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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.

 

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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


New Lease Code

We await the conclusions of the consultation process launched by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on replacing the current Code for Leasing…

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

A cautionary tale – architects’ copyright

Developers need to take care not to infringe copyright in architect’s drawings. In a recent case, the High Court held that copyright in an…

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Developers no longer getting tanked up

The UK population has grown by over eight million since 2000. The demand for housing has risen accordingly and housing developers find themselves constantly…

John Guthrie, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

John Guthrie

5 top tips to make sure your planning application is accepted

If you’re attempting to get planning permission to develop your property, you need to ensure that you understand exactly what is expected of you, and what…

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

What is a step-parent’s position after a divorce?

If you’re a step-parent going through divorce and you have step-children, what measures can be taken to maintain a good relationship with your step-child and are there…

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Problems with Airbnb-style lettings

On 6 June 2018 Simon Wood, a barrister in the Hart Brown Dispute Resolution department, presented a paper at the RICS Regional Conference for the South East.

Simon Wood, Barrister, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Simon Wood

New Lease Code

We await the conclusions of the consultation process launched by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on replacing the current Code for Leasing…

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

A cautionary tale – architects’ copyright

Developers need to take care not to infringe copyright in architect’s drawings. In a recent case, the High Court held that copyright in an…

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Developers no longer getting tanked up

The UK population has grown by over eight million since 2000. The demand for housing has risen accordingly and housing developers find themselves constantly…

John Guthrie, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

John Guthrie

5 top tips to make sure your planning application is accepted

If you’re attempting to get planning permission to develop your property, you need to ensure that you understand exactly what is expected of you, and what…

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

What is a step-parent’s position after a divorce?

If you’re a step-parent going through divorce and you have step-children, what measures can be taken to maintain a good relationship with your step-child and are there…

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Problems with Airbnb-style lettings

On 6 June 2018 Simon Wood, a barrister in the Hart Brown Dispute Resolution department, presented a paper at the RICS Regional Conference for the South East.

Simon Wood, Barrister, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Simon Wood