Expert legal advice for your leasehold enfranchisement transaction

Leasehold purchase, or collective enfranchisement, is when a majority of leaseholders in a multiple occupancy residential property such as a block of flats or smaller conversion, join together to purchase the freehold from the landlord or freeholder. This can allow freeholders to extend the existing lease to 999 years at low cost, or to give them the freedom to manage the development themselves.

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How can Sweeney Miller Law help?

Enfranchisement is a highly complex and challenging process, so it is important to get early advice from specialist property professionals who can guide you on your rights, options and the best course of action for a successful outcome.

Our expert team of property solicitors has a wide range of experience in advising leaseholders on the common leasehold enfranchisement issues which may arise including:

  • Collective enfranchisement (where the majority of tenants purchase the freehold together)

  • Lease extensions for flats and houses

  • Individually purchasing the freehold

  • Applying for the ‘right to manage’ your building

  • Rights of first refusal

  • Missing or deceased freeholders

  • Management issues

  • Purchasing the freehold of a leasehold house

  • Residents’ associations

Whilst we always aim to resolve issues in an amicable, non-confrontational manner, if there is no alternative but to go to Court, we will represent you robustly and protect your interests.

We can also advise on complications such as parking spaces and communal areas and will liaise with our specialist commercial and dispute resolution colleagues for any particularly complex cases.

To speak to a member of our specialist leasehold team, call us on 0345 900 5401, email or use our contact form.

Enfranchisement FAQs

A property is eligible for collective enfranchisement when:

  • It contains two or more flats

  • At least two-thirds of the flats in the property are owned by qualifying tenants (leaseholders with at least 21 years left on their lease)

  • The freeholder/landlord, or one of their close relatives, do not live in the property or development

  • At least 50% of qualifying leaseholders opt to purchase the freehold