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Why you should start your Rainham lease extension


Why you should start your Rainham lease extension today:

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

With a residential leasehold property in Rainham, you are in fact renting it for a certain period of time. In recent years flat leases typically tend to be for 99 years or 125. Many leasehold owners are unconcerned as this seems like a lengthy period of time, you may consider a lease extension sooner as opposed to later. Accepted thinking is that the shorter the lease is the cost of extending the lease increases markedly particularly when there are fewer than 80 years remaining. Residents in Rainham with a lease approaching 81 years unexpired should seriously think of extending it without delay. When a lease has under eighty years remaining, under the current statute the freeholder can calculate and demand a larger amount, assessed on a technical calculation, strangely termed as “marriage value” which is payable.

An extended lease has roughly the same value as a freehold

It is conventional wisdom that a residential leasehold with in excess of 100 years unexpired lease term is worth approximately the equivalent as a freehold. Where an additional ninety years added to all but the shortest lease, the premises will be worth the same as a freehold for many years in the future.

Lending institutions may decide not to issue a mortgage on a short lease

Mortgage companies do not like short residential leases. You are likely to encounter difficulties where you wish to sell your flat in Rainham if the unexpired term of your lease is less than the criteria set by most lenders. Different mortgage companies have different requirements but generally theyrequire a minimum remaining lease term of seventy years.

Lender Requirement
Barclays plc Mortgage term plus 25 years provided that leases of less than 85 years are be referred to us for approval.
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.
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.
Virgin 85 years at the time of completion. If it's less, we require it to be extended on or before completion.

Why use us for your lease extension in Rainham?

Retaining our service will provide you better control over the value of your Rainham leasehold, as your property will be more valuable and saleable in terms of lease length should you want to sell. The conveyancing solicitors that we work with have a in-depth market knowledge handling many hundreds of lease extensions or freehold purchase transactions.

Rainham Lease Extension Case Studies:

Sam, Rainham, London,

Sam owned a high value flat in Rainham being marketed with a lease of a little over 72 years remaining. Sam on an informal basis contacted his landlord a well known Manchester-based freehold company for a lease extension. The landlord was keen to grant an extension on non-statutory terms taking the lease to 125 years subject to a rise in the rent to £50 annually. No ground rent would be payable on a lease extension were Sam to invoke his statutory right. Sam obtained expert advice and was able to make a more informed judgement and deal with the matter and ending up with a market value flat.

Rainham case:

In 2011 we were phoned by Ms S Patel who, having was assigned a lease of a ground floor flat in Rainham in May 2006. The dilemma was if we could approximate the premium would be to extend the lease by 90 years. Similar homes in Rainham with 100 year plus lease were worth £265,000. The mid-range ground rent payable was £50 collected per annum. The lease came to a finish in 2094. Having 73 years remaining we estimated the premium to the freeholder to extend the lease to be between £9,500 and £11,000 exclusive of costs.

Decision in Havering

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Rainham flat is 37 Lodge Court High Street in November 2013. the decision of the LVT was that the premium to be paid for the new lease was £25,559 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 57.5 years.