Lease Extension and Collective Enfranchisement
If you are the owner of a leasehold flat or house there is legislation giving you rights which, if exercised, will add value to your property. These rights have been improved and extended by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. The key rights are:-
- Extension of an individual lease
FAQs Lease Extension
- Collective enfranchisement (purchase of the freehold) by the lessees of blocks of flats
FAQs Collective Enfranchisement
- Enfranchisement of a leasehold house
FAQs Leasehold House
- Collective exercise of a right to manage by the lessees of blocks of flats
FAQs Right to Manage
More information on each of these rights is on the FAQ pages – please click on the highlighted links.
Why use us?
- Christopher Sykes is the author of "Leasehold Enfranchisement and the Right to Manage" the third edition of which was published by the Law Society in October 2016 and is also a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) which is the specialist organisation for enfranchisement professionals.
- We have a proven track record in acting for individual lessees and for associations/companies and landlords in these matters. Our clients range from the owners of houses on the large Central London estates to the residents’ associations of blocks containing a few flats to those with hundreds of flats and to the freeholders of these properties. References can be provided.
- As well as guiding you through the complex legislation we can offer practical and organisational advice.
- We will often attend an initial meeting of the committee of a residents’ association free of charge and then provide a detailed breakdown of likely costs.
- We have good links with other relevant professionals, in particular specialist surveyors/valuers, counsel and managing agents
- We are on the solicitors list of the Leasehold Advisory Committee. You may wish to look at their website which has a considerable amount of useful information.
Please beware this is a very complex area of law where it is essential to have specialist advice. To exercise any of the rights it is necessary to fulfil certain qualifying criteria. The legal structure of buildings, especially in Central London, can be intricate.
For further information, please contact a member of the Property Team.