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Lease Extension: Statutory rights. Nadeem Hussain Islington Leaseholder event 10 th October 2012. Why extend the lease?. Value and marketability diminishes over time Enhance attraction to mortgage lenders Avoid marriage value 80 years rule Freehold purchase may not be possible

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lease extension statutory rights

Lease Extension: Statutory rights

Nadeem Hussain

Islington Leaseholder event

10th October 2012

why extend the lease extend the lease?
  • Value and marketability diminishes over time
  • Enhance attraction to mortgage lenders
  • Avoid marriage value
    • 80 years rule
  • Freehold purchase may not be possible
  • One flat in building
  • Resident landlord
  • Commercial area is more than 25%
  • Takes too long
lease extension Extension
  • Introduced by Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 as amended by Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 Act
  • The right to a new lease of 90 years plus the existing

term at a peppercorn ground rent

  • Price including capitalised ground rent, deferred reversion and marriage value if less than 80 years left on lease
qualifying tenants tenants
  • Must have owned flat for 2 years
    • Removal of residence test
    • Considered that tenant must be registered proprietor of the lease at HM Land Registry for at least 2 years
  • Lease must have been in excess of 21 years when originally granted
p rocedure
  • Prudent to obtain a valuation
  • Serve Tenants’ Notice on landlord
  • Landlord to respond with a counter-notice
  • Application to LVT within 6 months from date of Counter-notice
serve notice s42 notice (s42)
  • Specify a premium
  • Specify terms of new lease
  • Personal signature of lessee(s)
  • Give landlord not less than two months to serve counter-notice

NB Can transfer benefit of notice when selling flat

landlord s rights’s rights
  • Can request a deposit
    • The greater of £250 or 10% or premium proposed
  • Right of access
    • To the flat to obtain valuation
    • Enforceable through application to the county court
counter notice s45 notice (s45)
  • Admit the claim
  • Deny the claim
    • landlord to apply to the county court within two months of giving counter-notice
  • Redevelopment rights
    • last five years of the term
  • What if landlord fails to serve counter-notice in time?
    • leaseholder to seek vesting order in the county court.
procedure post counter notice post – counter-notice
  • Negotiation
  • Between two and six months after counter-notice given either party can apply to LVT to decide disputed terms
  • Failure to apply
    • deemed withdrawal
      • cannot apply for another twelve months and pay landlord’s abortive costs
  • Once terms agreed or decided by LVT move towards completing the new lease within two months(“appropriate period”)
  • If fail to enter into binding lease within the appropriate period another two months to seek vesting order in the county court otherwise deemed withdrawal


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