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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Eastbourne

I have 7378 less than 75 years left on my lease and require a lease extension for my apartment in Eastbourne. Conveyancing solicitors on the Nationwide Building Society panel can deal with such extensions correct?

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are securing a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Nationwide Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 5/7/2019 the requirements read as follows :

- 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).

Ground Rents and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us for Valuer consideration. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term <55 years
- <30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent >0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles <every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years)
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period ≤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 >0.1% and ≤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 >5 and <10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial, etc
- Estate Rent Charges >£500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges >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 >85 years
- Ground Rent ≤0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period ≥10 years
- Ground Rent escalation ≤RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined)
- Unexpired lease term <125 years on a new build flat or <250 years on a new build house (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Starting Ground Rent >0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period ≤ 5 years
- Ground Rent doubles < every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years)
- 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 >£500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges >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 ≥125 years on a new build flat or ≥250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent ≤0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period >5 years
- Ground Rent escalation ≤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

How does conveyancing in Eastbourne differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build residence in Eastbourne come to us having been asked by the developer to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is finished. This is because developers in Eastbourne typically acquire the land, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Eastbourne or who has acted in the same development.

I have been on the look out for a leasehold apartment up to £195,000 and found one close by in Eastbourne I like with amenity areas and station nearby, however it's only got 61 years on the lease. There is not much else in Eastbourne for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error acquiring a short lease?

Should you need a home loan that many years will be a potential deal breaker. Discount the price by the amount the lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current owner has owned the premises for a minimum of twenty four months you can ask them to start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this.

Is there anything unique about your site and alternative web based conveyancing brokers when it comes to conveyancing in Eastbourne?

At this site obtain an accurate quote via a Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer that has a full understanding of the nuances of your conveyancing in Eastbourne. As opposed to estate agents and many comparison sites we are not in the business of charging firms a commission if you instruct them for your property ownership legalities in Eastbourne

Builders have recommended to me a property lawyer and I've sought an estimate from them. It's nearly £300 cheaper than my own Eastbourne lawyer. What's the catch?

Developers normally have panels of conveyancers who are quick and who know the seller’s documentation and lawyer. Plenty of developers offer an inducement to use their approved property lawyer for this reason, any increased charges can be avoided and a builder will not suggest a conveyancing factory and run the risk of having the conveyancing stall when they require an exchange in 28 days. A counter-argument for not opting for the suggested lawyer is that they may prove hesitant to 'push' your interests at the risk of alienating the housebuilder. Where you have concerns that this may be the case you should stick with your local Eastbourne lawyer.

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