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Why you should start your Barnsbury lease extension

Main reasons to start your Barnsbury lease extension today:

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

Barnsbury leases on domestic deteriorating in value. if your lease has in the region of ninety years remaining, you should start considering the need for a lease extension. Eighty years is a significant number: when the remaining term of a lease dips below this level then you begin paying an additional element called marriage value. Flat owners in Barnsbury will usually qualify for a lease extension; however a solicitor should be able confirm if you qualify. In some circumstances you may not qualify. There are prescribed timetables and steps to follow once the process has started so it’s prudent to be guided by a conveyancer during the process.

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

It is conventional wisdom that a residential leasehold with more than one hundred years remaining is worth roughly the same as a freehold. Where an additional ninety years added to any lease with more than 45 years left, the residence will be equivalent in value to a freehold for many years in the future.

Banks and Building Societies will not finance a property on a short lease

Whether or not the lease is be regarded as a short lease varies by mortgage company, yet banks and building societies start to become concerned at around 75 years. This will be problematic once you wish to market or remortgage your property as it will be effectively unmortgageable. Even though you might not have an immediate plan to sell but when you do your purchaser must hold off for a couple of years before they can exercise the right to a an extension to the lease.

Lender Requirement
Accord Mortgages 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.
Barclays plc Leases with less than 70 years at the commencement of the mortgage should be declined (see exception below).

Leases with greater than 70 years but fewer than 85 years remaining must be referred to issuing office.

Leases with fewer than 70 years should only be referred to the issuing office where the following scenario applies, as discretion may be applied subject to bank approval:

• Property is located in any of the following prestigious developments: Cadogan, Crown, Grosvenor, Howard de Walden, Portman or Wellcome Trust Estates in Central London AND
• The value of the property subject to the short remaining term is £500,000 or more AND
• The loan to value does not exceed 90% for purchases, 90% like for like re-mortgages, 80% for re-mortgages with any element of capital raising and 80% for existing Barclays mortgage borrowers applying for additional borrowing;
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.
Lloyds TSB Scotland Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Santander You must report the unexpired lease term to us and await our instructions if:
1. the unexpired term assumed by our valuer is between 55 and 82 years, but the actual unexpired term differs by more than one year (whether longer or shorter); or
2. the unexpired term assumed by our valuer is more than 82 years but the actual unexpired term is less than 82 years; or
3. no valuation report is provided
However, we will not accept a lease where on expiry of the mortgage:
(i) less than 50 years remain and all or part of the loan is repaid on an interest-only basis: or
(ii) less than 30 years remain and the loan is repaid on a capital and interest basis

We will accept a lease that has been extended under the provisions of the Leasehold Reform Act 1993 provided statutory compensation would be available to the leaseholder.

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

Regardless of whether you are a tenant or a freeholder in Barnsbury,the lease extension solicitors that we work with will always be prepared to discuss any residential leasehold matters and offer you the benefit of their experience and the close ties they enjoy with Barnsbury valuers.

Barnsbury Lease Extension Example Cases:

Megan, Barnsbury, North London,

Trailing protracted discussions with the freeholder of her one bedroom flat in Barnsbury, Megan initiated the lease extension process as the eighty year deadline was rapidly advancing. The lease extension completed in August 2008. The freeholder’s fees were kept to an absolute minimum.

Barnsbury case:

Mr and Mrs. O Fournier purchased a garden flat in Barnsbury in October 1997. The question was if we could approximate the compensation to the landlord would be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Comparative premises in Barnsbury with a long lease were worth £205,000. The mid-range ground rent payable was £50 collected yearly. The lease terminated on 4 October 2102. Given that there were 79 years outstanding we estimated the compensation to the landlord for the lease extension to be between £8,600 and £9,800 exclusive of legals.

Decision in Camden

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Barnsbury flat is Flat 120, Clare Court Judd Street in August 2013. the Tribunal held that the premium to be paid for the extension of the lease should be £64,650 This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired lease term was 62.79 years.