We are experts in residential leasehold law and are passionate about championing the rights of leaseholders. Based in London, we have cases throughout England and Wales.
Extending your Lease
Once you have owned your property for at least two years, you are entitled to a statutory lease extension, which adds 90 years to your existing lease term, and a 'peppercorn' ground rent (virtually £0 payable). We would be happy to talk you through this process.
Buying your Freehold
A group of leaseholders can, in certain circumstances, group together to buy the freehold from the freeholder.
There is a strict statutory procedure to follow and we can advise and assist you through this process.
Section 5/The Right of First Refusal
Freeholders can sell their freeholds at any time. In certain circumstances, the freeholder must comply with a formal procedure, giving the flat owners the option to buy the freehold first. The procedure is commonly known as the "right of first refusal".
Right to Manage
Are you looking to take over the management of your building from your freeholder to obtain operational control of both the building and all associated costs?
We can advise leaseholders on whether or not they are eligible to apply for the management and assist with any claim.
Leases contain restrictions on what you can and cannot do. There are some actions which require the freeholder’s prior consent, such as carrying out works to the flat, or subletting the property.
We can assist with applying to your freeholder for lease consents.
It is not uncommon for freeholders to go missing and a flat owner may not have heard from their freeholder for many years.
This does not mean that they lose their legal rights and in these cases we can assist with lease extension claims and buying the freehold using a special procedure.
Leasehold House Applications
Owners of leasehold houses may make a claim to buy their freehold or extend their lease once they have owned their house for two years. There is a statutory procedure to follow, which we can guide you through.
These words are used interchangeably to describe the owner of the leasehold interest in the flat.
A lease is a contract between the freeholder and leaseholder that gives the leaseholder the right to use the flat for a certain period of time. It also sets out the rights and obligations of each party. The terms of the lease must still be complied with even if the leaseholders own the freehold or have acquired the right to manage.
These words are used interchangeably to describe the owner of the freehold interest in the flat. Please note that owning a share in the freehold does not mean you own a freehold flat.
The person who lives in the flat. This may not be the leaseholder, but a sub-tenant or someone who lives in the flat with the permission of the leaseholder.