise from properties that were originally classed as freehold. Leasehold properties tend to be part of larger accommodation complexes like blocks of flats.
What are the differences between freehold and leasehold properties?
Simply, freehold properties are owned entirely by the residential proprietors, while leasehold properties are leased out to occupants by the actual owners. Leasehold properties tend to be part of larger shared accommodation complexes, like blocks of flats. Leasehold owners do not have any claim of ownership over the land their property stands on, unlike freehold owners.
For leasehold properties, when do the leases expire?
Leases can be astronomically huge, stretching up to 999 years – nearly a full millennium. The minimum lease is usually around 99 years. You may be wondering why the maximum lease time needs to be extended to over ten times longer than the possible human lifespan – previously, the maximum was only 99 years, so this extension policy was implemented to save leaseholders headaches when it came to mortgage applications on leases that were close to expiring.
What kinds of properties are leasehold?
Flats are the most common leasehold property types, as it is rare for them to be anything but that. Certain older-build houses from the Georgian and Victorian eras may be classed as leasehold.
Licenced Conveyancing Services
Other Conveyancing Services
Beyond leasehold conveyancing, we offer great deals on various other conveyancing services as well.
Intimately experienced with residential property transactions, Hillfort has assisted thousands of clients with their conveyancing needs and is here to assist with any conveyancing queries you may have.
If you are transferring to a new lender or taking out a mortgage on your mortgage-free property then you will require a solicitor or conveyancer to help with the legal side of things.
For help with auction purchases, we deliver an impressively fast, streamlined service for our clients, as well as plenty of legal advice throughout the whole process. Before buying at auction it is advisable to instruct a specialist solicitor or property lawyer to advise you on all the legal aspects of the title and contract before you commit to making a bid.