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Main reasons to commence your Limehouse lease extension


Why you should commence your Limehouse lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Limehouse property value

There is no doubt about it a leasehold flat or house in Limehouse is a wasting asset as a result of the shortening lease. Where the residual term has, beyond 125 years remaining then this decrease may be negligible nevertheless there will become a stage when a lease has less than 80 years left as part of the premium you will incur is what is known as a marriage value. This could increase markedly the cost. It is the primary rational as to why you should extend the lease sooner than later. Most flat owners in Limehouse will qualify for this right; however a conveyancer can advise whether you are eligible to extend your lease. In certain situations you may not qualify, the most common reason being that you have owned the property for under two years.

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

It is conventional wisdom that a property with in excess of one hundred years remaining is worth approximately the equivalent as a freehold. Where an additional 90 years added to any lease with more than 35 years left, the premises will be worth the same as a freehold for many years ahead.

Banks and Building Societies will not issue a mortgage on a short lease

Most mortgage lenders will not grant a mortgage on a lease with less than 70 years remaining - although this varies from lender to lender. A purchaser will undoubtedly encounter difficulties in obtaining a mortgage and this will result in your Limehouse property being difficult to dispose of or remortgage.

Lender Requirement
Chelsea Building Society 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.
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.
National Westminster Bank Mortgage term plus 30 years. For a Lifetime Mortgage, the term must be no less than 150 years minus the age of the Borrower.
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 Originations (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 Originations (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 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 Originations):
- 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 Originations (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
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 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 Originations (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 Originations):
- 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
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 Limehouse lease extension solicitors or enfranchisement solicitors

Using our service will provide you better control over the value of your Limehouse leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and marketable in terms of lease length should you decide to sell. The lawyers that we work with have a wealth of experience of handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Limehouse Lease Extension Example Cases:

Jamie, Limehouse, London,

Jamie owned a high value apartment in Limehouse being marketed with a lease of a few days over 61 years remaining. Jamie informally spoke with his landlord a well known Manchester-based freehold company and enquired on a premium to extend the lease. The landlord was prepared to grant an extension on non-statutory terms taking the lease to 125 years on the basis of an increased rent to £100 yearly. No ground rent would be due on a lease extension were Jamie to exercise his statutory right. Jamie obtained expert advice and secured an acceptable deal without going to tribunal and ending up with a market value flat.

Limehouse case:

In 2010 we were called by Dr M Allen who, having moved into a one bedroom flat in Limehouse in November 2004. The dilemma was if we could approximate the premium would likely be for a ninety year lease extension. Comparative homes in Limehouse with an extended lease were valued around £171,800. The average ground rent payable was £55 invoiced annually. The lease ran out in 2070. Given that there were 50 years as a residual term we approximated the compensation to the landlord to extend the lease to be between £33,300 and £38,400 not including expenses.

Decision in Tower Hamlets

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Limehouse premises is 26 Rhondda Grove in June 2009. The net price payable by the leaseholders as determined by the Tribunal was £3,015.13. This comprised £11,300 premium for the reversion less £8,284.87 costs as ordered by the County Court.