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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...

Forfeiture

Forfeiture means the lease can be terminated and the property revert to the freeholder. This could arise if the leaseholder breaches the terms of the lease.

An example could be a failure by a leaseholder to maintain their flat. The law restricts the use of forfeiture even where the lease has been breached; however, if you find yourself in this situation you should seek legal advice. If an alleged breach is not admitted or agreed by the leaseholder the landlord will have to apply to the First-tier Tribunal or a court for a determination of the breach before they can start any forfeiture action.

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