Our award winning Leasehold Enfranchisement team are experts in the leasehold reform sector

Leasehold Enfranchisement


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Leasehold Enfranchisement

We have the specialist knowledge, expertise and experience to advise you in respect of any Leasehold Enfranchisement matter. We typically advise both landlords and leaseholders on the following:

a. Extending Leases – Increasing the term of a lease usually increases the value of a flat and makes it more saleable and easier to mortgage. Landlords receive a premium.

b. Buying or Selling Freehold Reversions – Statutory procedures enabling leaseholders to acquire their landlords’ reversionary interest in their building (Collective Enfranchisement), or enabling landlords’ to offer their reversion for sale to the leaseholders (Right of First Refusal).

c. The Right to Manage – A no fault based procedure enabling the leaseholders to take over collectively the management of their building and appoint their own professional managing agent

d. Missing Landlord claims – Whether a leaseholder wishes to extend their lease or acquire the freehold collectively, sometimes landlords go missing and cannot be found. Lease extensions and collective claims remain possible although the procedure is slightly different. In some limited circumstances the freehold can be acquired collectively at a reduced premium.

e. Applications to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to appoint a Statutory Manager – A fault based procedure enabling a leaseholder to apply to have a manager appointed by the tribunal in place of the landlord or existing managing agent.

f. Applications to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to Vary Leases – In some limited circumstances the tribunal has the power to vary provisions in long leases. Compensation is payable is some circumstances.

g. Applications to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to challenge or determine service charges or administration charges or to determine whether a breach of covenant has occurred – A procedure for both landlords and leaseholders to have a dispute about service charges or administration charges (including management fees, cost of repairs, insurance charges, late payment fees and the landlords’ costs) or other breach of covenant resolved by the tribunal.

To learn more about our Leasehold Enfranchisement team, visit our booklet or visit the menu to the right.

 

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Awards


We are delighted to announce that Emily Fitzpatrick was nominated as a Finalist in the Solicitor of the Year, Regional Professional of the Year and Young Professional of the Year categories in the 2016 Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards coordinated by News on the Block.

Emily Fitzpatrick was crowned Winner in the Regional Professional of the Year Category in the 2015 Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards coordinated by News on the Block. She was also listed in the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Leasehold Reform Sector 2015 coordinated by News on the Block.

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Hart Brown secures a six-figure settlement in clinical negligence case.

The court has now approved the settlement on a long running case in our specialist clinical negligence team involving a number of highly experienced specialists. The claimant…

Isabel Bathurst, Associate, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Isabel Bathurst

Investing in commercial property – The pros and cons compared to buy-to-let.

Some investors will have been looking at commercial property, either for the first time or with a new eye as a result of the recent tax and…

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Calling all tenants – Ideas for your Christmas list!

In the merry season of goodwill, and with landlords feeling wobbly as a result of the Brexit and 2017’s election (in addition to a glass too many…

Gaenor Thomas, Associate, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

Are you ready for a visit from Father Christmas?

Third party and occupiers’ liability is something which owners and occupiers of land and property should be aware of. Indeed landlords and tenants should see it detailed…

Gaenor Thomas, Associate, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

‘Not in my back yard!’ – There may be no choice.

Mobile phone usage has grown massively in the last two decades. There are six times as many phones in use as there were 20 years ago and staggeringly…

John Guthrie, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

John Guthrie

Arbitration

The majority of cases we handle are settled by agreement. Before agreement can be reached, there must be disclosure and this invariably means both parties complete a…

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie