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Why you should commence your Longford lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Longford property value

It’s a harsh truth that a Longford residential lease is a wasting asset. The lease value reduces in proportion to its lease length. The extent of this is taken for granted in the early years due to the loss of value being disguised by increases in the Longford property prices.Once your lease gets to 85ish years, you should start thinking about a lease extension. An important point to note is that it is desirable for lease extension to take place before the term of the existing lease falls below eighty years - otherwise a higher premium will be due. The majority of leasehold owners in Longford will be able to extend under the legislation; however a conveyancer will be able to clarify whether you are eligibility. In some cases you may not be entitled. There are also strict timetables and procedures to follow once the process is instigated and you will need to be guided by your lawyer for the duration of the process.

An extended lease is almost the same value as a freehold

Leasehold residencies in Longford with over 100 years left on the lease are sometimes referred to as ‘virtual freehold’. This is where the lease is worth the same as a freehold interest in your home. In such situations there is often little to be gained by purchasing the freehold unless savings on ground rent and service charges merit it.

Lenders will not issue a mortgage on a short lease

Banks and building societies are really restricting their approach as regards to homes in Longford with short leases. For example you may find that their lending criteria are stricter and that they adjust interest rates depending on the unexpired lease term. Some may even refrain from lending completely, so if you needed to sell, your only options would be to find a cash purchaser, or try your luck at auction thus limiting your market.

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.
Barclays plc Mortgage term plus 25 years provided that leases of less than 85 years are be referred to us for approval.
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.
Skipton Building Society 85 years from the date of completion of the mortgage

For Buy to Let cases:
- lettings must not breach any of the lessee’s covenants; and
- consent of the lessor to lettings must be obtained if necessary

TSB Minimum of 70 years at mortgage commencement, with 30 years remaining at mortgage redemption.

Why use us for your lease extension in Longford?

Lease extensions in Longford 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.

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 a wealth of experience dealing with Longford lease extensions and further afield, as well as any potential issues which may arise as well as problems with the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

Longford Lease Extension Example Cases:

Jude, Longford, West London

In 2014 Jude, came very close to the eighty-year threshold with the lease on his garden apartment in Longford. In buying his home 18 years previously, the unexpired term was of little bearing. Thankfully, he noticed he needed to take action soon on a lease extension. Jude was able to extend his lease just in the nick of time in April. Jude and the landlord ultimately settled on sum of £5,000 . If the lease had descended to less than eighty years, the sum would have become more exhorbitant by at least £875.

Longford case:

Dr Archie François acquired a newly refurbished apartment in Longford in January 1998. We are asked if we could approximate the price would likely be for a 90 year lease extension. Similar flats in Longford with an extended lease were in the region of £235,200. The average amount of ground rent was £45 invoiced annually. The lease finished in 2086. Considering the 66 years outstanding we calculated the compensation to the freeholder to extend the lease to be between £12,400 and £14,200 plus professional charges.

Decision in Hillingdon

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Longford residence is 164 Nestles Avenue in October 2013. The tribunal agreed with the proposed price of £20,158 for the freehold and determined that that sum is the amount to be paid into court This case affected 2 flats. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 69 years.