Property: Leasehold Enfranchisement

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We are one of the pre-eminent firms in the specialist and complex area of leasehold enfranchisement, recognised by industry commentators for our “high level of expertise, depth of applied knowledge, excellence in client communications, and innovation in enfranchisement”.

Leasehold enfranchisement adds value to leasehold properties. Through leasehold enfranchisement, tenants who hold a lease of 21 years or more can pay to extend that lease for a further 90 years or join with their neighbours to buy the freehold of a block of flats.

Our substantial property and property litigation departments overlap to form an all-encompassing leasehold enfranchisement team handling hundreds of cases each year.

 
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Notable case references

  • Advised Lexgorge on the first leasehold enfranchisement case that went to the Supreme Court, which established a point of law - ‘What is a house?’

  • Part of the team who successfully acted for Westbrook in what is believed to be the largest ever Collective Enfranchisement claim determined by the High Court, to acquire the freehold of Dolphin Square, a central London block of 1,229 apartments

  • Brick Farm Management Ltd v Richmond Housing Partnership. We successfully acted for the claimant, the tenants in a block of flats, in a case that determined a series of important points of law concerning tenant entitlements, and certain limitations on freeholder challenges to those entitlements.

  • Acted on behalf of the defendant in Oakwood Court (Holland Park) v Daejan Properties, the first case to consider what ‘self-contained building’ meant.