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Main reasons to commence your Leigh lease extension


Main reasons to start your Leigh lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Leigh property value

Leigh leases on residential properties are gradually losing value. The shorter the remaining lease term becomes, the less it is worth – and as a result any extension of the lease becomes more expensive. Most owners of residential leasehold property in Leigh enjoy rights under legislation to extend the terms of their leases. If you are a leasehold owner in Leigh you would be well advised to investigate if your lease has between 70 and ninety years left. There are good reasons why a Leigh leaseholder with a lease having around 80 years unexpired should take action to ensure that a lease extension is actioned without delay

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

It is generally accepted that a property with more than one hundred years remaining is worth roughly the same as a freehold. Where an additional 90 years added to any lease with more than 30 years remaining, the property will be worth the same as a freehold for many years in the future.

Banks and Building Societies may decide not to grant a mortgage with a short lease

Almost all banks and building societies insist on a lengthy amount of time remaining on a leasehold residence before they will consider providing a mortgage on it. Even if you don't need a mortgage, you should keep in mind that it is probable that someone intending to buy your property in the future might well do, so where they are unable to secure a mortgage, then the financial worth of the property could suffer. In the last decade many mortgage lenders have increased the required minimum lease length that they are willing to accept

Lender Requirement
Accord Mortgages 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.
Bank of Scotland Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Barclays plc Leases with less than 70 years at the commencement of the mortgage should be declined (see exception below).

Leases with greater than 70 years but fewer than 85 years remaining must be referred to issuing office.

Leases with fewer than 70 years should only be referred to the issuing office where the following scenario applies, as discretion may be applied subject to bank approval:

• Property is located in any of the following prestigious developments: Cadogan, Crown, Grosvenor, Howard de Walden, Portman or Wellcome Trust Estates in Central London AND
• The value of the property subject to the short remaining term is £500,000 or more AND
• The loan to value does not exceed 90% for purchases, 90% like for like re-mortgages, 80% for re-mortgages with any element of capital raising and 80% for existing Barclays mortgage borrowers applying for additional borrowing;
Barnsley Building Society 60 years from the date of the mortgage application subject to 35 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
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)
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to every 5 years
- 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

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- 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
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* 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.

What makes us experts in Leigh lease extensions?

Retaining our service gives you increased control over the value of your Leigh leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and saleable in relation to the lease length should you want to sell. The lawyers that we work with are well versed in the legislation handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Leigh Lease Extension Example Cases:

Evan, Leigh, Greater Manchester,

Evan was the the leasehold owner of a studio flat in Leigh on the market with a lease of fraction over fifty eight years left. Evan on an informal basis approached his freeholder being a well known London-based freehold company for a lease extension. The freeholder indicated a willingness to extend the lease to 125 years subject to an increased rent to £50 per annum. No ground rent would be due on a lease extension were Evan to exercise his statutory right. Evan procured expert advice and was able to make a more informed judgement and deal with the matter and sell the flat.

Leigh case:

Last year we were approach by Mr James Jones , who owned a basement apartment in Leigh in July 1996. We are asked if we could estimate the price would likely be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Similar properties in Leigh with 100 year plus lease were worth £171,800. The mid-range ground rent payable was £55 collected annually. The lease came to a finish in 2072. Considering the 50 years left we calculated the premium to the freeholder for the lease extension to be within £33,300 and £38,400 plus expenses.

Leigh case:

Last Spring we were phoned by Dr John Morel , who completed a purpose-built apartment in Leigh in May 1997. The question was if we could shed any light on how much (roughly) compensation to the landlord would likely be for a ninety year extension to my lease. Comparative homes in Leigh with an extended lease were worth £280,000. The mid-range ground rent payable was £45 invoiced every twelve months. The lease termination date was on 23 April 2092. Considering the 70 years unexpired we estimated the compensation to the freeholder to extend the lease to be within £12,400 and £14,200 not including fees.