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Service charges and other issues

Service charges, administration charges, ground rent, recognised tenants associations and forfeiture. For a brief summary...

Leasehold Extension – Getting Started

The right to extend the lease of a flat under the Leasehold Reform Housing and...

Living in Leasehold Flats – A guide to how it works

The nature and typical rights and obligations that relate to the ownership of a leasehold...

Section 20 Consultation for Private Landlords, Resident Management Companies and their Agents

Consultation for qualifying works to a building and qualifying long-term agreements. Purpose of this booklet...

Leasehold Houses – Buying the freehold – Qualification and procedure

Qualification requirements for a tenant to buy the freehold of their leasehold house and outline...

Right to Manage

The right for leaseholders of a building containing flats to take over the management of...

Collective Enfranchisement (buying the freehold of your building)


Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (as amended)

The right for leaseholders of a building, or part of a building, to join together and buy the freehold of that building from their freeholder (landlord).


Exceptions to the right to buy the freehold

Other exceptions

Property included in the claim



The participating leaseholders are required to pay the freeholder’s reasonable, legal and surveyor’s costs as well as their own costs. Each party pays their own costs of the Tribunal proceedings, if it gets that far.

The Tribunal also has jurisdiction to rule on the reasonableness of the landlord’s costs.

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