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Top reasons for New Cross lease extension


Main reasons to commence your New Cross lease extension today:

A New Cross leasehold property depreciates with the years remaining on the lease.

New Cross leases on domestic deteriorating in value. Where your lease has in the region of ninety years left, you should start thinking about a lease extension. Eighty years is a significant number: when the unexpired term of a lease dips below this level then you start paying an additional element called marriage value. Flat owners in New Cross will usually be legally entitled to a lease extension; however it’s a good idea to check with a conveyancer to check if you qualify. In certain cases you may not be entitled. There are also strict timetables and formalities to follow once the process has commenced so it’s sensible to be guided by a lawyer during the process.

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

Leasehold premises in New Cross with more than 100 years outstanding on the lease are sometimes regarded as a ‘virtual freehold’. This is where the lease value the same as a freehold interest in your home. In such situations there is often little to be gained by purchasing the reversionary interest unless savings on ground rent and maintenance charges justify it.

Banks and Building Societies may not finance a property on a short lease

Nearly all mortgage lenders will not lend on a lease with less than 70 years remaining - although this varies from lender to lender. A purchaser will undoubtedly encounter difficulties to obtain a mortgage and this could result in your New Cross property being difficult to sell or remortgage.

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.
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.
Leeds Building Society 85 years remaing from the start of the mortgage.
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

Get in touch with one of our New Cross lease extension solicitors or enfranchisement solicitors

Lease extensions in New Cross can be a difficult process. We recommend you procure professional help from a conveyancer 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 New Cross lease extensions and further afield, as well as any potential issues which may arise as well as problems with the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

New Cross Lease Extension Case Studies:

Alexandra, New Cross, South East London,

Off the back of unsuccessful correspondence with the landlord of her basement apartment in New Cross, Alexandra commenced the lease extension process just as the lease was coming close to the crucial 80-year deadline. The transaction was concluded in May 2010. The landlord’s costs were kept to an absolute minimum.

New Cross case:

In 2014 we were approached by Mr and Mrs. I Lefebvre who, having bought a basement flat in New Cross in November 2005. We are asked if we could estimate the premium would likely be to prolong the lease by ninety years. Comparative residencies in New Cross with a long lease were worth £225,800. The average ground rent payable was £60 billed yearly. The lease concluded in 2082. Having 60 years left we calculated the compensation to the freeholder for the lease extension to be within £23,800 and £27,400 not including professional charges.

Decision in Lewisham

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a New Cross flat is 41 Endwell Road in March 2013. this matter relateed to the acquisition of the freehold of a mid- terraced Victorian house converted into three separate self-contained dwellings. By an order dated 28/11/2012, Deputy District Judge Cole in the Bromley County Court held that the leaseholders were entitled to acquire the freehold and directed that the premium payable be determined by this Tribunal. The Tribunal assessed the premium to be £14,753 This case related to 3 flats. The unexpired lease term was 80.01 years.