Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

Leasehold Enfranchisement

As a specialist residential property law firm, we are experts in leasehold enfranchisement.

We can act for both leaseholders and freeholders in relation to all types of residential leasehold property matters including lease extensions, right to manage, right of first refusal, absent landlord, collective purchase of freehold and various other lease issues.

Recognised multiple times at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards (ERMAs) and headed up by Gemma Hawthorne (Legal Director), our leasehold enfranchisement department has the requisite experience and knowledge to successfully deal with large-scale, complex cases.

Should matters become contentious, all court or tribunal proceedings stemming from any leasehold enfranchisement issue can be handled in-house by our accomplished litigators.

Extending your lease enables you to secure your investment, add 90 years to your lease, make your flat easier to sell, and avoid paying ground rent again.

We deal with statutory lease extensions for individual flats under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, as well as carrying out lease extensions of houses under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.

In addition to the formal process we can assist with voluntary (AKA non-statutory or informal) lease extensions and we are experienced in acting for both landlords and leaseholders.

If you are interested in extending your lease, we will be happy to offer a free telephone consultation to answer your questions and to explain the lease extension process:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of extending the lease
  • The pros and cons of the statutory and voluntary routes - which type is best for you?
  • The costs of extending the lease
  • Criteria for extending the lease - discover whether you are eligible
  • When to extend the lease i.e. it is important to avoid allowing your lease to fall below 80 years because marriage value will be incurred (which could drastically increase the cost)
  • Why you need a lease extension valuer/surveyor and how to find a good one

To arrange your FREE, 30 minute, initial consultation, just email us or call 020 7963 8690.

Purchasing your share of the freehold enables you to extend your lease to 999 years at nil premium and take control over the management of your block, while also increasing the value of your flat and making it more attractive to prospective buyers and lenders.

We assist with collective enfranchisement (shared freehold purchase of blocks of flats) under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, as well as dealing with collective freehold purchase of houses under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967. We also handle voluntary freehold purchases, which do not follow the usual statutory procedures.

If you would like to find out more about purchasing your share of the freehold, we will be happy to provide a free telephone consultation to advise on the following:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of collective enfranchisement
  • The pros and cons of the statutory and voluntary routes - which one is right for you?
  • The costs of freehold purchase
  • Criteria for collective enfranchisement - discover whether you are eligible
  • Why you need a valuer/surveyor and where to find a good one

To arrange your FREE, 30 minute, initial consultation, just email us or call 020 7963 8690.

Is the service charge for your block too high? Is your building poorly managed? You may be able to compel your landlord to transfer their management functions to a right to manage (RTM) company, without even having to prove any fault on the part of the landlord.

Exercising your right to manage lets you reduce your service charge to a reasonable level, choose your own managing agent, and make it easier to obtain consent for things in the lease.

It is important to seek proper legal advice to ensure the right to manage process is handled successfully. We will be happy to offer you a free, initial consultation to advise on:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of right to manage
  • The differences between right to manage and freehold purchase
  • The costs associated with right to manage
  • Criteria for right to manage - discover whether you are eligible
  • How the process works and what stages are involved

To arrange your FREE, 30 minute, initial consultation, just email us or call 020 7963 8690.

If you are a leaseholder whose landlord is selling the freehold, you have the right of first refusal on the purchase of the freehold interest under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.

A new landlord is an unknown quantity and failure to purchase your freehold at this stage might put you at the mercy of the new landlord who could, for example, make changes to the management structure of your building or fail to fulfill basic responsibilities.

Exercising your right of first refusal helps you to avoid such uncertainties while also conferring all the usual benefits of owning your share of the freehold.

Conversely, if you are a landlord wishing to sell the freehold, you are obliged to offer the leaseholders first refusal on the purchase of the freehold interest.

Failure to do so could result in costly and time-consuming legal action which could have been easily avoided by following the proper statutory procedures in the first place.

It is therefore imperative that you seek sound legal advice from the outset and offer your leaseholders their right of first refusal in the prescribed manner.

We act for both freeholders and leaseholders on right of first refusal and freehold purchase matters. Please email us or call 020 7963 8690 for your free, initial telephone consultation.

If you have an absentee freeholder you may nevertheless be able to extend your lease, purchase your share of the freehold, or exercise your right to manage.

However, the process may take longer than when the landlord is present. It is therefore all the more important to have a specialist solicitor manage things as efficiently as possible.

If you have an absent landlord, we can offer you a free, initial consultation to advise on:

  • What options are open to you in the case of an absent landlord
  • The timescales involved in lease extensions, right to manage and collective enfranchisement when the landlord is absent
  • The costs associated with each of these processes
  • How these processes are different when the landlord is absent
  • What steps you need to take and why you might need a specialist solicitor

To arrange your FREE, 30 minute, initial consultation, just email us or call 020 7963 8690.

In addition to lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, right to manage, right to first refusal and absent landlord matters, we cover nearly all manner of other services associated with residential leasehold property including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Advice regarding handover of management and post RTM acquisition advice
  • Dealing with court/tribunal proceedings related to leasehold enfranchisement (e.g. statutory applications under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993)
  • Providing strategic advice on property management and investment
  • Advising on commonhold schemes
  • Recommending and coordinating the involvement of other professionals (such as valuers or surveyors)

If you cannot find the leasehold service you require mentioned in the list above, just give us a call on 020 7963 8690 and we may still be able to help.

We deal with all litigation and dispute resolution proceedings for our residential leasehold property cases. If you have a property dispute not covered by our leasehold enfranchisement department, it is very likely that our in-house litigation team will be able to assist.

As a boutique firm, we are proud to offer a bespoke service. All our work is solicitor-led, so our clients are guaranteed to benefit from our comprehensive knowledge and tailor-made advice.

Offering services in English law in a range of languages including French, Albanian, Czech and Cantonese, we can assist non-native English speakers who own residential property in the UK.

Free Consultation

We offer 30 minutes of FREE advice in the form of a complimentary, no-obligation, initial telephone consultation. Just call 020 7963 8690 or email us to arrange a suitable time.