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Top reasons for Cambridge lease extension


Main reasons to start your Cambridge lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Cambridge property value

There is no doubt about it a leasehold flat or house in Cambridge is a wasting asset as a result of the shortening lease. Where the residual term has, beyond 99 years to run then this decrease may be negligible however there will become a stage when a lease has under than 80 years remaining as part of the premium you will incur is what is termed as a marriage value. This could increase markedly the cost. It is the main logic behind why you should consider extending without delay. Most flat owners in Cambridge will meet the qualifying criteria; that being said a lawyer can advise if you are eligible for a lease extension. In limited situations you may not qualify, the most frequent reason being that you have owned the property for less than two years.

An extended lease is almost the same value as a freehold

Leasehold properties in Cambridge with over one hundred years left on the lease are sometimes referred to as ‘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 purchasing the freehold unless savings on ground rent and service charges justify it.

Lenders may not loan monies on a short lease

Mortgage lenders have specific criteria when loaning funds secured on leasehold homes. Some will simply refrain from lending at all once an unexpired lease term slips below a specified unexpired lease term. Many Lending institutions will not consider property with a remaining term of less than seventy years as acceptable security. As well as this being important when selling, it is also relevant where you are wanting to refinance your Cambridge home.

Lender Requirement
Barnsley Building Society 60 years from the date of the mortgage application subject to 35 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
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.
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.
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 Cambridge lease extension solicitors or enfranchisement solicitors

The lawyers that we work with handle Cambridge 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 conveyancing solicitor we work with provide it.

Cambridge Lease Extension Example Cases:

Tyler, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,

Tyler owned a 2 bedroom apartment in Cambridge being sold with a lease of fraction over fifty eight years unexpired. Tyler on an informal basis spoke with his freeholder a well known Manchester-based freehold company for a lease extension. The landlord indicated a willingness to extend the lease to 125 years on the basis of a new rent to start with set at £200 per annum and doubled every 25 years thereafter. Ordinarily, ground rent would not be due on a lease extension were Tyler to exercise his statutory right. Tyler obtained expert advice and secured an acceptable resolution without going to tribunal and readily saleable.

Cambridge case:

Last Winter we were approach by Mr and Mrs. A Cooper , who was assigned a lease of a first floor flat in Cambridge in March 2001. We are asked if we could shed any light on how much (roughly) compensation to the landlord could be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Comparable properties in Cambridge with an extended lease were in the region of £261,600. The average amount of ground rent was £60 billed every twelve months. The lease came to a finish in 2074. Having 52 years left we approximated the premium to the landlord to extend the lease to be between £39,000 and £45,000 exclusive of legals.

Cambridge case:

Dr P Cooper completed a garden flat in Cambridge in April 1996. We are asked if we could approximate the compensation to the landlord could be to prolong the lease by 90 years. Similar properties in Cambridge with 100 year plus lease were in the region of £218,000. The average amount of ground rent was £45 invoiced yearly. The lease finished in 2085. Given that there were 63 years left we estimated the compensation to the landlord for the lease extension to be between £17,100 and £19,800 plus fees.