Collective Enfranchisement Services

Exercising your legal right to purchase the Freehold of a block of flats

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All-inclusive professional services

Legal and Valuation services are required in successfully bringing a Collecive Enfranchisement claim.

We have saved you the trouble of tracking down the right specialists by presenting a combined team that work in synchronicity.

The services presented include those of both an experienced Solicitor as well as Chartered Surveyor.

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Proven and reliable expertise

The subject of Freehold Acquisitions can be quite complex and a risky endeavour for the uninitiated.

The legislation sets out intricate requirements and deadlines carrying consequences which can be severe; these pitfalls  can easily catch out those unaccustomed to dealing with such work.

We are proud to present award-winning Solicitors and Surveyors to represent and guide you in your claim.

Our experts are accredited by the following organisations:-

But you do not have to take our word for it, feel free to read client testimonials.

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Transparency of costs

We are proud to present fixed fee prices for Collective Enfranchisement Services which are dependent on the size of the Freehold block being claimed (the number of flats); included within this are both your Solicitors services as well as your Surveyor's inspection and valuation report*.

Many practitioners will require that you agree to an hourly rate spend with vague information about how many hours this will involve, but not us.

*For our presented services, we showcase full transparency for your costs.  Although there are can be rare circumstances, such as a dispute arising between you and your Landlord that can unavoidably lead to extra work involved,  in the vast majority of cases, this will not be relevant. We can also provide you with detailed information as well, for any extra costs to cover those unusual situations.

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Ease of use and  efficiency

Supported by modern, state-of-the-art systems and infrastructure, our experts endeavour to make the experience as pain free as possible.

This is particularly importing in cases such as these where groups of individuals all need to provide certain information and sign various documents. Our systems make this as hassle free as possible.

We are approachable and friendly. But we also understand that our clients lead busy lives and so all our processes can be carried out remotely and it is likely that you will never need to visit anybody in person throughout the process unless you want to.

Furthermore, signings of documents can also bed done remotely with ease, and we pride ourselves with being flexible to be able to meet your own circumstances.

Why buy the Freehold?

  • You can extend your leases to 999 years in length without paying an additional purchase price

  • You will have control of the development of your building and surrounding estate

  • If your Freeholder is in control of the management functions under your lease, you will take over these when buying the Freehold.

  • Your leasehold property will be more marketable with being able to advertise the sale of the Flat to be sold "with share of Freehold".

  • All the above has the effect of increasing the value of your leasehold property

How is it achieved?

The law entitles at least 50% of leasehold owners to form a group who can then force the sale of the Freehold to them at a price that is set by an equation contained in the law.

So provided that you have sufficient support with your neighbours you can make this claim.
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Benefits of Purchasing the Freehold using
the Statutory Process

Immediately put a stop to the lease length falling shorter and thereby increasing the value of the Freehold purchase price.

Gain control of the future of the Freehold block (put a stop to additional developments, or start your own)

Be in control of management of your block. Have a greater say in approvals such as Alterations to the flats

Increase the value of your leasehold flats and since costs are split between the participants, doing so is  economical

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at your fingertips

You will need a Solicitor and a Chartered Surveyor to assist you in not only achieving the Freehold Purchase, but also making sure you get the best possible outcome.
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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost?

There are certain categories of costs for a Collective Enfranchisement:-

The Premium, your Landlord's Legal and Valuation Costs, and Your Own Costs. We explain each as follows:-

  • The Premium - This is the Freehold price that you must pay your Landlord in exchange for the Freehold. The law determines how this sum is calculation, using a formula that accounts for how short the leases are within the building, amongst other factors.  This is likely to be the most significant sum compared to the others. You will need a Surveyor to advise you on this to get an estimate that should help you prepare.

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  • The Landlord's Legal and Valuation costs -  The law requires that you must pay the Landlord's costs involved. However under the law these are regulated both on what type of costs that they can be, as well as the quantum of these costs. You will not be able to discover this element before you make your claim, however, you can achieve a rough estimate of the likely costs by referring to your own Legal and Valuation costs.

 

  • Your own Legal and Valuation costs - these are the services that we present to you. This sum is offered at competitive fixed price which can be quoted upon request. This price is all encompassing for the vast majority of enfranchisement claims.   If your matter requires additional work, such as in the unlikely situation that you must apply the First-tier Tribunal, on account of a dispute, then we can provide a breakdown of those optional extras. Please get in touch for more info

How do I contact my fellow leaseholders to get their involvement?

Knocking on doors or attending residents meetings is a good way. You can even send out letters to each of them to explore the level of interest. We have prepared a draft letter to help, which you can find at the top of this page. However sometimes getting in contact with your neighbours can be difficult as some owners may be subletting and are therefore an in person meeting is not viable. In such cases, you have two options:

1) the Land Registry keeps correspondence information for ever leaseholder, and such information can be obtained by ordering the a copy of the property register directly from HM Land Registry

2) you could try to obtain this information from the managing agent, although they may not be inclined to give this due to data protection law. Providing that they feel you buying the freehold, they may agree to send correspondence on your behalf though, however, this depends on whether it is either for or against their interests in doing so.

What if I want to sell during the process?

We advise all our clients to agree a "Participation Agreement" as one of the first steps, a basic version of this agreement is included within our services at no extra charge.

This kind of agreement creates obligations for the leaseholders to pay the various sums required on demand.

It also contains a contingency in the case of sales. The contract can require that the outgoing leaseholder must procure the participation of the incoming leaseholder via an assignment process, so that this does not interfere with the successful completion of the Freehold purchase

When do I need to pay?

In terms of our services, we ask our clients to jointly pay a singular deposit sum which varies depending on the size of the block and the rest of the money will typically be sue  on Completion of the Freehold Purchase transaction.

How long does it take?

A Collective Enfranchisement claim takes approximately six months to complete, but this is highly variable on how negotiations unfold which is different in every case.

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