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I can’t afford to buy the freehold of my house. Can I extend my lease instead?

Under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 you may be entitled to an extension of 50 years. There is no premium payable for a lease extension of a house granted under the Act, however, at the start of the new 50 year lease the ground rent may increase to a modern rent. Advice should be sought on what the new ground rent may be prior to proceeding with the extension.

Buying the freehold 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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