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Why you should commence your Belsize Park lease extension

Main reasons to commence your Belsize Park lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Belsize Park property value

Belsize Park leases on residential properties are gradually diminishing in value. The shorter the remaining lease term becomes, the less it is worth – and as a result any extension of your lease gets more expensive. The majority of owners of residential leasehold property in Belsize Park enjoy rights under legislation to extend the terms of their leases. If you are a leasehold owner in Belsize Park you must check if your lease has between seventy and ninety years remaining. In particular once the remaining lease term slips under 80 years, the compensation to the landlord for any lease extension sharply increases as an element of the premium you will incur is what is known as a marriage value

An extended lease is almost the same value as a freehold

It is conventional wisdom that a property with more than one hundred years unexpired lease term is worth approximately the equivalent as a freehold. Where an additional 90 years added to any lease with more than 45 years left, the property will be equivalent in value to a freehold for many years in the future.

Banks and Building Societies may decide not to loan monies with a short lease

Many mortgage lenders will be unwilling to grant a mortgage on a lease with under 70 years unexpired - although this varies from lender to lender. A purchaser will undoubtedly encounter difficulties to obtain a mortgage and this could result in your Belsize Park property becoming difficult to sell or remortgage.

Lender Requirement
Birmingham Midshires Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Chelsea 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.
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.
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.
TSB Minimum of 70 years at mortgage commencement, with 30 years remaining at mortgage redemption.

Why use us for your lease extension in Belsize Park?

The lawyers that we work with undertake Belsize Park 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.

Belsize Park Lease Extension Example Cases:

Robyn, Belsize Park, North London,

After lengthy discussions with the freeholder of her ground floor apartment in Belsize Park, Robyn started the lease extension process as the 80 year deadline was rapidly nearing. The transaction was concluded in March 2012. The landlord’s costs were kept to an absolute minimum.

Belsize Park case:

Mr and Mrs. U Leroy purchased a basement apartment in Belsize Park in February 2004. The dilemma was if we could approximate the price would be to extend the lease by ninety years. Comparable residencies in Belsize Park with a long lease were valued about £216,000. The average amount of ground rent was £60 collected every twelve months. The lease ran out on 21 November 2081. Taking into account 58 years as a residual term we approximated the compensation to the freeholder to extend the lease to be between £28,500 and £33,000 exclusive of professional charges.

Decision in Camden

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Belsize Park flat is Raised Ground Floor Flat 20 Fitzjohns Avenue in July 2014. the Tribunal decided that the premiums to be paid for new leases in respect of the Raised Ground Floor Flat and the First Floor Flat were to be calculated as: Raised Ground Floor: £765,175.14 First Floor: £601,617.77 This case affected 2 flats. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 16.83 and 16.43.