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Why you should start your Pevensey lease extension today:

Increase your lease and increase your Pevensey property value

The closer a domestic lease in Pevensey nears to zero years unexpired, the the greater the reduction in the value of the property. Where the lease has, over 99 years remaining then this decrease may be fractional nevertheless there will become a stage when a lease has fewer than eighty years remaining as part of the premium you will incur is what is termed as a marriage value. This could increase markedly the cost. It is the main rational as to why you should extend the lease sooner as opposed to later. Most flat owners in Pevensey will meet the qualifying criteria; nevertheless a conveyancing solicitor should be able to advise if you qualify to extend your lease. In certain situations you may not qualify, the most frequent reason being that you have owned the property for less than two years.

An extended lease has roughly the same value as a freehold

Leasehold premises in Pevensey with more than 100 years outstanding on the lease are sometimes regarded as a ‘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 upside in buying the reversionary interest unless savings on ground rent and service charges warrant it.

Lending institutions may decide not to lend on a short lease

Banks and building societies are distinct in their lending requirements. Some set the bar at 75 years left on the lease; others may be willing to lend with anything in excess 70 years. Below sixty years, it may be problematic to obtain a mortgage in the first place.

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.
Halifax Minimum 70 years from the date of the mortgage.
Leeds Building Society 85 years remaing from the start of the mortgage.
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
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

Why use us for your lease extension in Pevensey?

Regardless of whether you are a tenant or a freeholder in Pevensey,the lease extension lawyers that we work with will always be happy to discuss any residential leasehold matters and offer you the benefit of their in-depth market knowledge and the close ties they enjoy with Pevensey valuers.

Pevensey Lease Extension Example Cases:

Teddy, Pevensey, East Sussex

Half a year ago Teddy, came precariously near to the 80-year threshold with the lease on his ground floor flat in Pevensey. In buying his property two decades ago, the lease term was of little interest. As luck would have it, he realised he needed to take action soon on Extending the lease. Teddy extended the lease just under the wire in January. Teddy and the freeholder via the managing agents eventually settled on an amount of £6,000 . If the lease had dropped below 80 years, the amount would have gone up by a minimum £1,075.

Pevensey case:

Mr J Thompson bought a purpose-built apartment in Pevensey in January 1997. We are asked if we could approximate the premium would likely be for a 90 year extension to my lease. Comparable homes in Pevensey with an extended lease were valued about £275,000. The mid-range amount of ground rent was £55 invoiced annually. The lease termination date was on 12 March 2097. Considering the 76 years remaining we calculated the compensation to the landlord to extend the lease to be within £9,500 and £11,000 exclusive of costs.

Pevensey case:

In 2014 we were contacted by Mr C Johnson who, having took over the lease of a first floor apartment in Pevensey in July 2011. The dilemma was if we could approximate the price would likely be to extend the lease by an additional years. Comparative flats in Pevensey with an extended lease were worth £176,200. The mid-range ground rent payable was £65 invoiced per annum. The lease ran out in 2077. Considering the 56 years as a residual term we approximated the compensation to the landlord for the lease extension to be within £29,500 and £34,000 not including expenses.