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.

Who to Contact


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

Bereavement damages incompatible with ECHR

The Court of Appeal has recently recognised that cohabitees as well as married couples (widow/widower) and civil partners have a right to bereavement damages (Smith v Lancashire…

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

Isabel Bathurst

Experts, who needs them? A Family solicitor’s view on pensions, divorce and experts

“People in this country have had enough of experts” – this was the comment reportedly made by Michael Gove, MP in June of last year. Unfortunately, couples…

Julian Waldon, Associate, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

The falling house prices of Surrey

Following the recent publication of the RICS report that house prices were falling in certain pockets of the UK, our South…

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Family finances make divorce negotiations increasingly complex

Divorce rates are on the rise, according to the latest statistics, and with the increase in the value of family assets, couples should do more to face…

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

The mortgage debate: the late 2000’s all over again?

Mortgage deals: a return to the late 2000s?   The great mortgage debate of the day arises yet again, are…

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

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

Bereavement damages incompatible with ECHR

The Court of Appeal has recently recognised that cohabitees as well as married couples (widow/widower) and civil partners have a right to bereavement damages (Smith v Lancashire…

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

Isabel Bathurst

Experts, who needs them? A Family solicitor’s view on pensions, divorce and experts

“People in this country have had enough of experts” – this was the comment reportedly made by Michael Gove, MP in June of last year. Unfortunately, couples…

Julian Waldon, Associate, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

The falling house prices of Surrey

Following the recent publication of the RICS report that house prices were falling in certain pockets of the UK, our South…

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Family finances make divorce negotiations increasingly complex

Divorce rates are on the rise, according to the latest statistics, and with the increase in the value of family assets, couples should do more to face…

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

The mortgage debate: the late 2000’s all over again?

Mortgage deals: a return to the late 2000s?   The great mortgage debate of the day arises yet again, are…

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp