Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact details for people who can help you with advice on lease enfranchisement so that you can investigate the possiblity of purchasing the freehold of your leased property. You will be provided with their contact details, all within less than a second and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your situation in more detail. If you have difficulty filling in the form or if you need help, please call us on 0800 0147 453.
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What is lease enfranchisement?
Enfranchisement is the right to purchase the freehold of your leased property. If your leased property is a house, lease enfranchisement is an individual right to purchase the freehold. If your leased property is a flat, the right is to buy the freehold together with the leaseholders of the other flats. This is called ‘collective enfranchisement’ and the result is that you will own a share of the freehold together with the other leaseholders.
If you purchase the freehold you will own your home. Lease enfranchisement could also increase the value of your property and give you more control over its management, including repairs and alterations.
In order to qualify for lease enfranchisement you must be a qualifying tenant and your property must be a qualifying building. To be a qualifying tenant you must have a long lease of your property (usually one exceeding 21 years when originally granted). If your leased property is a house, your lease must cover the entire house and you must have held it for the last 2 years. If your leased property is a flat, the building must contain 2 or more flats, at least two thirds of the flats must be occupied by qualifying tenants, with no more than 25% of the building being used for non-residential purposes.
The detailed conditions for qualification, as well some important exclusions and procedural requirements, are set out in law. The relevant legislation is complex and lengthy which is why it is advisable to seek professional advice before starting the process.
For more information, please see the Directgov pages on buying the freehold of your house and buying the freehold of your flat
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