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I am undertaking a lease extension. Can the landlord insist on making variations to the lease?

If you are using the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 the landlord is permitted to make certain variations to the lease so long as they are in accordance with the provisions of Section 57 of the Act.

If you are extending a lease by private negotiation there are no rules because you are acting outside of the provisions of the Act. You can try to negotiate with the landlord and if they insist on varying the lease you can either accept their offer or proceed using the Act if applicable.

Download a template informal letter enquiring about lease extension of a flat, or to purchase the freehold of a house or flat

Lease extension can be a difficult process. We recommend you get professional help from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this area.


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