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Top reasons for Honor Oak lease extension


Top reasons for lease extension now:

A Honor Oak lease depreciates with the years remaining on the lease.

When it comes to domestic leasehold premises in Honor Oak, you are actually purchasing an entitlement to live in a property for a prescribed time frame. These days flat leases are usually granted for 99 years or 125. Even though this may appear like a long period of time, you may consider extending the lease sooner rather than later. Accepted thinking is that the shorter the number of years is the cost of extending the lease gets disproportionately greater particularly when there are fewer than 80 years remaining. Leasehold owners in Honor Oak with a lease drawing near to 81 years unexpired should seriously think of extending it without delay. Once the lease term has under 80 years remaining, under the relevant statute the landlord is entitled to calculate and levy a greater premium, assessed on a technical calculation, known as “marriage value” which is due.

An extended lease is almost the same value as a freehold

It is generally considered that a residential leasehold with more than 100 years remaining is worth approximately the same as a freehold. Where an further 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.

Lenders will not finance a property with a short lease

Most banks have tightened lending criteria in recent years and borrowers are encountering difficulties in arranging finance or re-mortgage against flats with shorter lease terms, particularly below 75 years as they are deemed to be deficient security.

Lender Requirement
Bank of Scotland Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Coventry Building Society 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.
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.
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.
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.

What makes us experts in Honor Oak lease extensions?

Lease extensions in Honor Oak can be a difficult process. We recommend you secure guidance from a conveyancing solicitor and surveyor well versed in the legislation and lease extension process.

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Honor Oak Lease Extension Example Cases:

Jade, Honor Oak, South East London,

Trailing lengthy negotiations with the landlord of her basement apartment in Honor Oak, Jade initiated the lease extension process as the eighty year deadline was fast advancing. The transaction was concluded in May 2009. The freeholder’s charges were restricted to a tad over 650 pounds.

Honor Oak case:

Last Winter we were e-mailed by Mr and Mrs. F Lambert , who completed a purpose-built flat in Honor Oak in November 2003. We are asked if we could shed any light on how much (approximately) price would likely be to extend the lease by ninety years. Identical properties in Honor Oak with an extended lease were in the region of £171,800. The mid-range amount of ground rent was £55 invoiced per annum. The lease lapsed in 2072. Given that there were 50 years outstanding we calculated the compensation to the landlord to extend the lease to be between £33,300 and £38,400 exclusive of professional charges.

Decision in Lewisham

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Honor Oak flat is Flat 1 40-42 Ewelme Road in August 2012. the Tribunal assessed the premium for the lease extension in the sum of £11,800 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 61.81 years.