Brighton Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

Do you own a leasehold apartment or flat in Brighton? Are you fed up with the cost of maintenance or with having to deal with a particular difficult freeholder. If so, there is every chance that you could be entitled to buy the freehold of the block using a legal process called “collective” or “leasehold enfranchisement”.

What’s more, once the collective enfranchisement process is completed, leaseholders have the right to grant themselves 999 year leases for what is known a “peppercorn rent” i.e. nil rent.

You will need the advice of specialist lease enfranchisement solicitors to guide you through the system, and here at solicitors, Bonallack and Bishop, we have a dedicated team of lease extension and freehold purchase specialists who can offer all the expert advice and expertise you could need.

Looking To Buy The Freehold Of Your Block In Brighton? Looking For The Right Legal Advice? Call Us On FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 For FREE Initial Phone Advice.

Getting a Specialist Leasehold Enfranchisement Lawyer

When going through the process of a lease extension or collective enfranchisement, it is crucial that the surveyors and lawyers you deal with are specialists. Why? Well, leasehold enfranchisement is a complex legal area and it involves unusual legal terminology and strict deadlines. The overwhelming majority of property solicitors have very little experience in this area, if any at all. It is therefore important to find the true specialists –  and in reality there are so few of them.

Don’t put yourself at a disadvantage without specialist advice – your freeholder will almost certainly have the backup of legal experts.

Working Together for a Smooth Enfranchisement Process

Your solicitor will also have to work with your chosen valuer [and the project manager if your block is a medium or large sized block] to make sure the enfranchisement goes through without a hitch.

Our legal team works with surveyors who specialise in lease extension and enfranchisement every day of the week – what’s more, if you don’t know which surveyor to appoint in Brighton, just ask us – we know exactly which Brighton-based specialist surveyor to use and, if you wish, we can appoint them and instruct them as part of a one-stop service on your behalf to value the enfranchisement premium you are going to have to pay your freeholder.
Click here to read more about the leasehold enfranchisement process

Recognised Leasehold Enfranchisement Experts

It’s not always that easy to find solicitors who have expertise in leasehold enfranchisement.

Here, however, we have 5 strong Leasehold Team who do nothing but help leaseholders nationwide extend their lease or purchase the freehold of their block – taking instructions by phone, e-mail or video call. And over the last 25 years, we’ve both represented numerous  freeholders, and leaseholders like you, in many thousands of lease enfranchisement, lease extension and right to manage cases. Currently we are taking about 500 such cases each year.Brighton Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. HomeOwners Alliance logo

But don’t just take our word for it. We are the only solicitors nationwide recommended for enfranchisement and lease extension work by the HomeOwners Alliance – Britain’s leading campaigning group for home owners.

And here’s what one of Brighton’s specialist enfranchisement valuers says about us:

“As one of the leading and longest established firm of chartered surveyors specialising in leasehold reform, we have worked with Bonallack and Bishop on many occasions. The process is complex and a procedural minefield. Bonallack and Bishop certainly know the ropes and we have always found them knowledgeable and efficient and a joy to deal with”.
Andrew Pridell, Andrew Pridell Associates Ltd – specialist Lease Extension Chartered Surveyor and Valuer, Hove

We are also members of ALEP (The Association Brighton Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. ALEP logoof Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors),  the only nationwide organisation representing specialist enfranchisement surveyors and lawyers.

Leasehold enfranchisement – what are the pros and cons?

Many leaseholders feel that they would like more control over the management of their property. And if that sounds like you, you have 2 main options. Either you can buy the freehold or you can apply for the ‘right to manage’ the block.  But be aware that both options mean that you need to make a joint application with other leaseholders – and that can prove tricky if you come from a large block, because these applications require the support of at least 50% of leaseholders (and both of you if your building has just 2 flats) .

So what are the advantages and disadvantages of going down the collective enfranchisement route?

  • Freehold purchase – the advantages

• Increase the value of your home: prospective buyers are likely to be more attracted to flats where they will own the freehold.

• Extend your lease for free: if you choose to buy the freehold you will not need to pay a fee to extend your lease and can extend it up to 999 years (with the agreement of your fellow freeholders).

• You don’t pay ground rent: if you own the freehold, you will not need to pay any ground rent.

• You choose service providers: this means you can control the amount you pay in service charges whereas before you paid the service charges determined by the freeholder.

• Avoid conditions: As a leaseholder you are bound by various conditions over repairs and pet ownership for example which can be frustrating having forked out on a home. This is not usually the case as a freeholder, provided the other freeholders either agreed to amend the terms of your lease or not to enforce any restriction.

  • Freehold purchase – the disadvantages

So far so good, however some elements of freehold purchase are less attractive, for example:

• It’s not cheap: enfranchisement can, depending on the value of your flat, prove quite expensive – but this is almost always exceeded by the value that it can add to your home.

• You are going toneed your neighbours’ help: It can be difficult – especially for those living in large blocks – to draw together a team of people who are willing to engage in collective enfranchisement and who will be organised and co-operative throughout the process. You may even struggle to find the freeholder (though don’t worry if they’re missing – our team can help you through the process to buy a freehold even with an absent freeholder).

• It can be a slow process: leasehold enfranchisement usually takes about 12 months but if your freeholder is uncooperative it can take considerably longer, especially if you don’t instruct specialist solicitors.

• The lease conditions may remain: the conditions of your lease will not change simply because you have bought the freehold, although it is quite common for freeholders to agree lease variations for other freeholders. It is therefore important to instruct an expert solicitor to update unfair or badly drawn-up leases.

• You have responsibilities: as a freeholder you become responsible for setting up and running your new freehold company, keeping the accounts, maintaining the property and securing insurance. This is not for the faint-hearted. it can be a particular strain if the block is a big one or if you have some difficult issues or awkward leaseholders. Failure to properly run the freehold company and maintain their block can have expensive consequences.

• Disagreements may still occur: some neighbours are still likely to complain about service charges once the freehold company has been set up. These disputes may arise between you and other freeholders as well as those who were not party to the collective enfranchisement. And this can be particular difficult if you’re living in the block and the arguments are with your near neighbours or friends.

Flat in Brighton? Looking to Purchase the Freehold of Your Block? Call us today

Exercising your right freehold purchase can prove really complicated – that’s why it’s so important to have an experienced and expert enfranchisement lawyer on your side.

Our team represent have all the expertise you need – representing clients throughout England and Wales. Lease extension and collective enfranchisement is all they do.

So if you are the owner of a flat in Brighton and you want to purchase the freehold [or simply extend the term of your lease];

  • Call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for FREE initial phone advice and a FREE quote OR
  • Email us using the contact form below

    Manchester Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

    There are thought to be around 1 ½ million leasehold flats in England and Wales and many of these are in Manchester. If you live in Manchester and you own a leasehold flat you may be interested in the leasehold enfranchisement process (also referred to as ‘freehold purchase’ or ‘collective enfranchisement’). This right to enfranchise enables you to get together with some of your fellow flat owners to jointly buy the freehold of your block and to gain greater control over your property.

    Do You Want to Purchase The Freehold Of Your Block In Manchester? For Specialist Legal Representation You Can Rely On, Call FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 For FREE Initial Phone Advice.

    CHOOSE AN EXPERT FOR YOUR LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT

    Having an expert enfranchisement solicitor on board is really important. Why? Because tricky deadlines and complex legislation make lease enfranchisement and lease extension difficult areas of law.  And what’s more, very few property solicitors have any enfranchisement experience. However, specialists like those here at Bonallack & Bishop have handled numerous block purchases – so you can rest assured that we have all the experience needed to help you buy your freehold.

    It’s also worth bearing in mind the importance of ensuring that you and your freeholder are on a level playing field. Given that whoever owns the freehold of your block is almost guaranteed to instruct a specialist enfranchisement solicitor, it is important that you get advice from a similarly experienced solicitor. A specialist solicitor will understand exactly how to work effectively with your project manager and surveyor to help make sure your enfranchisement goes through at the right price with minimal delay.

    THE COSTS OF GETTING IT WRONG

    And getting the application wrong or missing one of the deadlines can prove expensive. It could mean that your application simply fails entirely, and you have to start the procedure from scratch, with all the legal costs and delay that entails. And, what’s worse, if property prices are rising, and given that the length of your lease is falling at the same time, you may find that by the time you get your new application in, the actual price of the premium you will need to pay to the freeholder has gone up.

    EXPERT LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT SOLICITORS

    • Buying your freehold isn’t cheap – especially if you live in an expensive flat (because one of the factors that affect the price or premium you will need to pay to your freeholder, is the value of your flat). So it’s really important to get the right solicitor on board from day one. solicitor. Our specialist team has over 25 years of experience assisting thousands of freeholders and leaseholders with enfranchisement and lease extension.

    • At Bonallack & Bishop, our enfranchisement solicitors really are genuine specialists – our 5 strong team deals with nothing but lease extension, right to manage and enfranchisement work. And we help somewhere in the region of 500 people every year extending their lease or buying the freehold – all the way from single flat lease extensions to the freehold purchase of large blocks

    • We are members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners – the only nationwide organisation of enfranchisement specialistsManchester Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. ALEP logo

    • Don’t worry that our team is not local to you – we deal with almost all lease extension and enfranchisement work remotely – taking instructions from clients all over England and Wales by phone, email and Zoom video

     

    • We can handle your enfranchisement from beginning to end – from obtaining the initial valuation, and serving the Enfranchisement Notice, to helping you with formation of your freehold purchase company and registering you as a new owners with HM Land Registry – and even taking your case to the First Tier Property Tribunal in the unlikely event it becomes necessary

    BUT DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

    Here’s what Tom Jefferies, a specialist Leasehold Barrister from Landmark Chambershas to say about Jenny Slater, the head of our leasehold team:

    “I would happily recommend Jennifer Slater for all types of leasehold enfranchisement. She has the knowledge and experience you would normally only find at a specialist London firm.”

    DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE BENEFITS OF ENFRANCHISEMENT

    Collective or leasehold enfranchisement [as the process of joining together with some or all of your fellow leaseholders to jointly buy the freehold of your block] will increase the value of your flat or apartment and potentially provide you with much greater control over maintenance and service charges for the block.

    And you may be surprised to find that, the price you need to pay to your freeholder for a 90-year lease extension may not be that much more than your share of buying the freehold of your block of flats.

    What’s more, with slightly bigger blocks, where there are therefore more leaseholders sharing those costs, you may even find that the legal and valuation costs for each leaseholder is actually less than you would pay for an individual leasehold extension – because although the overall legal and valuation bill may be higher, it’s going to be divided between all those participating in the enfranchisement.

    So, subject to the issues raised below, you may find that it’s far more attractive to buy your share of the freehold rather than simply extending your lease by a further 90 years.

    LEASEHOLD ENFRANCHISEMENT IN MANCHESTER? CONTACT US TODAY

    So if you own a flat or apartment in Manchester, and you’re interested in buying the freehold (or just extending the lease):

    • Call us today on 0800 1404544 or
    • Email us using our contact form for FREE initial advice and a FREE quote.

      Bournemouth Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

      According to up-to-date records from the National Statistics Office, there are approximately around 1.5 million long leasehold flats in England and Wales. Bournemouth and the surrounding area has more than its fair share of these flats and apartments – and many of which are going to be eligible for leasehold enfranchisement [also known as collective or freehold enfranchisement, and freehold purchase].

      Do You Own a Flat or Apartment in Bournemouth? Want to Buy The Freehold Of Your Block? For Expert FREE Initial Phone Advice, Call Us On FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or (01202) 834450 

      DO I NEED A SPECIALIST LEASEHOLD ENFRANCHISEMENT SOLICITOR?

      In short, the answer is yes. Why?

      o leasehold enfranchisement involves a particularly tricky area of law – in particular, for example, it’s easy to miss critical deadlines, and the law surrounding the exercise of your right to enfranchisement is notoriously difficult to interpret

      o most property solicitors come across enfranchisement and lease extension very rarely – and our experience, the vast majority of non-specialist solicitors really struggle to cope with the intricacies of the enfranchisement process

      o your freeholder is almost certain to will appoint their own specialist enfranchisement solicitor

      o an experienced enfranchisement solicitor can play a crucial role in your enfranchisement team – drafting the legal compensation, cooperating with your surveyor , and you, or your project manager, to control the information flow and to make sure that the whole enfranchisement process goes through successfully

      WE ARE COLLECTIVE ENFRANCHISEMENT SPECIALISTS

      o There are very few solicitors who specialise in leasehold enfranchisement. The vast majority of property solicitors will not have ever dealt with leasehold enfranchisement – and you wouldn’t want to entrust your freehold purchase to a solicitor using your enfranchisement as a learning experience!

      o Here at Bonallack & Bishop, our enfranchisement and lease extension team is based in Salisbury, although we also have offices in Andover, Amesbury and Fordingbridge. Our 5 strong leasehold enfranchisement and lease extension team are real specialists – that’s all they do – and we have experience of helping thousands of leaseholders to with successful lease extension and enfranchisement applications in the last 25 years.

      o Our team are also members of the Association of Leasehold EnfrBournemouth Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. ALEP logoanchisement Practitioners [ALEP] – which is the only national group of specialist enfranchisement solicitors and surveyors.

      OUR LEASEHOLD ENFRANCHISEMENT EXPERTISE – DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

      Here’s what a local specialist enfranchisement surveyor says about us:

      “I have worked alongside Bonallack & Bishop on numerous lease extension and enfranchisement cases and have been impressed by their efficiency, regular communication and knowledge of the subject.”

      Stephen Higley, Smith Robinson Higley Ltd, Chartered Surveyors, Poole

      And, what’s more, we are the only law firm nationwide recommended for lease extension and leasehold enfranchisement work by the HomeOwners Alliance, the natiBournemouth Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. HomeOwners Alliance logoon’s leading organisation promoting interests of the UK’s homeowners.

       OUR ONE-STOP SHOP ENFRANCHISEMENT SERVICE

      We can help you throughout the process – all the way from day one to setting up your new freehold management company.

      BOURNEMOUTH ENFRANCHISEMENT? CALL 01202 834450 TODAY

      So if you own a flat or apartment in Bournemouth, and you’re interested in buying the freehold (or simply extend your lease), our team can help you. We are happy to meet you face-to-face, but equally, our team runs most of our enfranchisement work without a face-to-face meeting – taking instructions by e-mail, phone and Zoom video.

      Email us using the contact form below and we can give you a FREE no obligation quote for your enfranchisement and answer your initial queries – or we can arrange to ring you back at a time convenient to you, if you prefer.

        Bristol Collective Enfranchisement Solicitors

        Do you own a long leasehold flat or apartment [i.e. any residential lease with a term originally granted for over 21 years] in Bristol? Do you want to increase the value of your flat? Do you want to take over the right to manage your block from your freeholder? If you can answer “yes” to all three of these questions, then you could well be entitled to buy the freehold of your block of flats using a process called leasehold or collective enfranchisement.

        You’ll need a specialist leasehold enfranchisement lawyer to help you with this – and at here at Bonallack & Bishop we have a 5 strong dedicated team of lease extension and enfranchisement who have all the knowledge you are going to need.

        Helping you throughout the whole process

        What’s more, we are are there with expert advice right from the initial valuation. And if you can’t get agreement from your freeholder, all the way to the First Tier Property Tribunal.

        In addition, as part of our one stop shop service,we can introduce you to come and if necessary appoint, a member of our specialist panel of collective enfranchisement surveyors – because you are going to need an expert valuation and very few surveyors have the necessary experience or skill.

        Looking To Buy The Freehold Of Your Block In Bristol? Looking For Specialist Solicitors? Call Us On FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 For FREE Initial Phone Advice.

        Use a Specialist Enfranchisement Lawyer

        If you are going through the process of lease extension or enfranchisement, it’s important that you deal with a specialist surveyor and lawyer. Freehold enfranchisement is a complicated area of the law, and it involves specific terminology and strict deadlines.

        Most property solicitors don’t touch leasehold enfranchisement very often if at all, which is why it is so important to find true experts and also why these experts are few and far between. Remember also that your freeholder will have already made the call to get their own specialist solicitors. So don’t put yourself at a disadvantage.

        You will also have to ensure that your solicitor will have to work your surveyor to keep the process moving along slowly. Our legal team works with these people every day on lease extension and enfranchisement projects so is in the perfect position to help your enfranchisement too.

        Genuine Enfranchisement Experts

        It’s not always that easy to find a specialist freehold purchase solicitor. Here we are one of very few law firms nationwide with a team of lawyers who dedicate their entire working week to helping with leasehold extension or collective enfranchisement alone.

        You can tell we are genuine specialists – because we are the only law firm nationwide recommended for enfranchisement work by the Homeowners Alliance – the biggest organisation representing the U.K.’s home owners. Bristol Collective Enfranchisement Solicitors. Homeowners Alliance Logo

        We are members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) which is a body comprised of specialist surveyors and freehold purchase lawyers.

        But don’t just take our word for it. Click here to read about what some of our clients and the Expert Enfranchisement Valuers we work with say about us.

        Enfranchisement – Our One-Stop Shop Service

        If you wish, we are able to handle your freehold purchase from day one until completion. This includes instructing a specialist surveyor to provide an initial valuation, drafting a participation agreement (essential to keep everyone on board if you’re in a big block) and serving the enfranchisement notice all the way to negotiating a price with your freeholder, setting up your new freehold company and registering you as the new owners of the block HM Land Registry.

        And in the unlikely event that there is a dispute with your freeholder, we can even represent you at the First Tier Property Tribunal – though we are pleased to say that around 95% of our cases are sorted out without the need of any Tribunal application.

        Live in Bristol? Looking to Purchase the Freehold of Your Block? Contact Us Now

        Exercising your Right to Enfranchise is a complicated process and it’s really important to make sure you have specialist legal advice.

        Our specialist team represent clients throughout England and Wales. So if you own a flat in Bristol and you are looking at enfranchisement;

        • Call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for FREE initial phone advice and a FREE quote OR
        • Email us using the contact form below

          Birmingham Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

          Birmingham has a population of over 1.1 million people [according to 2018 figures from Birmingham City Council itself]. So, as Britain’s second city, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that there are a huge number of flats in Birmingham, many of which are owned under a long leasehold [i.e. a lease originally granted for at least 21 years] rather than rented from say the local authority or a housing association. In fact according to the 2011 Census, Birmingham had 86,595 purpose built flats – and that’s before you consider consider the tens of thousands of houses that have been converted into flats and the thousands of new builds.

          But owning a leasehold flat isn’t like owning a freehold house. You don’t have complete control over your block.. Instead, you have to pay service charges and ground rent to your freeholder – and year by year your lease gets gradually shorter. So when it expires, you end up owning precisely nothing.

          Do You Own an Apartment in Birmingham? Are You Interested in Buying The Freehold Of Your Block? For Expert FREE Initial Phone Advice, Call Us On FREEPHONE 0800 1404544

          THE ANSWER? FREEHOLD PURCHASE

          One way of avoiding these problems with a leasehold property is to join together with some of the other flat owners to buy the freehold of your block – through a process known as leasehold enfranchisement (often referred to as ‘freehold purchase’ or ‘collective enfranchisement’).

          If you live in Birmingham and are thinking of buying your freehold, you’re going to need a specialist solicitor – the specialist enfranchisement team here at Bonallack & Bishop can help.

          LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT – WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

          • Your flat will increase in value – and will become easier to sell

          • You take over management of your block

          • Block maintenance will probably become cheaper, as you organise it yourself

          • You don’t have to put up with a difficult landlord

          • You can extend your lease up to 999 years

          • No more ground rent to pay

          • Greater security – as a freeholder, normally only failure to meet your mortgage could cause eviction

          WHY A SPECIALIST ENFRANCHISEMENT SOLICITOR IS SO IMPORTANT

          You may wonder why any solicitor couldn’t handle your lease enfranchisement. After all, how difficult can it be?

          Lease enfranchisement is, in fact, a particularly complicated area of law with tight rules, strict deadlines and a number of traps for the unwary. It is an area of law that very few property solicitors will ever have dealt with – and therefore are unlikely to have sufficient understanding of the issues surrounding enfranchisement.

          Given that your freeholder is highly likely to instruct a specialist lease enfranchisement solicitor of their own, you do not want to start on an uneven footing – especially when large financial sums are at stake.

          OUR COLLECTIVE ENFRANCHISEMENT EXPERTS

          Finding an expert lease enfranchisement solicitor is difficult – the vast majority of property solicitors deal with regular conveyancing of flats and houses, with landlord and tenant issues or deal with commercial property. But not freehold purchase.

          In contrast;

          • We have a team of five who specialise in nothing but lease extension, right to manage company formation and lease enfranchisement.

          • We are the only solicitors are recommended for freehold purchase by the Homeowners Alliance, the largest organisation representing Britain’s homeowners.Birmingham Leasehold Enfranchisement. Specialist Freehold Purchase Solicitors. Homeowners Alliance logo

           • Our team liaise with specialist enfranchisement and lease extension surveyors every single day – so, if you wish, as part of our one-stop shop service, we cannot only introduce you to a specialist local surveyor, we can also instruct them on your behalf.

          • We are members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) – the only group of specialist enfranchisement surveyors and solicitors nationwide.

           • We can handle your enfranchisement from beginning to end – from obtaining the initial valuation, and serving the Enfranchisement Notice, to helping you with formation of your freehold purchase company and registering you as a new owners with HM Land Registry – and even taking your case to the First Tier Property Tribunal in the unlikely event it becomes necessary

           • Our dedicated team have helped thousands of clients with successful freehold purchase and lease extension cases over the last 25 years

          THE IMPORTANCE OF BUYING YOUR FREEHOLD WITH AT LEAST 80 YEARS LEFT ON THE LEASE

          Leaseholders seeking the right to buying the freehold of their block should be aware that it is more expensive once a lease has less than 80 years to run (the same applies if you’re thinking of extending your lease). Sometimes much more expensive.

          Why? That’s because where the lease has less than 80 years left on it, your freeholder has the right to charge an additional premium – which is known as the “marriage value”. (The marriage value is valued at half the difference between the property value before and after the leaseholders have exercised their freehold right to bu)y.

          In practical terms for most flats, this means each individual leaseholder may have to pay thousands more to participate in the freehold purchase. And that figure only increases as the lease term steadily drops.

          Marriage value also applies to lease extension – so if you’re considering the alternative of extending your lease – try to do so before that critical 80 year period.

          N.B. There is no marriage value if the unexpired portion of the lease has more than 80 years to run

          GETTING OTHER LEASEHOLDERS INVOLVED IN BUYING THE FREEHOLD

          If your leasehold enfranchisement is going to be successful, you are going to need the support of at least 50% of leaseholders of the block of flats.

          And getting half of all the leaseholders to commit, and remain committed, can be a tricky job with medium and larger sized blocks.

          However, the good news is that the freehold purchase process can be started with less than 50% of leaseholders, provided the 50% quota is eventually reached. This is an important point to bear in mind. Often leaseholders will be reluctant to get involved with the collective enfranchisement until they are sure it will go through. This “chicken and egg” situation needs tackling at the early stages of freehold purchase.

          One of the best ways of getting people committed to the project is by getting them signed up to what is known as “a participation agreement” – a legally binding contract setting out the details of the planned enfranchisement and who will be involved.

          Our specialist team can help you draft a participation agreement that suits your particular circumstances.
          Click here to read more about participation agreements.

          THINKING OF ENFRANCHISEMENT IN BIRMINGHAM? CONTACT US TODAY

          Due to the specialist nature of our service, we represent leaseholders and freeholders alike throughout England and Wales – with the vast majority of our enfranchisement cases being run by phone, email or video call.

          For FREE no strings attached initial advice and a FREE enfranchisement quote

          • Call our team free on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or

          • Fill in the email enquiry form below

            Can an Executor Extend a Lease?

            What happens to leasehold property when you die?

            If we are talking about what is known as a “long leasehold” flat or apartment (i.e. one that was granted for at least 21 years – as distinct from, say, a monthly tenancy), then on death the flat passes as part of the estate under the will of the deceased.

            NB It’s worth noting that there could be conditions on the lease with regard to ownership of the property. In particular there are an increasing number of retirement flats with conditions on who can and cannot own or even occupy the property. Retirement flats often have a minimum age requirement e.g. 55. If you inherit this type of retirement property and don’t fit the criteria, then you will need to sell the property to someone who does fit that criteria.

            Can an Executor Extend a Lease?

            Many executors are unaware of their rights to extend a leasehold on a residential flat or house, and the useful benefits this can bring. If leasehold residential property forms part of the estate in question, then, as long as the executor acts to start the application to extend the lease by serving the formal notice of claim within two years of probate being granted, they have the same rights as the living homeowner may have had. The deceased person has to have qualified for the lease extension themselves, which usually means having owned the property concerned for at least two years.

            Looking for Specialist Lease Extension Advice? Call our Solicitors on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for FREE Initial Phone Advice

            What Lease Extension Options Are Open to an Executor?

            If these conditions are met, the executor has two options. They can either go straight ahead and extend the lease [possibly by making the most of using some of the cash in the estate to pay the freeholder’s premium, surveyors fees and both sets of legal costs], or start the process with the aim of putting the property on the market.

            As long as the executor has started the process of lease extension, this can then be handed onto the person who buys the house or flat. The new purchaser therefore doesn’t have to wait for the two years needed for him to start the lease extension and saves money too.

            A property which already has a lease extension underway is worth more than one which does not, and it is more appealing to home buyers too.

            Thinking of a Leasehold Extension? Contact our Experts

            Here at Bonallack and Bishop, we have a team of specialists in both Leasehold Enfranchisement and Lease Extension – that’s all they do and  they can represent you wherever you live in England and Wales – so for  FREE initial phone advice just

            • call our specialists on 0800 1404544 for FREE initial advice or
            • fill in the enquiry form below

              Sheffield Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

              Leasehold enfranchisement, also known as ‘freehold purchase’ or ‘collective enfranchisement’ allows leaseholders to buy the freehold of their leasehold flat or apartment. If you live in Sheffield and you are interested in the enfranchisement process, our expert lease extension and lease enfranchisement solicitors can help you, increasing the value of your property and leaving you with more control over its maintenance.

              Thinking of Buying The Freehold Of Your Block In Sheffield? Need Specialist Legal Advice? Call Our Expert Team On FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 For FREE Initial Phone Advice.

              LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT – ONLY A SPECIALIST WILL DO

              Here are 3 reasons why you will need a specialist solicitor when you’re looking to enfranchise your block:

              • Lease enfranchisement is a tricky area of law. Few property solicitors have much experience or any real understanding about it.The tight deadlines and complex legislation involved make the process particularly complicated. In fact, the vast majority of property solicitors rarely if ever, come across lease extensions, let alone enfranchisement cases

              • It is almost certain that your freeholder will have instructed a specialist solicitor – so it is really important that you make sure that you get similarly specialist legal advice

              • A specialist solicitor will fully understand the whole process – and in particular be able to communicate effectively with your surveyor and any project manager choose to appoint (quite important with bigger blocks) to make the process as swift and successful as possible.

              PROVEN LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT EXPERTSSheffield leasehold enfranchisement solicitors. ALEP logo

              If you choose the team here at Bonallack & Bishop to help you enfranchise your block, you can be sure that you are instructing genuine specialists in their field. As one of the largest teams in the country, our four-strong group of lawyers are dedicated to lease extension, right to manage and enfranchisement work only – that is simply all they do.

              Over the last 25 years, thousands of leaseholders and freeholders have benefitted from our team’s experience. And we are also members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners, the only organisation of specialist enfranchisement solicitors and surveyors nationwide.

              BUT DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

              We are the only solicitors recommended for enfranchisement work by Sheffield leasehold enfranchisement solicitors. HomeOwners Alliance logothe HomeOwners Alliance – Britain’s largest organisation representing the nation’s homeowners.

              LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT IN SHEFFIELD – CONTACT US NOW

              When it comes to buying the freehold of your block, we believe it’s much more important to get a specialist than look for a local solicitor to meet face-to-face. Whilst you are more than welcome to visit us in one of our four offices, we run the vast majority of our lease extension and freehold purchase cases with clients nationwide using Zoom video, email or telephone.

              So if you own a flat or apartment in Sheffield, and want to know more about purchasing the freehold of your block (or just extending your individual lease), get in touch with our team today

              For no strings attached free initial phone advice and an idea of the costs likely to be involved in your project,,

              • email us using the enquiry form below, or
              • call one of our team on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544.

                Leeds Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

                Do live in Leeds? Do you own a leasehold flat or apartment? If so, there is a good chance Leeds Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. ALEP logothat you will be eligible to buy the freehold of your block through a process referred to as ‘leasehold’ or ‘collective enfranchisement’. You will need specialist lease enfranchisement lawyers to help you with the process – and here at Bonallack & Bishop, our dedicated team of enfranchisement and lease extension experts have all the expertise you need.

                Own a Flat in Leeds? Want To Buy The Freehold Of Your Block? For the Specialist Legal Advice Call Us On FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 For FREE Initial Phone Advice.

                MAKE SURE YOUR ENFRANCHISEMENT LAWYER IS A SPECIALIST

                When dealing with enfranchisement or lease extension, its really important that both the lawyer and surveyor you choose is a genuine specialist. Why? Because lease enfranchisement is a complicated area of law involving strict procedure and tight deadlines. Most property solicitors have little if any experience of enfranchisement, which is why you need to find genuine specialists.

                What’s more, your freeholder will almost certainly have instructed a specialist themselves, so don’t start off at a disadvantage.

                Your solicitor will also need to be able to work effectively with your surveyor and project manager to ensure that the enfranchisement process runs smoothly. Our team work with surveyors will it comes to enfranchisement and lease extension every day – so we are perfectly placed to help with your enfranchisement. And if you want us to instruct a solicitor on your behalf to value the premium you will need to pay to the freeholder to buy your freehold, we are happy to introduce you to a genuine specialists – a member of our informal enfranchisement surveyors’ panel, as part of our one-stop shop service.

                RECOGNISED LEASEHOLD ENFRANCHISEMENT EXPERTS

                Finding specialist leasehold enfranchisement solicitors is easier said than done.

                However we have a dedicated team of four enfranchisement and lease extension lawyers who spend all their time helping leaseholders extend their lease or buying the freehold of their block.

                We are also members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) – the only nationwide organisation of specialist enfranchisement solicitors and surveyors.

                And what’s more, we are the only law firm in the country to be recommended for this type of work by the highly regarded HomeOwners Alliance –  the only group in Britain to represent, champion and serve the nation’s homeowners and homebuyers.

                LIVE IN LEEDS? CALL TODAY FOR THE RIGHT LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT ADVICE

                Despite being based in the South West, our clients come from blocks throughout England and Wales – it is not necessary to see us in person.

                So if you live in Leeds, there’s no problem –  we can keep in touch with you via telephone, email and Zoom video as we do for any of our clients when helping them buy the freehold of their block – wherever they may be nationwide.

                For no strings attached FREE initial advice and a FREE quote

                • Call us today on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for FREE initial advice

                • Or email us using the contact form below – or we can arrange to ring you back when it suits you

                  Liverpool Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors

                  The population of Liverpool has grown by around 5.5% over the last 10 years, to almost half a million people. So, given that nationwide there are an estimated 1,500,000 leasehold flats, it is hardly surprising to find that there are so many flats and apartments in Liverpool – with many leaseholders wanting to gain greater control over their property by buying the freehold of their block using the leasehold enfranchisement process.

                  Genuinely specialist enfranchisement solicitors are very hard to find. But here at Bonallack & Bishop we have a 5 strong team who do nothing but enfranchisement, lease extension and right to manage company formation cases throughout England and Wales – and who can help you buy the freehold of your block.

                  Own a Flat or Apartment in Liverpool? Interested in Buying The Freehold Of Your Block? For the Specialist Legal Advice You Need, Call Us On FREEPHONE 0800 1404544

                  YOUR ENFRANCHISEMENT – YOU NEED A SPECIALIST SOLICITOR

                  Here’s why you will need to instruct a specialist solicitor to help with your lease enfranchisement:

                  • The relevant legislation is complicated and difficult to understand. There are also a number of critical deadlines which must not be missed – sadly, in our experience, a generalist property solicitor without much, if any, freehold purchase experience is simply not up to the job

                  • It’s highly likely that your freeholder knows the importance of having a specialist enfranchisement solicitor.  That means that there likely to instruct an expert solicitor themselves. You therefore need to do the same to ensure a level playing field between you.

                  • To go through a successful enfranchisement cost effectively and with minimal complication, your solicitor will need to cooperate with the surveyor and project manager. Our team liaise daily with specialist surveyors and valuers – and collective enfranchisement project managers

                  OUR ENFRANCHISEMENT EXPERTISE

                  Over the last 25 years, we have helped thousands of leaseholders throughout England and Wales benefit from lease extension and freehold purchase. And we also act regularly for freeholders – so we fully understand the whole process from both sides.

                  What’s more, we are long-standing members of the only specialist body for leaseholLiverpool Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. ALEP logod surveyors and solicitors – the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners – ALEP.

                  In addition we are the only solicitors nationwide who the highly regarded campaigning organisation, the HomeOwners Alliance, recommend for this area of work.

                  DO I NEED TO INSTRUCT SOLICITORS AT ALL?

                  No – there’s certainly no legal requirement, but like conveyancing, very few people are confident enough to take a chance on making a mistake when buying property.#

                  Does our freeholder need to offer the freehold of the block to us before trying to say elsewhere?

                  Yes – there is a clear legal requirement. Your freeholder must offer it to you, as leaseholders 1st, and the right of first refusal allows you, as the leaseholders of the building, to bid for the right to buy the freehold if the freeholder wishes to sell it.
                  Click here to read more about the Right of 1st Refusal

                  THINKING OF ENFRANCHISEMENT IN LIVERPOOL – CONTACT US NOW

                  Our service is so specialist that we regularly represent clients throughout England and Wales – with the vast majority of our collective enfranchisement cases being run by phone, email and Zoom video. In fact, it’s very rare that we meet our freehold purchase clients – and it’s never been a problem

                  So, whether you live in Liverpool or anywhere else nationwide, for FREE expert initial advice and a FREE freehold enfranchisement quote

                  • Call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or

                  • Email us using the contact form below – or we can arrange to ring you back when it suits you

                    Statutory Freehold Enfranchisement – the Importance of Deadlines

                    Solicitors Specialising in Freehold Purchase For Clients NationwideStatutory Freehold Enfranchisement. Solicitors Specialising in Freehold Purchase

                    Statutory Freehold enfranchisement – the legal process where 50% or more of the leaseholders in a  block of flats get together to buy their block’s freehold from the landlord – often seems like an interminable process with a never-ending list of forms to complete and regulations to adhere to.

                    It’s certainly true that the rules and paperwork can be daunting, but there is a strict regulatory framework with deadlines governing the whole process. These deadlines are designed to allow leaseholders to get the process completed within a reasonable period of time, while still allowing the freeholder time to manage their side of the process.

                    Need Expert Enfranchisement Advice? Call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for FREE Initial Phone Advice.

                    Freehold Enfranchisement – the difference between the informal and statutory process.

                    Just like extending your lease, when you come to buy the freehold of your block with some of your fellow leaseholders, you have two options.

                    1. An informal or voluntary enfranchisement

                    2. The formal or statutory enfranchisement process

                    There are a number of differences between the two. In short,

                    • provided you get the process right and your block is eligible for enfranchisement, then buying the freehold is your legal right. In general terms the freeholder simply cannot stop you.

                    • in contrast there is no formality to the voluntary route. no timetable, and no set procedure. You simply negotiate and agree terms with your freeholder. And the main disadvantage is that in using this process, you have absolutely no way of forcing your freeholder to complete the sale. Your freeholder is completely free to drop out at any stage, which is why we would strongly advise against any informal enfranchisement.

                    • one disadvantage of the formal route is that it does mean you need to strictly comply with the rigid the timetable and complicated procedure. Making a simple mistake can mean your application fails and have to start from the beginning again which can cause considerable delay and significantly increase costs. remember with the formal route you will have to pay not only your own legal and valuation costs but also the reasonable and legal valuation costs of your freeholder.

                    That’s why it’s so important getting a specialist solicitor with plenty of relevant experience to handle your statutory enfranchisement claim

                    Enfranchisement – the Need for Specialist Solicitors

                    As you will see below, implications of missing a deadline when it comes to formal enfranchisement can prove very expensive indeed. That’s right really important that you get a solicitor who really understands freehold purchase. Few property solicitors regularly deal with lease extensions – and far fewer ever come across enfranchisement.

                    However if you instructed leasehold team here at Bonallack and Bishop you can rest Statutory Freehold Enfranchisement Solicitors. HomeOwners Alliance logo.assured that you have experts with plenty of relevant experience covering your back. We will make sure that you meet all of the deadlines and that the correct paperwork is served in the right way, at the right time.

                    And to prove it, we are the only solicitors nationwide recommended by the HomeOwners Alliance (the leading organisation representing Britain’s 17 million homeowners) for legal advice on any aspect of lease extension, right to manage or freehold purchase.

                    Statutory Freehold Enfranchisement – Deadlines Affect Everyone

                    The legal deadlines apply to both sides in the collective enfranchisement. If the leaseholders miss a deadline when going through the freehold purchase process then the whole process will be declared abandoned by default, or the freeholder can ask the County Court to declare the process invalid.

                    If the freeholder is the one who misses the deadline then it is possible that the collective enfranchisement can be forced through at the original offer price, which gives the landlord no opportunity to negotiate or make a counter offer. given that most original offer prices tend to be on the lower side – to encourage negotiation, if the freeholder misses the deadline it can prove very expensive indeed.

                    What Happens When the Parties Can’t Agree on a Price

                    If the freeholder does respond to the initial Enfranchisement Notice and starts to negotiate on price, but then the negotiations over the freehold price reaches stalemate, then the case can then be referred to an official body called the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber ( which was previously called the LVT or Leasehold Valuation Tribunal). This option is only open during a strict four month period which starts two months from the date the Counter Notice is issued, and ends six months after it is issued. Outside of this period the case cannot be referred to the Tribunal and the whole freehold purchase may fail.

                    Statutory Freehold Enfranchisement – failure to serve a counter notice

                    After the Enfranchisement Notice is served, the freeholder has a period of two months to come back with a Counter Notice. If this doesn’t happen, then they are deemed to have accepted the initial offer. If this happens, the leaseholders who are asking for collective enfranchisement can go ahead and legally purchase their freehold at whatever price they first offered. It is for this reason that freeholders have to stick to the deadlines and get their responses submitted in time – they face financial losses if they don’t.

                    The deadlines are there to ensure that the freehold purchase goes through as smoothly as possible, and to provide protection for both side. They also give people time to complete the tasks which need to be completed. All of these deadlines should be made clear by the start and you should make sure to stick to them if you don’t want to run the risk of ending up in the County Court to hear your freehold enfranchisement has been declared abandoned.

                    Looking at Statutory Freehold Enfranchisement ? Call Our Specialists

                    Exercising your Right to Enfranchise involves a really difficult of law  – so it’s critical that you get the right expert advice. Wherever your block is situated in England Wales, our specialist team can help. For a FREE initial phone consultation from an specialist in Enfranchisement

                    • Call us today on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or
                    • email us using our contact form for FREE initial advice and a FREE quote.