This area of law is known as 'leasehold enfranchisement' and in simple terms, includes the following:
This area of law is extremely complex, with many traps for the unwary, both for landlords/freeholders and tenants.
Our team of enfranchisement experts are on hand to guide both landlords/freeholders and tenants through the process. Using their in-depth knowledge and experience, they provide sound, pragmatic advice.
Our team has developed relationships with specialist surveyors operating in this niche area. They can also call upon the support of the firm's corporate and dispute resolution teams where necessary, which enables them to make the process feel as seamless as possible.
The team's main practice areas include:
The team acts for individual and portfolio landlords, housing associations, investors, individuals and groups of tenants, in London and all over the country.
Examples of the types of matters on which our leasehold enfranchisement team advise:
“Caroline is knowledgeable and diligent. She can be tenacious when arguing a point but always has the clients' interests at the forefront of her mind; she is skilled in this specialist field and her approach is refreshingly clear sighted.”
“The handling of the case by Caroline exemplary and the residents are enormously grateful for her care and attention to detail throughout this very difficult case.”
“Caroline showed a dogged determination throughout the LVT and assisted our barrister and expert valuer ably and in a most helpful manner with all the documents and details at her fingertips. Our confidence in Caroline was well founded and clients can rely on the fact that she will achieve as good a result as possible for them whilst providing accurate, clear and concise advice.”
“Throughout this process, Caroline answered all of our questions clearly, enabling us to make informed decisions. Her knowledge and experience mean that she gave good advice, safeguarding our interests and ensuring that we reached our desired conclusion successfully.”
“You’ve (Steven Thom) been brilliant and I’m recommending you whenever I can.”
“Despite the volume of work, Caroline has a well-rounded understanding of each individual case. She has great attention to detail and will always provide thorough replies to our enquiries. She is always contactable and very patient in taking the time to explain the process of each transaction, making it a very easy and friendly working relationship.”
“I found Caroline highly efficient, pleasant to deal with and extremely helpful at all times. She explained the ins and outs of the exercise very clearly, in language a layman can understand easily. I have recommended her to our next door neighbours who are planning to set up their own RTM company.”
“Caroline was outstanding in her dealings with the landlord, and her tenacious manner inspired absolute confidence in her ability to achieve the best possible position for me. As a direct result of her exceptional negotiating skills, I have managed to secure a rapid and successful completion of my lease extension. This was almost unthinkable before Caroline took over the case.”
We look in detail at the Law Commission's publication of a consultation paper on leasehold enfranchisement reform promising a comprehensive review of leaseholders’ rights in a variety of areas.
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