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Main reasons to start your Chalk Farm lease extension

Top reasons for lease extension now:

Increase your lease and increase your Chalk Farm property value

The re-sale value of a leasehold property in Chalk Farm depends on how long the lease has left to run. If it is near to or fewer than 80 years you should foresee problems on re-sale, so it is advisable to arrange for a lease extension before buying. It is ideal to start the lease extension process when the lease still has 82 years to run so that all matters can be finalised ahead of the 80 year threshold. Leasehold Reform legislation entitles Chalk Farm qualifying lessees to obtain a new lease which will be for the balance of the existing lease plus an additional term of 90 years. The intention of the valuation is to determine the premium payable by the lessee to the freeholder for the purchase of the lease extension.

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

Leasehold properties in Chalk Farm 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 circumstances there is often little to be gained by buying the reversionary interest unless savings on ground rent and maintenance charges warrant it.

Lending institutions will not issue a mortgage on a short lease

Lending institutions are less likely to issue a mortgage on a domestic flat in Chalk Farm with a short lease. Many lenders simply refuse to lend on leases with below 75 years remaining.

Lender Requirement
Bank of Scotland Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
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.
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.
Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgage term plus 30 years. For a Lifetime Mortgage, the term must be no less than 150 years minus the age of the Borrower.
Virgin 85 years at the time of completion. If it's less, we require it to be extended on or before completion.

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

Engaging our service gives you increased control over the value of your Chalk Farm leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and marketable in terms of lease length should you decide to sell. The conveyancing solicitors that we work with have a in-depth market knowledge handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Chalk Farm Lease Extension Case Summaries:

Ashleigh, Chalk Farm, North London,

In the wake of 9 months of unsuccessful correspondence with the freeholder of her one bedroom apartment in Chalk Farm, Ashleigh commenced the lease extension process just as her lease was nearing the all-important 80-year threshold. The legal work was finalised in November 2013. The freeholder’s charges were kept to an absolute minimum.

Chalk Farm case:

Last year we were phoned by Mrs I Gunderson , who owned a studio apartment in Chalk Farm in January 2000. The dilemma was if we could shed any light on how much (roughly) price would be for a 90 year lease extension. Comparable properties in Chalk Farm with an extended lease were in the region of £201,200. The mid-range amount of ground rent was £55 invoiced every twelve months. The lease expiry date was in 2075. Given that there were 56 years outstanding we approximated the premium to the landlord to extend the lease to be between £31,400 and £36,200 not including fees.

Decision in Camden

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Chalk Farm residence is Flat 2 27 Mackeson Road in December 2012. The Tribunal assessed the value of the lease extension premium at £35,435 and rounded the figure to £35,500 This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired lease term was 64.77 years.