Leaseholds & Freeholds

Leasehold and freehold property transactions can be complex. They often involve complicated procedures related to valuation and entitlement. Handle them with ease and use our experts for all your requirements.

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As leasehold and freehold purchase solicitors, we regularly act for both tenants and landlords.

Our leasehold solicitors are experienced in dealing with all types of leasehold scheme, with particular expertise in leaseholds for the local flats.

Similarly, since the Commonhold & Leasehold Reform Act 2002, tenants of houses are able to buy the freehold from the landlord after two years’ ownership.

Our freehold purchase solicitors are more than happy to assist you through this process with clear, expert knowledge throughout.

We are ideally placed to:

  • Comprehensively explain all the key terms and procedures, so you clearly understand your options.
  • Help you navigate the complex legislation
  • Provide practical advice at each stage

Lease variations

The long-term nature of residential leases means that agreements drafted in previous decades may no longer be in line with present-day leaseholder needs or current conveyancing practices.

As experienced leasehold solicitors, we can work with both tenants and landlords to quickly and easily bring your lease up-to-date and ensure compliance with the latest regulations.

Lease extensions

Where a lease has less than 80 years to run, it may be beneficial and more cost-effective for a tenant to extend their lease.

A lease extension could significantly increase the property’s sale value, while allowing an unexpired term to drop too low may decrease the property’s value, or make it impossible to sell the property or remortgage it.

Where an informal arrangement cannot be agreed with the landlord or tenant, our experienced lease extension solicitors can guide you through the statutory procedure, and advise on the formal notices and documentation required.

Right to Manage

If you live in a block of flats, and feel that the service charges and management fees are too high, or that management of the building is poor, you can choose to exercise your Right to Manage. This allows you and your fellow tenants to take over management of the block or buy the freehold collectively from the landlord.

If you would like to take advantage of the Right to Manage scheme or pursue collective enfranchisement, our freehold purchase solicitors can support you through the process. We will assist with setting up the tenants’ company, and will guide you through the informal or formal statutory procedures and all documentation involved.

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