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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.

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


A Quick Guide to Personal Injury Trusts

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Mark Wisby, Associate, Clinical Negligence Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Mark Wisby

Mediation: Please don’t use the “F” word in my presence

As I always say to parties at the beginning of my mediations, one of the golden rules of mediation is that each side must…

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Paul Grimwood

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Jane Crosby, Partner, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Jane Crosby

Bonfire Night parties – how to avoid some legal fireworks

Remember, remember, the fifth of November… Every year it’s impossible not to remember the (allegedly) treasonous acts of a group of men as they planned to blow…

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Paul Grimwood

Will non-regression clauses protect UK workers after Brexit?

It could be a little risky reporting this, as by the time you reach the end of this article things could have all changed, such is the…

Jane Crosby, Partner, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Jane Crosby

The elderly facing hidden fees on retirement properties

As the age demographic of our society has changed over the last 2 or 3 decades there has been a similar change in approach to living in…

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

A Quick Guide to Personal Injury Trusts

One of the more structured ways of ensuring a recipient is able to manage their inheritance properly is to put it into a trust. For larger amounts…

Mark Wisby, Associate, Clinical Negligence Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Mark Wisby

Mediation: Please don’t use the “F” word in my presence

As I always say to parties at the beginning of my mediations, one of the golden rules of mediation is that each side must…

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Paul Grimwood

New employment rights raise another red flag for employers

New payslip requirements are set to come into force, requiring itemised calculations for variable rates of pay and hours worked. Alongside, the requirement for payslips will be…

Jane Crosby, Partner, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Jane Crosby

Bonfire Night parties – how to avoid some legal fireworks

Remember, remember, the fifth of November… Every year it’s impossible not to remember the (allegedly) treasonous acts of a group of men as they planned to blow…

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Paul Grimwood

Will non-regression clauses protect UK workers after Brexit?

It could be a little risky reporting this, as by the time you reach the end of this article things could have all changed, such is the…

Jane Crosby, Partner, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Leasehold Enfranchisement,

Jane Crosby

The elderly facing hidden fees on retirement properties

As the age demographic of our society has changed over the last 2 or 3 decades there has been a similar change in approach to living in…

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp