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Main reasons to start your Glan Conwy lease extension


Main reasons to commence your Glan Conwy lease extension today:

A Glan Conwy leasehold property depreciates with the years remaining on the lease.

Unfortunately that a Glan Conwy residential lease is a deteriorating asset. The lease value reduces in proportion to its lease length. The extent of this is taken for granted in the first few years due to the depreciation being disguised by increases in the Glan Conwy property prices.Once your lease gets to 85ish years, you need to start considering a lease extension. An important point to note is that it is desirable for lease extension to take place before the term of the existing lease falls under eighty years - otherwise a higher amount will be due. The majority of leasehold owners in Glan Conwy will be able to extend under the legislation; however a conveyancer should be able to clarify if you are eligibility. In some cases you may not be entitled. There are also strict timeframes and procedures to be adhered to once the process is instigated and you will need to be guided by your lawyer throughout the formalities.

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

Leasehold properties in Glan Conwy with in excess of one hundred years remaining on the lease are often 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 to be gained by purchasing the freehold unless savings on ground rent and estate charges warrant it.

Mortgage lenders will not grant a mortgage on a short lease

Lenders do not lend on short residential leases. You are likely to encounter difficulties if you wish to sell your flat in Glan Conwy if the remaining lease term is below the criteria set by most lenders. Different lenders have different criteria but generally theyrequire an unexpired term of at least seventy years.

Lender Requirement
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.
Halifax Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
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)
- Any lease which is subject to a Ground Rent (or Annual Rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis
- Any lease which is subject to a Ground Rent (or Annual Rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- 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
- A lease subject to a peppercorn Ground Rent (Annual Rent) charges

For the avoidance of doubt, any New Build properties completed but not sold pre-30 June 2022 will only be acceptable if the Lease conforms to the above guidance.

* 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.

Lease Extensions

We require all Lease Extensions to be completed under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and to meet the above criteria as a minimum. Where you become aware that it does not meet these requirements, please refer to Issuing Office.
TSB Minimum of 70 years at mortgage commencement, with 30 years remaining at mortgage redemption.
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.

Get in touch with one of our Glan Conwy lease extension solicitors or enfranchisement solicitors

Regardless of whether you are a tenant or a freeholder in Glan Conwy,the lease extension solicitors that we work with will always be happy to discuss any residential leasehold matters and offer you the benefit of their in-depth market knowledge and the close ties they enjoy with Glan Conwy valuers.

Glan Conwy Lease Extension Example Cases:

George, Glan Conwy, Conwy

Last year George, started to get close to the eighty-year mark with the lease on his basement apartment in Glan Conwy. In buying his property 19 years previously, the lease term was of no significance. Thankfully, he recognised he needed to take steps soon on Extending the lease. George extended the lease at the eleventh hour in September. George and the landlord who owned the flat above in the end agreed on a premium of £5,000 . If the lease had fallen below eighty years, the figure would have escalated by at least £925.

Glan Conwy case:

Mrs C Díaz took over the lease of a one bedroom flat in Glan Conwy in January 2001. We are asked if we could approximate the price would likely be to prolong the lease by ninety years. Comparable residencies in Glan Conwy with 100 year plus lease were in the region of £270,000. The mid-range amount of ground rent was £55 collected every twelve months. The lease elapsed on 17 April 2096. Having 74 years unexpired we estimated the compensation to the freeholder to extend the lease to be between £9,500 and £11,000 exclusive of legals.

Glan Conwy case:

Mr and Mrs. H Bailey moved into a studio apartment in Glan Conwy in November 2012. The question was if we could approximate the premium would likely be to extend the lease by a further 90 years. Comparative residencies in Glan Conwy with an extended lease were in the region of £166,400. The average ground rent payable was £60 collected per annum. The lease lapsed on 11 September 2076. Taking into account 54 years left we approximated the premium to the landlord to extend the lease to be between £32,300 and £37,400 exclusive of expenses.