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Lease Extensions and Enfranchisement: Navigating the Legalities in Extended Tenancies

Lease Extensions and Enfranchisement: Navigating the Legalities in Extended Tenancies

Welcome to SQE Property Law & Land Law! As a leading solicitor firm specializing in property law, we understand the complexities and nuances involved in lease extensions and enfranchisement. In this blog post, we will guide you through the crucial legalities associated with extended tenancies, helping you navigate this intricate landscape with clarity and confidence.

What are Lease Extensions and Enfranchisement?

Lease extensions and enfranchisement are legal processes that provide leaseholders with the opportunity to extend their lease or purchase their freehold outright. These options are particularly appealing to leaseholders who wish to gain greater control over their property and potentially increase its value.

Lease Extensions:

Lease extensions offer leaseholders the chance to extend the term of their lease beyond its original expiration date. This is especially advantageous if your lease is approaching a critical point, such as reaching a low remaining term, as it can significantly enhance the value and marketability of your property.

In order to qualify for a lease extension, certain criteria must be met. The leaseholder must have held the lease for at least two years, and the lease must have been originally granted for a term exceeding 21 years. Additionally, the leaseholder must be an individual, rather than a company or other legal entity.


Enfranchisement, on the other hand, allows leaseholders to collectively purchase the freehold of their building, granting them absolute ownership and control. This can have numerous benefits, including the ability to extend leases to 999 years and remove ground rent obligations, leading to long-term financial savings.

To be eligible for enfranchisement, certain criteria must be fulfilled. The building must qualify as a “qualifying premises,” typically a residential building with at least two flats. At least half of the leaseholders must express their intention to participate in the process, and at least two-thirds of the flats in the building must be held by qualifying leaseholders.

Navigating the Legalities:

Successfully navigating the legalities of lease extensions and enfranchisement requires expert knowledge and understanding of property law. At SQE Property Law & Land Law, we possess the expertise to guide you through this complex process, ensuring that all necessary legal requirements are met, and your rights as a leaseholder are protected.

Our experienced solicitors will assist you in preparing all required documentation, including the formal notice of claim, valuation reports, and negotiation of terms with the landlord or freeholder. We will also handle any disputes that may arise, protecting your interests every step of the way.

Why Choose SQE Property Law & Land Law?

Choosing the right solicitor firm is crucial when it comes to lease extensions and enfranchisement. At SQE Property Law & Land Law, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional expertise, personalized service, and a deep understanding of the intricacies of property law. Our team of solicitors has a wealth of experience in handling lease extension and enfranchisement cases, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome.

To further support your journey, we offer comprehensive SQE 1 and SQE 2 preparation courses, equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in these challenging exams. Our courses cover all areas of property law, including lease extensions and enfranchisement, providing you with a solid foundation to build upon.

Contact SQE Property Law & Land Law today!

If you are considering a lease extension or enfranchisement, it is essential to seek expert legal advice to ensure a smooth process and protect your interests. Contact SQE Property Law & Land Law today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced solicitors.

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