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Guide to Informal Lease Extensions

Wednesday, 20th September 2017 | by: Matthew Price

The Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act, 1993, establishes the valuation basis and legal framework for leaseholders to extend their lease (as well as enfranchise). The most common way to enact the Act, is to serve a Section 42 notice with the help of a specialist solicitor, but this does come with a raft of stipulations and costs, and is a ... Read more >>

Realities of Leasehold Ownership

Thursday, 22nd June 2017 | by: Matthew Price

The increasingly dire chances for first time buyers to get on the property ladder in London are well documented in the press. Those that hoped the Brexit vote or even the triggering of article 50 would soften prices have not yet seen their hopes realised as the average asking price in London reached £636,777 in April 2017. Properties purchased by ... Read more >>

Introducing our Leasehold Extension Calculator!

Sunday, 7th May 2017 | by: Matthew Price

We have recently added a tool to our website that allows you to get an idea as to the cost of your lease extension. Around half of the phone calls we receive on this subject involve the client asking for such, so it made sense for this information to be available to the public to use. There are four inputs to the Leasehold Calculator: the ... Read more >>

Valuing Vault Spaces

Tuesday, 28th March 2017 | by: Matthew Price

With London being London, seemingly any space that can be developed is being developed. The more typical schemes are loft conversions, rear extensions and everyone’s favorite, the basement dig. Another which has become increasingly popular is the extension of one’s demise into vault spaces, which are typically located beneath ... Read more >>

A leaseholder’s wish list

Monday, 13th March 2017 | by: Matthew Price

The leasehold valuation team here at Peter Barry recently attended the annual Leasehold Advisory conference that brings together tenants, managing agents, solicitors, valuers and all other people/bodies that have a interest in the current leasehold sector. The conference was celebrating its 15th year and whilst a lot has changed since 2002, many ... Read more >>

Valuing Lease Extensions and Enfranchisements of Houses

Thursday, 23rd February 2017 | by: Matthew Price

There is a lot in the news of late about the UK’s broken housing market. Spiraling house prices, unaffordable rents, poorly managed buildings, high service charges, ever rising ground rents and costly lease extensions increasingly favouring freeholders. The Government recently revealed its Housing White Paper which outlined how they intend to ... Read more >>

The Challenges of Valuing Above Commercial Property

Tuesday, 17th January 2017 | by: Ryan Sherar

We are regularly instructed to prepare valuations on leasehold flats located above commercial premises. The shortage of properties at the lower end of the housing market makes the purchase of this type of property increasingly popular. However, the presence of the commercial element below makes the task of providing an accurate valuation more ... Read more >>

Freehold Enfranchisement: The Dreaded ‘Development Valuation’

Thursday, 12th January 2017 | by: Steve Hobbs

One of the valuation issues that is unique to the freehold enfranchisement process is the potential for the existence of compensation for development value. In smaller blocks and period conversions development value will often arise from the potential to convert the roof space as an extension of the upper flat, to develop the basement as an ... Read more >>

Loft Spaces – Do You Actually Own Yours?

Tuesday, 10th January 2017 | by: Matthew Price

With space in London at a premium and house prices seemingly always rising, extending your property is seen as an attractive alternative to moving. Whilst there are always numerous costs and factors to consider when planning such work, owners of leasehold flats have an even more burdensome task in comparison to their freehold/house owning ... Read more >>

Well the good news is that Brexit is no longer the biggest political story of the years. Donald has trumped it, taking the White House in a landslide victory over opponent Hillary Clinton. So, what does this mean for London’s property market? One lesson we have all learned from the 2008 financial crisis is that the global economy is now more ... Read more >>

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