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Residential Long Leasehold

EA Law - East Anglian Chambers Property team can assist both residential long leaseholders and landlords of leasehold flats and houses concerning disputes over service charges, management, the purchase of the freehold of blocks and houses and the extension of leases.
Residential long leasehold law is a specialist area that concerns landlords and long leaseholders of flats and houses. When disputes arise over variable service charges and administration charges matters will commonly be resolved by the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) unless the parties can reach agreement. The property law team includes members who have experience and specialist expertise in this area and can advise and represent clients effectively.

This area also includes disputes that arise where long leaseholders of houses wish to acquire the freehold reversion under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 (sometimes where the identity of their landlord is unknown) and those holding long leases of flats wish collectively to acquire their entire block under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. Some of our members have advised and represented clients at tribunal level and in the county court in relation to such matters.

Members also commonly advise leaseholders on all matters relating to their long leases, including representing clients either in the tribunal or in the courts concerning:
  • forfeiture proceedings where the landlord seeks to terminate the tenancy under section 146 of the Law of Property Act 1925
  • a tenant's rights of first refusal to purchase the freehold on certain sales by landlords under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (as amended by the Housing Act 1996)
  • tenants’ rights to appoint a manager under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 against defaulting landlords
  • the Right to Manage where leaseholders collectively wish to set up a Right to Manage company to take over the maintenance of their building under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

Please call EA Law - East Anglian Chambers now on 01473 218841 and speak to a member of our Clerking Team for further advice and assistance on residential long leasehold disputes and property law.