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We are recognized by our peers as leading experts in the field of enfranchisement and have opened the annual conference at the Law Society for the last three years. We have written working papers on deferment rates and relativity and have been at the forefront at challenging the status quo. Many of our clients prefer a more pragmatic approach and only about 3%-5% of our cases ever go before a Tribunal.

If you have owned the Property for two years and the lease was originally granted for a term of over 21 years you should qualify to buy the freehold (if you are a purchaser the owner may be able to serve Notice and assign the right to you upon completion).

The Steps

Step 1
Appoint us to give advice on the cost of buying the freehold. Our report will contain our opinion on the likely price of the freehold and the amount we would start negotiations.

Step 2
If you decide to proceed appoint a specialist solicitor to serve the Notice of Claim. Once the Notice of Claim is served you must pay a deposit and you also become liable for the ‘reasonable’ valuation and legal fees of the Freeholder. The date the Claim is admitted is the valuation date and effectively ‘stops the clock’.

Step 3
The Freeholder will serve a counter Notice and there will be a period of negotiation. If agreement cannot be reached a protective application can be made to the Tribunal for determination.

Step 4
The price is agreed and solicitors agree to the terms of the transfer and a completion date is set.

The price of the freehold is calculated by capitalizing out the ground rent to a lump sum, discounting the reversionary interest and if the lease is under 80 years calculating the marriage value.

The Government sponsors Lease and this has an enormous amount of useful information, see