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Top reasons for Friern Barnet lease extension

Why you should commence your Friern Barnet lease extension today:

A Friern Barnet leasehold property depreciates with the years remaining on the lease.

The market value of Friern Barnet leasehold residential property falls as the lease term becomes shorter and this will have an impact on its saleability. The expense of extending the lease can escalate significantly once the unexpired lease term is below than eighty years

An extended lease has roughly the same value as a freehold

Leasehold residencies in Friern Barnet with more than 100 years outstanding on the lease are sometimes regarded as a ‘virtual freehold’. This is where the lease value the same as a freehold interest in your home. In such circumstances there is often little upside in purchasing the freehold unless savings on ground rent and maintenance charges merit it.

Lending institutions may not lend on a short lease

Mortgage companies are making their criteria more stringent and many now require flats to have at least sixty if not seventy years left at the end of the mortgage. As plenty of flats in Friern Barnet were created in the fifties, sixties and seventies as a result many now require lease extensions if they wish to get a mortgage.

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.
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.
Halifax Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
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.
Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgage term plus 30 years.

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Lease extensions in Friern Barnet can be a difficult process. We recommend you obtain professional help from a conveyancing solicitor and surveyor well versed in the legislation and lease extension process.

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 in-depth market knowledge dealing with Friern Barnet lease extensions and further afield, as well as any potential issues which may arise as well as problems with the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

Friern Barnet Lease Extension Case Studies:

Amelia, Friern Barnet, North London,

Off the back of lengthy correspondence with the landlord of her first floor apartment in Friern Barnet, Amelia initiated the lease extension process as the eighty year mark was quickly nearing. The legal work was finalised in May 2010. The landlord’s costs were negotiated to less than 500 pounds.

Friern Barnet case:

In 2012 we were approached by Mr and Mrs. U Davis who, having moved into a garden flat in Friern Barnet in September 2010. The dilemma was if we could estimate the price could be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Identical residencies in Friern Barnet with an extended lease were in the region of £265,000. The mid-range ground rent payable was £50 billed annually. The lease expiry date was in 2096. Considering the 73 years unexpired we estimated the premium to the landlord for the lease extension to be between £9,500 and £11,000 not including expenses.

Decision in Barnet

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Friern Barnet premises is 90 & 96 Poplar Grove in June 2013. It was held by the Tribunal that the premium to be paid for the new lease in respect of each of the flats referred should be £17,942 This case affected 2 flats. The remaining number of years on the lease was 68 years.