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    Is a lodger a second household? I thought the...

    Is a lodger a second household?

    I thought the lodger was effectively living within your one family unit in your one flat. If however you owned the whole building and took in 5 or more lodgers then...
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    I would suggest the best strategy is to sell your...

    I would suggest the best strategy is to sell your leasehold flat and buy a freehold house.

    Leasehold property is the work of the devil imho!
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    It's actually come up as part of the completon of...

    It's actually come up as part of the completon of our collective freehold enfranchisement.

    The funds are believed to be held in trust by the managing agent and are at the request of the majority...
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    Sinking funds and Section 20?

    Hi all, is it OK for a management company/agent to collect funds and put it in a 'sinking fund' for future redecoration work when a Section 20 consultation has not been carried out?

    Also, is the...
  5. You need to talk to a specialist solicitor...

    You need to talk to a specialist solicitor because I think your surveyor is a numpty!

    We have successfully split a block of flats/houses and the single freehold that they were in. As you note...
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    I think if a freehold is owned by a Limited...

    I think if a freehold is owned by a Limited Company they don't need to offer the freehold to the leaseholders when sold.
  7. We used to live in a quiet rural village. My...

    We used to live in a quiet rural village. My neighbours, actually tenants, started a cleaning business and very soon we were inundated with vans and even minibuses used to pick up 'cleaners' from...
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    Have a look here ...

    Have a look here

    http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?61152-Freehold-into-leases-in-whose-names
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    When I sold my Mother's flat I had to explain to...

    When I sold my Mother's flat I had to explain to the estate agent what a flat with a 999 year lease and share in the freehold owning company is. She claimed to have never heard of it before and...
  10. If you close off the new kitchen with a new wall...

    If you close off the new kitchen with a new wall and fire rated door then the escape route from the second bedroom is protected from a fire starting in the kitchen which is the most likely place for...
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    Thanks all for your advice. With respect to...

    Thanks all for your advice.

    With respect to transferring the freehold into a company, does this transfer from joint names attract SDLT if the directors of the company are the same joint names?
  12. You need to speak to whoever employs the managing...

    You need to speak to whoever employs the managing agent. I would suspect that will either be a management company identified in your lease or the freeholder direct. The management company may well be...
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    Thanks for your suggestions. We actually want...

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    We actually want nothing to do with it once we have sold all three flats so don't want any involvement or hassle of remaining the freeholder or having to manage it....
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    Depends what your lease says about sharing costs....

    Depends what your lease says about sharing costs.

    (However if I lived on the ground floor and didn't use the stairs then I would be reluctant to contribute. More so if I lived in a block with a...
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    Freehold into leases-in whose names

    Hi, we own a detached freehold property split into 3 flats which we currently run as holiday lets.

    All flats have separate entrances and only share access paths/steps and each has its own...
  16. We had a similar situation with a recent...

    We had a similar situation with a recent purchase. The house was freehold and owned by the children of the deceased leaseholder. (I assume this was IHT planning)
    Our solicitor simply requested the...
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    You'd get a more technical answer by asking on...

    You'd get a more technical answer by asking on this forum...

    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=7
  18. Surely you need to press the vendor to sort the...

    Surely you need to press the vendor to sort the title? It's his problem not yours to fix because if he doesn't he can't sell it.

    Also press for a longer lease too.
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    These days Planning Applications can be reviewed...

    These days Planning Applications can be reviewed online including all drawings, documents and objections. No need to trudge into town and deal with disinterested minions!

    Find the council's...
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    Did you make your request in writing and I don't...

    Did you make your request in writing and I don't mean email?
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    I assumed 'leaseholders' meant it was both flats...

    I assumed 'leaseholders' meant it was both flats negotiating and therefore they are seeking their collective freehold.

    What's offering it to both flats got to do with it? That is an assumed if...
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    I had leaf grilles fitted to our high level...

    I had leaf grilles fitted to our high level gutters (third floor roof) when we refurbished the roof and had easy scaffold access. I thought this would cure the problem of leaf debris collecting and...
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    If your freeholder demands you pay his fees then...

    If your freeholder demands you pay his fees then I suppose that you will have to pay. £1000 doesn't seem much if that is the total amount.

    You need to enlist the assistance of an experienced...
  24. I thought the 2 year rule only applied to lease...

    I thought the 2 year rule only applied to lease extension for flats and enfranchisement of freehold for houses. Collective enfranchisement of flats no longer has that requirement.

    I maybe wrong of...
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    Formally, as I suspect you already know, you will...

    Formally, as I suspect you already know, you will need full planning permission for a change of use from flat + house to 5 flats.

    You will also need to comply with building regs particularly wrt...
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