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Published On: June 22, 2021 | Blog | 0 comments

Thinking Of Buying a Leasehold Flat?

Before purchasing a leasehold property it is generally a good idea to check some important issues first.

How many years are left on the Lease?

 This is one of the most important things to check when buying a leasehold property.  You generally need around 80 plus years left on a Lease to secure a mortgage over it.  Therefore, I would say check it has at least 85 years and if not consider asking the seller if they would be willing to start the lease extension process for you which you can then take over on completion of the sale.

How much ground rent is payable?

 Another important factor is ground rent and this can be two fold.  Firstly you want to check it’s not too high and secondly you want to check how often it increases.  Again, lenders do not like to lend on high ground rents that double every 10 years.  However, this can also be varied by the 1993 Act lease extension procedure.

Have any alterations been made?

 If alterations have been made to a leasehold property you can bet there will be a clause in the lease that says the freeholder’s permission will be needed for this.  Therefore it is always a good idea to ask whether any alterations have been made and whether permission was obtained, otherwise, a Retrospective Licence will need to be drawn up.

What sort of restrictions, if any, are there within the Lease?

 The Lease will set out all the obligations and responsibilities of both the freeholder and leaseholder.  It is imperative therefore that you get the Lease checked before proceeding with the purchase in case there are any restrictions that do not agree with your circumstances such as a ‘no pets’ clause for example.

If you are thinking of purchasing a Leasehold property or have just purchased one, Anthony Gold have a specialist team of lawyers who would be happy to assist in extending or varying the Lease, drawing up a Licence for Alterations or perhaps just reviewing the Lease to advise on any restrictions.  Please contact us on 020 7940 4000 or email the writer on

* Disclaimer: The information on the Anthony Gold website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. It is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied.*

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