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Main reasons to start your Barnehurst lease extension


Main reasons to commence your Barnehurst lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Barnehurst property value

Unfortunately that a Barnehurst residential lease is a wasting asset. The lease value drops in proportion to its lease length. The extent of this is taken for granted in the early years due to the reduction being disguised by increases in the Barnehurst property market.Where your lease has approximately ninety years left, you need to start thinking about a lease extension. If the number of years remaining falls below 80 years, you will end up paying half of the property's 'marriage value' on top of the usual cost of the lease extension to the landlord. Marriage value is the amount of additional value that a lease extension will add the property The majority of flat owners in Barnehurst will be able to extend under the legislation; however a conveyancer should be able to clarify if you are eligibility. In some situations you may not be entitled. There are also strict deadlines and procedures to follow once the process has commenced and you will need to be guided by your lawyer from beginning to end of the process.

An extended lease has roughly the same value as a freehold

Leasehold premises in Barnehurst with over one hundred years outstanding 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 premises. In such situations there is often little to be gained by purchasing the reversionary interest unless savings on ground rent and estate charges warrant it.

Lending institutions may not finance a property with a short lease

Mortgage Lenders differ in their lending requirements. Some draw the line at 75 years left on the lease; others may be prepared to lend with anything in excess 70 years. Below sixty years, it may be challenging to obtain a mortgage at all.

Lender Requirement
Birmingham Midshires Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Coventry Building Society 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.
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.
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.

Why use us for your lease extension in Barnehurst?

Retaining our service will provide you increased control over the value of your Barnehurst leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and marketable in respect of lease length should you wish to sell. The conveyancing solicitors that we work with have a wealth of experience of handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Barnehurst Lease Extension Case Summaries:

Amber, Barnehurst, South East London,

Trailing protracted negotiations with the landlord of her purpose-built apartment in Barnehurst, Amber initiated the lease extension process as the 80 year deadline was rapidly coming. The legal work completed in June 2015. The landlord’s charges were negotiated to a tad over five hundred pounds.

Barnehurst case:

Last Autumn we were e-mailed by Mrs Poppy Morel , who owned a ground floor flat in Barnehurst in September 2007. The question was if we could approximate the premium would be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Similar residencies in Barnehurst with a long lease were worth £210,000. The average ground rent payable was £50 billed yearly. The lease ran out in 2102. Having 80 years unexpired we approximated the compensation to the landlord for the lease extension to be between £8,600 and £9,800 not including legals.

Decision in Bexley

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Barnehurst flat is Various @ Colombus Square in January 2012. the Tribunal calculated the premiums to be paid for new leases for each of the flats in Mariners Walk to be £3822 and the premium to be paid for the new lease of 2 Knights Court to be £4439. This case affected 13 flats. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 76 years.