We are residential leasehold specialists, and our expertise is recognised by the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).
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Leasehold property rights solicitors
Leasehold law is often complex. Unlike freehold property, a lease comes with a raft of continuing rights and obligations, including financial ones. Just navigating your way through a lease can be confusing, and it’s important to seek advice from an experienced leasehold property rights solicitor.
Our expertise is recognised by our membership of the highly respected Association of Leashold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).
- What is a lease?
- What is the difference between leasehold and freehold property?
- Lease terms
- Challenge lease service charges
- Lease forfeiture
- Leasehold houses
What is a lease?
A lease is a contract between a freeholder and a leaseholder governing the relationship between them. It contains conditions under which the leaseholder occupies the property, for example, not carrying out alterations without the landlord’s consent. Also, the lease document is not necessarily the full picture, as provisions implied by law supplement the express terms in the lease.
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What is the difference between leasehold and freehold property?
A freeholder owns the building, the land it stands on and the air space above. In contrast, a leaseholder owns the property for a ‘term’ of years but not the land it stands on. Typically, the term is 99, 125 or 999 years.
“The insights that you provided have been very helpful and confidence boosting.” MG
As a leaseholder, your relationship with the freeholder and your neighbours is governed by the lease, which is a type of contract, as well as a raft of legislation designed to protect residential long leaseholders. Our leasehold property solicitors can clarify your rights and obligations under the lease.
“You took all of the stress out of what I thought was going to be a difficult and uncomfortable process. Anyone considering enfranchisement should speak to him. Thanks again.” RP
Challenge lease service charges
Leaseholders should be aware that there is a great deal of legislation in place designed to regulate the reasonableness of service charges, including the cost of buildings insurance.
If you fail to pay ground rent or service charges, your freeholder can seek enforcement. This includes an application to Court, or the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) or LVT in Wales.
The vast majority of houses are freehold. But for several years, there was an increasing trend for developers to sell leasehold houses in what became known as the “ground rent scandal“. However, the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 (“the Act”) has essentially reversed that trend. As a result of the Act, since 30 June 2022, ground rents on new leases of houses and flats must be at a peppercorn rent – essentially zero.
“Thank you for your diligence and ready accessibility; we really appreciated that.” MA