Leasehold Reform

The Leasehold Reform Act 1967 first gave long leaseholders of residential properties the right to obtain the freehold of their property from their landlord. The Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993 extended the rights to flat owners who for the first time had the right to extend their leases by 90 years and reduce the ground rent to a peppercorn. There have been a number of statutes since 1993 which have amended both of the main statutes and we can assist you whether you are a landlord or a tenant. In particular we have recently acted for a number of tenants in blocks of flats where there has been a pooling of resources to achieve economies of scale in costs. In this case on behalf of the tenant we will prepare application forms, serve the landlords and, if necessary, where the surveyors cannot agree on the premium to be paid, we can make application to the Property Chamber, First Tier Tribunal (formerly called the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal).

Nick Robinson has appeared on a number of occasions before the Tribunal and is an experienced advocate and practitioner. He can also advise with regard to service charge disputes and represent both tenants and landlords at the Tribunal on such disputes.

We will also help the lessees of houses split into two or more units to extend the leases of their units to 999 years when the lessees own the freehold, either individually or through a company.