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Why you should start your Blackfen lease extension


Main reasons to start your Blackfen lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Blackfen property value

The market value of a leasehold property in Blackfen is impacted by how long the lease has left to run. If it is near to or fewer than eighty years you should anticipate problems on re-sale, so it is advisable to arrange for the lease to be extended ahead of purchasing. It is preferable to commence the lease extension process when the lease still has 82 years to run so that formalities can be finalised prior to the 80 year mark. Leasehold Reform legislation enables Blackfen qualifying lessees to obtain a new lease which will be for the balance of the existing lease plus a supplemental term of ninety years. The intention of the valuation is to arrive at an opinion of the amount payable by the lessee to the freeholder for the purchase of the lease extension.

Blackfen property with a lease extension has roughly the same value as a freehold

Leasehold premises in Blackfen with more than 100 years left on the lease are often regarded as a ‘virtual freehold’. This is where the lease value the same as a freehold interest in your home. In such situations there is often little upside in buying the reversionary interest unless savings on ground rent and estate charges justify it.

Banks and Building Societies may decide not to grant a mortgage on a short lease

Banks and Building Societies are less likely to give a loan offer on a domestic flat in Blackfen with a short lease. Some lenders simply refuse to lend on leases with less than 75 years left.

Lender Requirement
Leeds Building Society 85 years remaing from the start of the mortgage.
Lloyds TSB Scotland Mortgage term plus 30 years subject to an overall minimum term of 70 years
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.
The Mortgage Works Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term. Report to the issuing office if the lease term is shorter than that stated within the Offer and has less than 100 years remaining.(There is no requirement to report if the lease term is lower than that stated on the Offer but still has 100 years or more to run, or if the lease term is longer than that stated on the Offer).

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)
The following are not acceptable:
- The unexpired lease term on a new build flat is less than 125 years
- The unexpired lease term on a new build house is less than 250 years
- Starting ground rent is more than 0.1% of the property value
The lease must be amended to comply with the above. If not the case cannot proceed. Please advise us where the case cannot proceed.
Ground rents and event fees:
Ground rent and other event fees must be reasonable at all times during the lease term. For example, it is acceptable for ground rent escalation to be linked to RPI (Retail Price Index) or a similar index and where this is the case we do not need to be advised. However, unreasonable multipliers of ground rent will not be permitted, for example, doubling every 5, 10 or 15 years. These must be referred to us and we will advise if our mortgage offer remains valid. If you are unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable, please refer the details to us.
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.

Why use us for your lease extension in Blackfen?

Engaging our service gives you better control over the value of your Blackfen leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and saleable in terms of lease length should you want to sell. The lawyers that we work with have a in-depth market knowledge handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Blackfen Lease Extension Case Studies:

Rosie, Blackfen, South East London,

Off the back of protracted discussions with the freeholder of her leasehold flat in Blackfen, Rosie started the lease extension process as the eighty year mark was fast nearing. The legal work was finalised in February 2006. The freeholder’s costs were restricted to less than six hundred GBP.

Blackfen case:

Mr John Mason owned a ground floor apartment in Blackfen in March 2000. The question was if we could estimate the premium would be for a 90 year extension to my lease. Similar residencies in Blackfen with an extended lease were valued about £183,600. The average amount of ground rent was £65 billed yearly. The lease expired in 2076. Considering the 57 years remaining we estimated the compensation to the freeholder to extend the lease to be within £28,500 and £33,000 not including professional charges.

Decision in Greenwich

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Blackfen property is 103a Footscray Road in January 2014. The tribunal determines that the premium payable for the extended lease should be £34,500 according to the expert witness valuation calculation This case was in relation to 1 flat.