The new property trap affecting thousands

Key with house key ring in a door

Earlier today, the BBC ran an article on an increasingly common trap affecting thousands of families across England and Wales. We asked Emily Fitzpatrick, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement, and David Knapp, Head of Residential Property, to give their thoughts on the article.

“This lady’s story shows the importance of obtaining proper and independent legal advice from solicitors experience in dealing with leasehold properties (whether that be houses or flats) and with an in house leasehold enfranchisement specialist. A purchaser is generally expected to understand what it is they are buying, but with the complexities of leasehold property, this is very often not the case. Acquiring a leasehold property can be very different from buying a freehold property, and can often be more expensive in the long run when ground rent and the subsequent purchase of the freehold interest (or an extension of the lease) is taken into account. Our specialist residential conveyance David Knapp and leasehold enfranchisement specialist Emily Fitzpatrick, both partners at Hart Brown, have considerable experience in such matters”.

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.


Emily Fitzpatrick

Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement

Emily is a Partner and Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement. She previously worked at a law firm in Sussex and started out as a Trainee Solicitor...

Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement

Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily is a Partner and Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement. She previously worked at a law firm in Sussex and started out as a Trainee Solicitor from 2005-2007.

She is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) with professional qualifications in Management courses 1 and 2. She is also a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the RSPCA and the Rabbit Welfare Association.

Here are Emily's answers to a brief interview about her personal interests:

First single purchase:
Something by Take That

Favourite TV programme:
Holby City

High point in legal career:
Winning Regional Professional of the Year in the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2015.

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