Covid-19 Update From The Residential Leasehold Team
The Residential Leasehold Property Department remains active and operational, continuing to provide a comprehensive and expert service, progressing existing client instructions and available to take new client instructions.
- Lease Extensions - lease length continues to be a problem for leaseholders willing to sell or re-mortgage. We are able to assist leaseholders and landlords in entering agreed lease extensions or claiming or responding to claims made on a formal/statutory basis.
- Deeds of Variation – existing lease provisions that do not lend themselves to the existing arrangement, occupation or use of the property, or do not comply with up to date mortgage lending requirements continue to be a problem for leaseholders willing to sell or re-mortgage. Further, sometimes these things are a problem/hindrance to effective management of the wider development. Finally, there are a number of leaseholders we are assisting with national house builder’s offers to vary ground rent terms. We are able to assist leaseholders and landlords in agreed deeds of variation or those where an application within the tribunal is required.
- Freehold Purchases – lease length and a lack of control of management continue to be a problem for leaseholders. We are able to assist leaseholders and landlords in agreed, open market, sales, right of first refusal offers and acceptances, and collective enfranchisement/a compulsory acquisition.
- Right to Manage – a lack of control of management is perceived as one of the unattractive features of leasehold property to a number of leasehold flat owners. We are able to assist leaseholders and landlords in advising in a specialist manner, in this complex area, and progressing a claim or responding to any claim made.
- Management and Service Charges – existing management of leasehold property and the service charges associated can and continues to lead to complex disputes between leaseholders and their landlords. We are able to assist landlords, their agents, resident’s management companies, and leaseholders in advising and assisting with any disputes in this connection. These include challenges to service charges, whether or not they are due or recoverable in accordance with the relevant legal framework, challenges to administration charges, breaches of covenants/restrictions, applications for consents associated with covenants/restrictions and applications to appoint a manager.
We have a wealth of history and experience in relation to all of the above, providing a niche recognised specialist national service. We are available to speak with clients on the telephone or by email. Further, we are available to speak with clients via Skype/similar video platform and are equipped to take instructions and progress matters entirely remotely.
We have offices in six separate locations spread across the local region and are able to conduct video conferencing with all of our clients directly even where our staff are working remotely see A Client Guide To Video Conferencing.
We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for all of our clients and we are here to support you through this as your Law firm for Life.
For more information on residential leasehold matters, contact Coles Miller Partner Matthew Lewis, 01202 355697.