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Can a Freeholder Increase Ground Rent?

Ground rent is a term familiar to many leaseholders, yet its implications can often be unclear. Understanding ground rent, especially regarding increases, is crucial for leaseholders. This article aims to clarify whether a freeholder can increase ground rent, examining legal, contractual, and practical aspects.

Key Collective Enfranchisement Regulations To Know

Understanding the ins and outs of collective enfranchisement regulations can be a game-changer for leaseholders looking to take control of their property. 

What Does Buying a Freehold Actually Mean?

Understanding the distinction between freehold and leasehold is crucial. Freehold ownership signifies absolute ownership of both the property and the land it sits on, offering various benefits and responsibilities. However, there’s also an option to collectively purchase the freehold, known as share of freehold, which presents its own set of advantages and considerations. 

Your Complete Guide To Collective Enfranchisement Costs

Collective enfranchisement is a concept that empowers leaseholders to take control of their living spaces by collectively purchasing the freehold of their building. This process not only grants leaseholders greater control over their homes but also offers various financial benefits and increased property value. 

6 Steps of the Collective Freehold Purchase Process

A collective freehold purchase, also known as collective enfranchisement, is a process where leaseholders within a building collectively acquire the freehold, gaining increased control over the management and maintenance of their property.

The King’s Speech and the Leasehold & Freehold Reform Bill

Breaking News: The King’s Speech featured a brief snippet on Leasehold Reform. We look at the implications and what leaseholders might be able to expect.

A double win for The Freehold Collective at the 2023 ERMAs

The Freehold Collective, a partnership dedicated to helping leaseholders acquire the Freehold of their building, has been awarded, for the second year running, Project Manager of the Year at the 2023 ERMAs, whilst Senior Account Manager John Henderson was Highly Commended in the Professional of the Year category.

Lease Extensions Explained: The Step-By-Step Guide

If you have a leasehold property and need to extend your existing lease, but aren’t sure how, you’re in the right place.

Can a Freeholder Develop My Roof Space?

Are you a leaseholder who has recently received a notification from the local council of a proposed development of new flats on your roof? If so, this guide is for you.

Freehold vs Share of Freehold: The Key Differences

Whether you’re a leaseholder looking to extend your lease via your collective freehold, or a share of freehold owner looking to grant a lease extension to yourself or other residents of your block, there are a few key things you need to know about the process and associated costs.

What’s the Cost of Extending a Lease on a Share of a Freehold?

Extending the lease on your home can be an intimidating and costly process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help. Whether you’re a leaseholder looking to extend your lease via your collective freehold, or a share of freehold owner looking to grant a lease extension to yourself or other residents of your […]

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Collective Enfranchisement Process

 To provide a quick refresher – if you find yourself in one of these situations: You and/or other leaseholders are dissatisfied with your landlord’s management of your residential building; or you want to exercise your rights to ownership of your property; or you wish to increase the value of your property, you might be considering […]

The Comprehensive Right to Manage Criteria

The Right to Manage (RTM) is a powerful piece of legislation, which gives you as leaseholders the power to take control of the management of your building. However, it is not guaranteed that all buildings automatically qualify for this.

Ground Rent and Service Charges Explained

At first glance, ground rent and service charges can be intimidating and confusing to try to navigate. But we’re here to share a little expertise to help you better understand what these are, how they work, and how to use them for your benefit.

Is it Worth Buying the Freehold of a Flat? The Experts Opinion

As a leasehold property owner, you may be wondering if it is worth buying the freehold of your flat. After all, owning the freehold gives you a greater sense of security and control over your property.

What is Right to Manage?

The Right to Manage (RTM) is a legal option for leaseholders (flat owners) to take control over the way their building is looked after and to decide how their money is spent. It was first introduced through the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act in 2002.

Right to Manage vs Collective Enfranchisement

Welcome to our guide on Right to Manage vs Collective Enfranchisement. Whether you’re a flat owner, tenant or landlord, this guide will help you understand the intricacies of these two important legal rights that can affect your property.

The Freehold Collective Wins Project Manager of the Year 2022

The Freehold Collective, a partnership dedicated to helping leaseholders acquire the Freehold of their building, has been recognised as the winner of a brand new award, Project Manager of the Year, at the prestigious Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards.

Leaseholder vs Freeholder: Definitions & Responsibilities Explained

The terms “freeholder” and “leaseholder” refer to the owners of both freehold and leasehold properties respectively.

Quick Questions: The Meaning of a Peppercorn Ground Rent

In The Oxford English Dictionary, the rather unique term, “peppercorn rent” is defined as “a low or minimal rent”. However, what is considered low or minimal can vary greatly. And where does the idea of a ‘peppercorn’ even come from anyway?

The Right to Manage Pros and Cons

Homeowners and property owners have the right to manage their own buildings, but what are the pros and cons? Read on to find out.

Deferment Rate: Who should care?

The deferment rate is a key factor in calculating the premium a flat owner must pay their landlord for a lease extension or a share of freehold and it is likely that the long-established approach will soon be up for review. If you are not certain if this affects you, think again. The residential property […]

Service Charges: A Summary Of Tenants Rights And Obligations

Service charges can be a contentious subject, especially if leaseholders aren’t aware of their legal rights. So, understanding what they must do, and what protection they have, in the face of paying service charges, is important for all tenants.

How To Buy Your Freehold Guide

When you first approach buying the freehold, it can seem complex. Many leaseholders who wish to purchase their freehold often wonder where they should start, and do not have the complete picture of exactly what’s involved at each stage of the process.

The Guide to Issuing a Section 20 Notice (plus free template and process)

When landlords or freehold owners want to carry out qualifying works to their freehold property, a piece of legislation must be issued that ensures the work is carried out lawfully and with leaseholder permission.

What is the Right of First Refusal when buying freehold?

When trying to buy the freehold of their building, qualifying tenants may come across something called the right of first refusal. Freehold right of first refusal applies directly to the immediate landlord, and is written into the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1987.

The 4 Hidden Problems with Share of Freehold

A share of freehold is when a flat or apartment leaseholder owns a share of the freehold of their entire building.

Everything to Know About the Meaning of Share of Freehold

When perusing property, many people come across terms like “share of the freehold” but aren’t sure exactly what a share of the freehold means.

What Does Freeholder Mean When Purchasing Property?

“Freeholder” is a word that can mean different things depending on the context. For example, freeholders are people who own freehold property and freeholders are also members of the free-holding class in Great Britain. In this blog post, we will be looking at the freeholder meaning in relation to what it means to be a […]

What are the Responsibilities of a freeholder?

Freeholders are those who own their homes or buildings, plus the land the building is situated on and airspace above it. 

Everything to Know About Buying the Freehold of a Flat

When it comes to buying the freehold of a flat, there are many things that leaseholders need to take into consideration.

Ground Rents Abolished: The Latest Government Guidance

In May 2021, the UK Government published draft legislation aimed at banning Ground Rents altogether but what exactly will change and what benefits will you see if any?

Leasehold Reform in 2021: Evolution or Revolution?

In January 2021, the UK Government issued a press release trumpeting the “biggest reforms to English property law for 40 years”. However, will leaseholders really see any benefits? If so, to what extent and when?

Freehold Directorship: What you should know

If you own a share of freehold in your residential building, you may be offered the opportunity to become a director of the freehold company. Before deciding, you should know what the role entails.

Commonhold: What’s all the Fuss About?

Talk of Commonhold is all the rage in the UK property market but beyond the hype, how will it affect you?

The Top 5 Mistakes every Enfranchisement should Avoid!

Official UK Government statistics estimate that there are over 4 million residential leasehold properties in the UK.

What To Do When your Landlord decides to Sell the Freehold

You just received a letter in the post saying that your Landlord is serving a Section 5 Notice and intends to sell the Freehold of your building, making you an offer. You know deep down that you should examine your options but where do you start, and what even is a section 5 anyway? Don’t […]

Why should I buy my freehold?

Many people know little about freehold and leasehold property, but very few fully understand the benefits of owning their own home outright. This article serves as a very brief introduction to why you should consider buying your freehold.