Leasehold Enfranchisement

We have a dedicated team acting for flat owners and freeholders in connection with lease extensions, buying freeholds of houses and blocks of flats and seeking the right to manage.
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Leasehold Enfranchisement

The process of extending your lease or buying the freehold of houses or blocks of flats, the latter known as “collective enfranchisement”, can be full of pitfalls for the unwary and often has tight deadlines to meet.

Seddons has extensive experience in this specialist area of the law, providing practical and commercial advice to freeholders and flat owners. 

Our dedicated team is headed by a leading practitioner, John Midgley, who was instrumental in pioneering the Leasehold Reform Amendment Act 2014 and continues to work with parliamentarians on issues within the leasehold sector. John is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). 

The team acts for both landlords and leaseholders in leasehold enfranchisement work.

We guide clients from start to finish through every aspect of the process and have significant expertise in taking claims through to Tribunal. We have been involved in a number of landmark and high value cases.

Whilst acting for freeholders and leaseholders with different needs and with varying types of property, the team has wide experience in dealing with claims across the major London estates (such as the Grosvenor, Portman, Cadogan and Howard de Walden Estates) – as well as on the Crown Estate, which is not technically subject to the leasehold reform legislation, but acts in a similar way to it.

We also advise clients on a wide range of matters, including their:

  • Rights when the freeholder is missing and/or failing to comply with their obligations under the lease
  • Right to manage claims for blocks of flats
  • Rights of first refusal in the event that a freeholder is disposing its interest.

What people rely on us for

  • Buying and Selling Freeholds
  • Collective Enfranchisement
  • Extending leases
  • Crown Estate freehold purchases/ lease extensions
  • Right to Manage
  • Rights of First Refusal
  • Absent landlords


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A Landlord's Guide to Lease Extensions


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