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Leasehold Enfranchisement: Proposed Changes, Costs & Exemptions

Blog Post No. 144

Leasehold Enfranchisement: Proposed Changes, Costs & Exemptions


Katherine Simpson is a Partner at a London law firm and recommended by Legal 500 UK for the year 2022.
Katherine is a recognised expert in the specialist field of leasehold enfranchisement, particularly renowned for her expertise in the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.

To connect with this expert, email us at and we will put you in contact with Katherine.

Today we touch upon the history of leaseholds and focus on leasehold enfranchisement, examining the proposed changes for lease extensions as outlined in the January 2020 consultation paper.

We talked with Katherine about the expenses of obtaining a lease extension or collective enfranchisement, reforms that are being suggested, and who is exempt from them.

Leasehold extension and leasehold enfranchisement are two related but distinct concepts in the context of property ownership.

Leasehold extension refers to the process of extending the length of a leasehold, giving the leaseholder more time to occupy the property. This can be done by negotiating with the freeholder or through a legal process.

Leasehold enfranchisement, on the other hand, is a broader concept that includes the option of extending a leasehold but also gives the leaseholder the right to purchase the freehold of the property, giving them full ownership rights.

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