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Top reasons for Anlaby lease extension


Main reasons to commence your Anlaby lease extension today:

A Anlaby leasehold property depreciates with the years remaining on the lease.

The rule of thumb is, all other factors being equal, the shorter the lease the more costly the premium. Qualifying leaseholders in Anlaby have the legal entitlement to extend the lease for an additional 90 years in accordance with the 1993 Leasehold Reform Act. Please think carefully before delaying your Anlaby lease extension. Postponing the costs today simply escalates the premium you will eventually be required to pay to extend the lease.

Anlaby property with a lease extension is almost the same value as a freehold

It is conventional wisdom that a residential leasehold with in excess of 100 years unexpired lease term is worth roughly the equivalent as a freehold. Where an additional ninety years added to all but the shortest lease, the premises will be equivalent in value to a freehold for many years ahead.

Banks and Building Societies may not lend on a short lease

Most banks have constrained their lending criteria in recent years and borrowers are encountering difficulties in arranging finance or re-mortgage against property with shorter lease terms, particularly under seventy years as they are considered to be unacceptable for lending purposes.

Lender Requirement
Godiva Mortgages A minimum of 70 years unexpired lease at completion for all scheme types apart from Lifetime Mortgages (Equity Release), which require a minimum unexpired term of 80 years at completion.
Halifax Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
The Mortgage Works Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
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 Originations (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 70 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 less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Originations (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 70 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 Originations):
- 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 Originations (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
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 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 Originations (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 Originations):
- 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
Virgin 85 years at the time of completion. If it's less, we require it to be extended on or before completion.
Yorkshire Building Society 85 years from the date of completion of the mortgage. Please ensure that you explain the implications of a short term lease to the borrower.

Get in touch with one of our Anlaby lease extension solicitors or enfranchisement solicitors

Engaging our service gives you increased control over the value of your Anlaby leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and saleable in relation to the lease length should you decide to sell. The lawyers that we work with are well versed in the legislation handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Anlaby Lease Extension Example Cases:

Harriet, Anlaby, East Yorkshire,

Trailing lengthy discussions with the freeholder of her one bedroom flat in Anlaby, Harriet initiated the lease extension process just as the lease was coming close to the all-important eighty-year threshold. The lease extension was finalised in March 2014. The landlord’s charges were kept to an absolute minimum.

Anlaby case:

In 2010 we were phoned by Mr and Mrs. I Smith who, having moved into a ground floor apartment in Anlaby in May 1997. The dilemma was if we could estimate the price could be for a 90 year extension to my lease. Similar flats in Anlaby with 100 year plus lease were worth £205,000. The average ground rent payable was £50 invoiced every twelve months. The lease came to a finish on 9 March 2099. Having 78 years outstanding we approximated the premium to the landlord to extend the lease to be within £7,600 and £8,800 exclusive of fees.

Anlaby case:

Mr and Mrs. U García acquired a purpose-built flat in Anlaby in September 2012. We are asked if we could estimate the premium would be to extend the lease by an additional years. Comparable flats in Anlaby with an extended lease were valued about £267,600. The mid-range ground rent payable was £65 invoiced quarterly. The lease came to a finish in 2088. Having 67 years as a residual term we approximated the premium to the landlord to extend the lease to be between £14,300 and £16,400 exclusive of professional charges.