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Why you should start your Hendon lease extension


Main reasons to start your Hendon lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Hendon property value

Hendon leases on residential properties are gradually decreasing in value. The shorter the remaining lease term becomes, the less it is worth – and as a result any extension of your lease becomes more expensive. The majority of owners of residential leasehold property in Hendon enjoy rights under legislation to extend the terms of their leases. Where you are a leasehold owner in Hendon you really ought to investigate if your lease has between seventy and ninety years left. In particular once the remaining lease term slips under eighty years, the premium due on any lease extension sharply increases as part of the premium you will incur is what is known as a marriage value

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

It is conventional wisdom that a residential leasehold with in excess of one hundred years remaining is worth roughly the same as a freehold. Where an further 90 years added to any lease with more than 45 years remaining, the residence will be worth the same as a freehold for decades to come.

Mortgage lenders may decide not to lend on a short lease

Whether or not the lease is be regarded as a short lease depends on the specific mortgage company, yet banks and building societies start to get jittery at around 75 years. This will be problematic when you wish to sell or remortgage your flat as it will be practically unmortgageable. You might have no imminent plan to sell but when you do your purchaser must wait two years before they can exercise the right to a a lease extension.

Lender Requirement
Bank of Scotland Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Barnsley Building Society 60 years from the date of the mortgage application subject to 35 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
Leeds Building Society 85 years remaing from the start of the mortgage.
Lloyds TSB Scotland Mortgage term plus 30 years subject to an overall minimum term of 70 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 Hendon lease extension solicitors or enfranchisement solicitors

Lease extensions in Hendon can be a difficult process. We recommend you procure guidance from a lawyer and surveyor with experience in lease extensions.

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 Hendon lease extensions and further afield, as well as any potential issues which may arise as well as problems with the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

Hendon Lease Extension Case Studies:

Ali, Hendon, North London

During the course of the last few months Ali, started to get close to the 80-year mark with the lease on his ground floor apartment in Hendon. Having bought his property 18 years ago, the lease term was of little significance. Thankfully, he noticed he would imminently be paying an inflated amount for a lease extension. Ali extended the lease at the eleventh hour last March. Ali and the landlord ultimately agreed on sum of £6,000 . If the lease had slid below eighty years, the price would have escalated by a minimum £1,150.

Hendon case:

Ms T Patel bought a first floor apartment in Hendon in January 1997. We are asked if we could approximate the compensation to the landlord would likely be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Comparable premises in Hendon with a long lease were valued about £243,000. The average amount of ground rent was £65 collected annually. The lease ended on 19 July 2084. Taking into account 63 years as a residual term we estimated the compensation to the freeholder for the lease extension to be within £20,000 and £23,000 exclusive of expenses.

Decision in Barnet

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Hendon flat is First Floor Flat 61 Wilberforce Road in March 2014. The premium payable was £10,130 and the case was remitted back to the Willesden County Court to effect the Vesting Order (Claim No 3W103100). This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired lease term was 71 years.