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    • Rosestar123
    • By Rosestar123 14th Mar 18, 2:59 PM
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    Rent Charge- Query
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    • 14th Mar 18, 2:59 PM
    Rent Charge- Query 14th Mar 18 at 2:59 PM
    Has anyone had any experience of how long it takes for councils to responding to queries about rent charge?

    So background, finally in the final stages of the buying process Ė freehold house, FTB
    Survey complete, mortgage accepted, searches back all okay, tenants moved out last week and I have checked the property after and they have left in a good condition.
    I thought it was a matter of exchange and completion!

    However, for the last 4 weeks, the sellerís solicitor has been chasing the local council for a document regarding rent charge?

    I had to google rent charge, as a naÔve FTB didnít realise rent charge was a thing! And didnít think it would happen with freeholds? But now I know better.

    My question really is:
    1) Any idea how long it takes for councils to respond regarding rent charge
    2) Iím not exactly sure what paper the sellers solicitor is chasing Ė I imagine itís a paper that says yes if you own this land you owe xx this amount yearly.

    House is currently sitting empty and just eager to get in! Just not sure if I should prepare myself to be waiting weeks or longer....!

    thank you!
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 14th Mar 18, 5:01 PM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 5:01 PM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 5:01 PM
    I assume from what you say that it is the council who have the right to collect the Rent Charge.

    1) council budgets have been cut to the bone by the government, so if they now have one guy dealing with all enquiries, he'll respond once he's dealt with all the enquiries made ahead of yours.

    You could ring him and ask, but the time he spends looking your details up, and checking where it is in the queue is time not spent dealing with enquiries.....

    2) probably
    a) are paymeents up to date?
    b) if not, is the council going to make demands for payment? And how much?
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