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Main reasons to commence your Mold lease extension


Main reasons to start your Mold lease extension today:

A Mold leasehold property depreciates with the years remaining on the lease.

Mold leases on domestic deteriorating in value. Where your lease has approximately ninety years left, you should start thinking about a lease extension. It is important to recognise that it is that it is financially advisable for the lease extension to take place before the term of the current lease drops under 80 years - otherwise a higher premium will be due. Leasehold owners in Mold will mostly qualify for a lease extension; however it’s a good idea to check with a conveyancer to check if you qualify. In certain situations you may not be entitled. There are also strict timetables and procedures to follow once the process is triggered so it’s wise to be guided by a lawyer during the process.

An extended lease is almost the same value as a freehold

It is conventional wisdom that a residential leasehold with in excess of 100 years remaining is worth roughly the same as a freehold. Where an further 90 years added to any lease with more than 30 years remaining, the property will be worth the same as a freehold for decades to come.

Mortgage lenders may decide not to loan monies with a short lease

Most mortgage companies insist on a lengthy amount of time left on any leasehold property before they will consider lending on it. Even if you don't require a mortgage, you should keep in mind that it is probable that someone wanting to acquire your property in the future might well do, so if they are not able to get a mortgage, then the value of the property will likely suffer. In the last decade many banks and building societies have increased the required minimum lease length that they are prepared to grant a mortgage on

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.
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.
Lloyds TSB Scotland Mortgage term plus 30 years subject to an overall minimum term of 70 years
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.
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

Why use us for your lease extension in Mold?

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

Mold Lease Extension Case Studies:

Ryan, Mold, Flintshire,

Ryan was the the leasehold proprietor of a studio flat in Mold being sold with a lease of fraction over sixty years left. Ryan on an informal basis contacted his freeholder being a well known London-based freehold company for a lease extension. The freeholder was prepared to give an extension on non-statutory terms taking the lease to 125 years subject to a new rent at the outset set at £200 per annum and increase every 25 years thereafter. Ordinarily, ground rent would not be payable on a lease extension were Ryan to invoke his statutory right. Ryan procured expert advice and secured an acceptable deal informally and readily saleable.

Mold case:

In 2010 we were contacted by Mr Matthew Richardson who, having moved into a one bedroom apartment in Mold in May 2010. The dilemma was if we could approximate the premium could be to extend the lease by an additional years. Comparable premises in Mold with 100 year plus lease were worth £218,000. The mid-range ground rent payable was £45 collected quarterly. The lease finished in 2085. Having 63 years unexpired we calculated the compensation to the landlord for the lease extension to be between £17,100 and £19,800 plus expenses.

Mold case:

Mr and Mrs. J Davis was assigned a lease of a newly refurbished flat in Mold in January 1996. The dilemma was if we could shed any light on how much (roughly) compensation to the landlord could be to prolong the lease by 90 years. Comparable premises in Mold with 100 year plus lease were worth £265,000. The mid-range amount of ground rent was £50 invoiced yearly. The lease ended on 19 March 2096. Considering the 74 years unexpired we approximated the compensation to the freeholder for the lease extension to be within £9,500 and £11,000 plus professional charges.