Job title: Conveyancing Assistant
Salary: To be agreed
TMJ Legal Services are looking for an enthusiastic individual to assist conveyancers in the day to day administration of client files. The successful applicant will be based at the Durham office but would be expected to travel between the firms other offices if required. Previous experience of conveyancing work would be desirable. Duties will also include typing, taking telephone calls, filing and other duties as required by the conveyancers.
Full time – Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
Email CV and covering letter to email@example.com , apply via the Government Gateway here or by post to Helen Edwardes, Administration Manager, TMJ Legal Services, Foster House, 99 Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8DT.
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Job title: Receptionist / Telephonist
Salary: To be agreed
Working hours: Part time
Job Description: Receptionist and telephonist duties, typing and general administration. The role is based at our Hartlepool office but the person employed should be willing to travel to any of our offices.
Start date: April/May 2019
Application information: Email CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Helen Edwardes, TMJ Legal Services, Foster House, 99 Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8DT.
To see the Job Centre advertisement for the role and to apply using the Government Gateway click here.
You might have heard the terms “Leasehold property” or “Freehold property”, and are wondering what these phrases mean.
Well, simply put, in English law, if you own a freehold property, what you own is a perpetual title to the land included in the title, and any property built on the land. Freehold titles last forever, and cannot be ended prematurely. Freehold titles can be transferred, sold, gifted and mortgaged.
Leasehold property is a little different, because when you own a leasehold property, what you own is the right to occupy the land, and any property included in the title for a set period of time, but you do NOT own the land the property is built upon and your ownership is subject to the terms of a Lease granted by the landlord. The landlord is the person who owns the freehold title out of which the leasehold title has been granted, and is sometimes referred to as the “Freeholder”.
A lease is essentially a type of tenancy, however unlike a normal tenancy of rented accommodation, which is a personal right, a lease is a legal interest which can be sold on, gifted, transferred or mortgaged - in many ways just like a freehold title. However, unlike freehold titles, which last forever, the lease which creates the leasehold title will grant the title for a set length of time, which can vary widely depending upon the terms of the lease. It is quite common to see leasehold titles granted for 99 or even 999 years. A leasehold title is sometimes known as a “term of years absolute”.
As the owner of the leasehold title, you have the right to occupy the property for as long as the lease which created the title remains valid. However, there may also be conditions within the lease which you have to comply with, otherwise the lease might be forfeited, which would allow the landlord to obtain possession of the property without waiting for the term of years the lease was granted for to expire.
You may be required to pay rent to the freeholder during your ownership of the leasehold property, which is known as “ground rent”. Sometimes, usually where the lease is very old, the ground rent will be a negligible amount which is not actually collected by the landlord. At the end of the term of the Lease, unless the Lease has been extended, the freeholder will recover the property.
Usually, where a property is a flat, you can expect this to be a leasehold property, although this is not always the case. This is because the grant of a Lease allows the landlord to control what the tenants are permitted to do, and can require the tenants to make payments towards the upkeep of common areas. It is also possible to have a leasehold house - this is quite common in the Wingate and Trimdon areas of County Durham.
The conveyancing team at TMJ Legal Services has extensive experience with a wide variety of freehold and leasehold properties, both flats and houses, and can also advise freeholders and leaseholders on the terms of Leases, extension of Leases, and the grant of new Leases. Contact a member of our team today if you have any queries regarding any aspect of leasehold or freehold land, and we will be glad to assist.