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Why you should commence your Ashton Under Lyne lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Ashton Under Lyne property value

Ashton Under Lyne leases on residential properties are gradually losing value. The shorter the remaining lease term becomes, the less it is worth – and accordingly any extension of the lease becomes more expensive. Most owners of residential leasehold property in Ashton Under Lyne enjoy rights under legislation to extend the terms of their leases. Where you are a leasehold owner in Ashton Under Lyne you would be well advised to investigate if your lease has between seventy and 90 years left. There are compelling reasons why a Ashton Under Lyne flat owner with a lease having around 80 years remaining should take action to ensure that a lease extension is put in place without delay

An extended lease has roughly the same value as a freehold

Leasehold premises in Ashton Under Lyne with in excess of one hundred years unexpired on the lease are often regarded as a ‘virtual freehold’. This is where the lease is worth the same as a freehold interest in your property. In such situations there is often little upside in buying the freehold unless savings on ground rent and maintenance charges merit it.

Lending institutions may decide not to lend on a short lease

Nearly all banks and building societies insist on a lengthy amount of time left on any leasehold residence before they will consider lending on it. Even if you don't require a mortgage, you should be mindful that it is likely that someone intending to purchase your property in the future might well do, so in the event that they can't secure a mortgage, then the value of your property will likely suffer. Since 2008 most banks and building societies have increased the required minimum lease length that they are willing to grant a mortgage on

Lender Requirement
Birmingham Midshires Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
National Westminster Bank Mortgage term plus 30 years. For a Lifetime Mortgage, the term must be no less than 150 years minus the age of the Borrower.
Nationwide Building Society - Our minimum unexpired lease term is 55 years.
- There must be at least 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term (regardless of the length of lease at the start).

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 Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 55 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 is less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 55 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 Issuing Office):
- 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 Issuing Office (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 (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to every 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 Issuing Office (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 Issuing Office):
- 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.
Skipton Building Society 85 years from the date of completion of the mortgage

For Buy to Let cases:
- lettings must not breach any of the lessee’s covenants; and
- consent of the lessor to lettings must be obtained if necessary



Virgin 85 years at the time of completion. If it's less, we require it to be extended on or before completion.

Get in touch with one of our Ashton Under Lyne lease extension solicitors or enfranchisement solicitors

The conveyancing solicitors that we work with undertake Ashton Under Lyne lease extensions and help protect your position. A lease extension can be arranged to be completed to coincide with a change of ownership so the costs of the lease extension are paid for using part of the sale proceeds. You really do need expert legal advice in this difficult and technical area of law. The conveyancer we work with provide it.

Ashton Under Lyne Lease Extension Case Studies:

Ibrahim, Ashton Under Lyne, Greater Manchester,

Ibrahim owned a 2 bedroom flat in Ashton Under Lyne on the market with a lease of fraction over 72 years left. Ibrahim on an informal basis contacted his freeholder a well known Bristol-based freehold company and enquired on a premium to extend the lease. The freeholder was prepared to agree an extension on non-statutory terms taking the lease to 125 years subject to a rise in the rent to £50 annually. No ground rent would be payable on a lease extension were Ibrahim to exercise his statutory right. Ibrahim obtained expert advice and secured satisfactory resolution informally and sell the property.

Ashton Under Lyne case:

In 2010 we were phoned by Mrs C Parker who, having was assigned a lease of a basement apartment in Ashton Under Lyne in October 1999. We are asked if we could approximate the premium could be to prolong the lease by 90 years. Similar homes in Ashton Under Lyne with 100 year plus lease were worth £260,000. The mid-range ground rent payable was £50 invoiced annually. The lease came to a finish in 2094. Having 73 years outstanding we estimated the compensation to the freeholder for the lease extension to be between £9,500 and £11,000 exclusive of professional charges.

Ashton Under Lyne case:

Last Spring we were called by Mr and Mrs. A Thomas , who took over the lease of a one bedroom apartment in Ashton Under Lyne in June 2006. The dilemma was if we could approximate the price could be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Comparative properties in Ashton Under Lyne with an extended lease were valued about £264,000. The mid-range ground rent payable was £60 billed yearly. The lease concluded in 2074. Considering the 53 years unexpired we estimated the compensation to the freeholder to extend the lease to be within £37,100 and £42,800 plus legals.