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LEASE training programme
For training on residential leasehold law.
Section 20 Consultation
Service charges for residential leaseholders
Tackling bad management
Courses can be fully tailored to your requirements.
- I am in dispute with my landlord but I do not want to go to Court or Tribunal. Is there an alternative?
- How can I find out what my service charge is being used for?
- My neighbours are very noisy and it is affecting the enjoyment of my property. What can I do?
- My landlord has carried out Section 20 consultation but I am still unhappy about the service charges I'm being asked to pay. What can I do?
- I own the freehold of a leasehold house. The leaseholder wants to buy the freehold. Do I have to sell it to them?
- What happens when my lease runs out?
- What happens if I breach the terms of my lease?
- My landlord has not demanded ground rent for several years. Can he still demand it?
I am a landlord. What can I do if a leaseholder breaches the terms of their lease?
A lease is a contract and so if a leaseholder breaches the terms of their lease you can take legal action through the County Court. Where relevant you can seek an injunction, order for specific performance and/or damages. You can also seek to recover your costs. The ultimate sanction open to you would be to seek forfeiture of the lease.
You may require the services of a solicitor or surveyor. See the directory of Leasehold Practitioners.
More information you might find useful:
- Service Charges and other issues: Forfeiture and possession
- Application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Breach of Lease
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