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Main reasons to start your Charing Cross lease extension

Main reasons to start your Charing Cross lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Charing Cross property value

Charing Cross leases on domestic deteriorating in value. Where your lease has about ninety years unexpired, you should start considering the need for a lease extension. If lease term is under eighty years, you will then have to pay half of the property's 'marriage value' in addition to the usual cost of the lease extension to your landlord. Marriage value is the amount of additional value that a lease extension will add to the property. Leasehold owners in Charing Cross will mostly be legally entitled to a lease extension; however It would be wise to check with a lawyer to confirm if you qualify. In certain situations you may not be entitled. There are prescribed deadlines and formalities to follow once the process has started so it’s prudent to be guided by a conveyancing solicitor during the process.

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

It is generally considered that a property with more than 100 years unexpired lease term is worth roughly the equivalent as a freehold. Where an additional ninety years added to all but the shortest lease, the residence will be equivalent in value to a freehold for many years in the future.

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

Lending institutions are less likely to issue a mortgage on a residential property in Charing Cross with a short lease. Many lenders simply refuse a mortgage on leases with below 75 years remaining.

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.
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.
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.
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 Charing Cross?

Lease extensions in Charing Cross can be a difficult process. We recommend you obtain professional help from a conveyancer and valuer with experience in this area.

We provide you with an expert from a selection of lease extension solicitors, which ensures a targeted and efficient service as you have a dedicated port of call with an individual lawyer. Our lease extension solicitors have a wealth of experience dealing with Charing Cross lease extensions and further afield, as well as any potential issues which may arise as well as problems with the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

Charing Cross Lease Extension Example Cases:

Amber, Charing Cross, London,

Trailing protracted discussions with the freeholder of her two bedroom apartment in Charing Cross, Amber initiated the lease extension process as the eighty year mark was fast coming. The legal work completed in June 2008. The landlord’s fees were kept to an absolute minimum.

Charing Cross case:

Mr and Mrs. K Girard purchased a purpose-built flat in Charing Cross in March 2000. We are asked if we could approximate the compensation to the landlord would be for a 90 year lease extension. Similar premises in Charing Cross with an extended lease were worth £300,000. The average amount of ground rent was £50 collected quarterly. The lease came to a finish on 8 January 2096. Having 75 years left we calculated the compensation to the landlord for the lease extension to be within £8,600 and £9,800 not including legals.

Decision in Hounslow

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a Charing Cross residence is 20 Avonwick Road in July 2013. The Tribunal was dealing with an application under Section 26 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 for a determination of the freehold value of the property. It was concluded that the price to be paid was Fifteen Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy (£15,970) divided as to £8,200 for Flat 20 and £7,770 for Flat 20A This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term was 73.26 years.