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Why you should commence your Islington lease extension


Top reasons for lease extension now:

Increase your lease and increase your Islington property value

Islington leases on residential deteriorating in value. Where your lease has about 90 years remaining, you should start thinking about a lease extension. 80 years is a significant number: when the unexpired term of a lease dips below this level then you begin paying an additional element called marriage value. Flat owners in Islington will mostly qualify for a lease extension; however a solicitor should be able confirm your eligibility. In some situations you may not be entitled. There are prescribed timetables and procedures to follow once the process has started so it’s sensible to be guided by a conveyancing solicitor during the process.

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

It is conventional wisdom that a residential leasehold with more than 100 years unexpired lease term is worth roughly the same as a freehold. Where an further ninety years added to any lease with more than 30 years unexpired, the premises will be worth the same as a freehold for many years ahead.

Banks and Building Societies will not loan monies with a short lease

Banks and Building Societies have set criteria when loaning funds charged on leasehold homes. Many will simply refuse lend at all once the remaining lease term falls under a certain unexpired lease term. Many Banks and Building Societies will not consider property with an unexpired below 75 years as adequate security. In addition to this being important when selling, it is also relevant if you are seeking to refinance your Islington home.

Lender Requirement
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.
Halifax Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Leeds Building Society 85 years remaining from the start of the mortgage.
The Mortgage Works Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
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 70 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 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 70 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 1.0% 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
- 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 reviewed and altered on any review basis or methodology

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 1.0% 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 the Issuing Office
Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgage term plus 30 years.

Why use us for your lease extension in Islington?

Engaging our service gives you increased control over the value of your Islington leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and marketable in respect of lease length should you decide to sell. The conveyancing solicitors that we work with have a wealth of experience of handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Islington Lease Extension Case Studies:

Tommy, Islington, North London,

Tommy owned a high value apartment in Islington on the market with a lease of a few days over 61 years remaining. Tommy informally spoke with his freeholder a well known Bristol-based freehold company for a lease extension. The landlord was keen to grant an extension on non-statutory terms taking the lease to 125 years on the basis of an increased rent to £100 annually. Ordinarily, ground rent would not be due on a lease extension were Tommy to invoke his statutory right. Tommy obtained expert advice and was able to make a more informed decision and handle with the matter and readily saleable.

Islington case:

Last year we were e-mailed by Ms N Moore , who took over the lease of a recently refurbished flat in Islington in July 2001. We are asked if we could shed any light on how much (approximately) premium could be to extend the lease by a further 90 years. Comparative flats in Islington with 100 year plus lease were valued about £280,000. The average ground rent payable was £45 collected monthly. The lease ran out on 27 February 2094. Taking into account 70 years remaining we approximated the premium to the freeholder for the lease extension to be between £12,400 and £14,200 exclusive of expenses.

Decision in Hackney

An example of a Lease Extension case for a Islington premises is 5C Stoke Newington Road in April 2010. the Tribunal therefore concludes that the premium to be paid for the extended lease is £700.00 This case affected 1 flat. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 80.5 years.