At Boyes Turner we cover the full spectrum of enfranchisement claims and lease extension work – each type of claim has its own challenges, and we are here to guide you through the process. Our lawyers have the experience and knowledge to be able to progress the full spectrum of enfranchisement claims and are often able to conduct difficult negotiations without resorting to litigation. Where litigation is required, we can call upon our property litigation experts.
For an initial, no cost assessment of your case, please contact us. We are members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).
We offer expert advice on:
- Enfranchisement and lease extensions on flats and houses
- Collective enfranchisement for both freeholders and leaseholders
- Right to manage
- Right of first refusal
- Service charges and service charge disputes
- Breaches of covenant
- First-tier Tribunal applications
- Expert witness reports
‘Collective enfranchisement’ is the name given to the process of a number of leaseholders of a block of flats coming together to collectively purchase their freehold.
It is a highly technical and specialised legal process through which we can guide you step-by-step. Our team consists of specialist enfranchisement solicitors drawn from our real estate and property litigation teams who advise both landlords and tenants in London and across the UK.
The legal requirements and also the benefits of collective enfranchisement, together with a broad guide to the process, is set out here.
How we can help you buy your freehold
Our service includes:
- Initial advice about whether your building qualifies for collective enfranchisement
- Checking and reporting on the legal title to assist your surveyor
- Helping you with valuation advice in the early stages of the collective enfranchisement application
- Advice regarding drafting, a “Participation Agreement” setting out how the collective enfranchisement costs will be borne amongst the participants
- Drafting and serving the necessary statutory notices
- Referring, where necessary, any dispute about value to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)
- Advising in relation to the ownership and use of any relevant basement/roofspace/commercial premises
Alongside our legal expertise, we can offer plenty of practical guidance and the assistance needed to ensure that your claim does not lose momentum (which is often challenging when coordinating a group of leaseholders, large or small).
If you have a leasehold property and your lease is not 999 years then there is a good chance that you can legally apply to your freeholder to extend your lease, adding value to your property.
Under the 1993 Act, qualifying tenants also have the right to extend their lease by 90 years, paying no further ground rent.
We provide specialist legal advice for flat leaseholders and freeholders in connection with claims for Lease extensions.
We can also help you if you are a prospective purchaser of a property that has a short lease. If you are thinking of buying a leasehold property which has a short term, then you should always consider whether to extend, particularly if you require a mortgage.
For more information about the process involved please see our Guide to Lease Extensions.
Right to Manage (RTM) is a process which gives leaseholders the ability to take over the management of their block by setting up a RTM company that allows them to confront historic leaseholder disputes. We can guide you through the process and help you take back control of your leasehold property. From securing the necessary leaseholder support for the RTM, through to setting up the company, educating directors on their responsibilities and helping you to sort through leaseholder disputes with the previous managing agents, we are here to assist you each step of the way.
More information about RTM and the process involved can be found here.
“We would have been lost without the expert professional guidance from the Boyes Turner Enfranchisement Team, steering us through the complex processes and on hand for advice at every turn. We really appreciated their calm and pragmatic ability to get this over the line”
– Client (large Collective Enfranchisement project of 115 flats in Whitechapel, 2018)
“Quick turnaround, great guidance, excellent communication”
– Client (Lease Extension, 2021)
“We have a fantastic ongoing relationship with the Boyes Turner Enfranchisement Team. They answer all our queries promptly and are always on hand to give us day-to-day practical and helpful advice in the way we manage our property”
– Client (Block Management, 2019)
“Thank you to Boyes Turner for the speedy way this extension was done during lockdown earlier this year”
– Client (Lease Extension, 2020)