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Step by step guide to buying a freehold

Are you looking to snap up the freehold of your flat? Keen to join forces with fellow residents and take back some control? We’ve got you covered with our step by step guide.

Step by step guide to buying a freehold

If you’ve bought a flat, the chances are it’s been sold to you on a leasehold basis.  However, you may be wondering if you can buy the freehold of your property and how to go about buying the freehold.

Many flat owners are happy to buy on leasehold terms. However, you may decide that you want more control over your block and, specifically, the money being spent on it. While you’ll expect to pay ground rent and service charges, sometimes these costs can rise to extortionate levels. You may find unreasonable ground rent increases in the contract from your freeholder or it may be that you and your fellow residents seem to be paying inflated costs for services to the building. In these cases, it’s not uncommon for leaseholders to look to buy the freehold of the property.

But it’s not just flats that are sold on a leasehold basis. Some new build houses are sold as leaseholds too. This can mean homeowners, with their own front door, are forced to pay pricey costs for the upkeep of green or common areas, which are open to all but maintained at the cost of nearby leasehold houses. If they enter into any informal agreements with their freeholder, they could even find themselves dealing with unfair contract clauses which leave the properties virtually unsaleable.

It’s understandable that these homeowners are looking to buy their freehold sharpish.

So, should I buy the freehold for my property?

If the property is a house then yes, you absolutely should. There is no reason for houses to be sold on a leasehold basis. Our advice would be to purchase the freehold as soon as you are eligible to (you have to have owned the leasehold for two years).

If the property is a flat, there are a few other things to consider. Buying the freehold can cost about as much as extending the lease of the property and buying the freehold of a flat is a little bit more complicated since you’ll need to get the other residents of the block involved. You’ll still have to contribute towards service charges but you’ll be able to have more say over how much the charges are.

It’s worth noting that if you have a flat and you own a share of the freehold, you still have a lease. However you should be able to extend it for free and it’ll be from a new entity that owns the freehold (which you’ll be a part of).

It can be quite complicated to exercise your right to buy the freehold, so many people simply extend their lease and carry on with their freeholder.

Want to know how much a lease extension will cost and compare it with the cost of buying the freehold?  Our partnered leasehold and freehold solicitors can give you a free estimate and advice you can rely on. Find out more and speak to them today

Steps to buying the freehold of your flat

Check you’re eligible

There are a number of requirements you’ll need to meet in order to be able to buy your freehold. For example, the building must contain at least two flats and no more than a quarter of it can be used for nonresidential purposes (so if most of the building is used as offices or occupied by retailers it won’t be an option for you.) See what criteria you’ll need to meet to buy the freehold 

Speak to your neighbours

Your first move will be to get some of your fellow residents involved. In order to buy the freehold, at least half of the flats in the building need to be up for buying it. If you’re all currently facing extortionate ground rents or your freeholder seems to always choose the most expensive option when it comes to services for the building, this may be relatively easy to do.

Find out the cost of the freehold

This is the big one. You need to find out how much this is going to cost you. It’s difficult to give an estimate as the price of freeholds vary as much as house prices do. There are some guides which claim buying your freehold should cost around the same as extending your lease by 90 years (and you can check the cost of lease extension using our leasehold extension calculator) but take this figure as a rough estimate. You’ll need to get an accurate valuation from a surveyor (and bear in mind there will be a cost for that too.) One rule of thumb is that the shorter your lease, the most expensive the freehold will be.  Good legal advice is a must.

Want to know how to buy the freehold and how much it might cost?   Our partnered leasehold and freehold solicitors can give you a free estimate and advice you can rely on. Find out more and speak to them today

Consider other costs

Remember, as with most ‘sales’ in property there will be other fees to pay. Along with the valuation costs mentioned above, you’ll have to stump up solicitor’s fees along with the legal fees and valuation costs for the freeholder (yes, you pay their costs unfortunately!)

Work out your finances
Once you know how much the freehold is going to set you back, you need to make sure you can afford it. Most mortgage lenders will extend your mortgage in order for you to buy the freehold, but it’s worth talking to a mortgage broker early on to find out if this will be possible. Get fee-free impartial advice from our award-winning mortgage partners L&C

Get a solicitor

It’s essential that you have expert advice. Freehold purchases are not something that every property solicitor will have experience in. It’s important to find one that specialises in this area. We would always recommend using a solicitor who is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). Our partnered solicitor we work with is a member of ALEP.

Want to know how to buy the freehold and how much it might cost?   Our partnered leasehold and freehold solicitors can give you a free estimate and advice you can rely on. Find out more and speak to them today

Sign a participation agreement

One of the first things you should get your solicitor to do is draw up a participation agreement for each of the flats taking part. The last thing you want is to have someone drop out at the last minute, increasing costs for everyone else or even dropping below the 50% willing participants number, needed to go ahead with the purchase. A participation agreement is essentially a contract between all leaseholders taking part in the purchase of the freehold, and outlines all matters between participants – including things like the terms for lease extensions once the freehold is acquired.

Get a professional valuation

Now’s the time to stop working to estimates and pay a professional surveyor to value the freehold. Again, it’s worth getting a surveyor with experience in this area for help on the process of buying your freehold.

Set up a company

In order to buy the freehold, one member of the group needs to take charge as the ‘nominee purchaser’ or you need to set up a company. The latter option is usually the safest and avoids any disputes or power struggles.Obviously setting up a company comes with its own responsibilities. As well as paying set-up costs, you’ll need to file company accounts on time.

Issue a tenants’ notice

We would always advise leaseholders to pursue the statutory route rather than making an informal offer when purchasing the freehold. Your solicitor will need to issue a “tenants’ notice” on the landlord effectively requesting the purchase of the freehold. The notice must be signed by all leaseholders involved in the purchase.The landlord will then serve a “notice in reply”. He should do this within two months (if the matter ends up going to court and the landlord hasn’t responded within the two month time frame it will not work in his favour). In his reply, the landlord should agree to the sale or, if he disagrees, give his reasons why.Be prepared – the landlord can ask you to pay three times the annual rent of the property a deposit.

Once the landlord has agreed to sell negotiations on price can begin.

It’s essential that the notices served on the landlord are correct. If they’re not, you may have to wait another 12 months before you can serve them again. This is why it’s so important that you use a specialist solicitor.

And if all else fails…

If you can’t agree a price or the freeholder is unwilling to sell, you can take your case to First Tier Tribunal (this must happen within six months of the date the notice in reply is served), which is the arbiter of such disputes and will decide the cost for you.

Buying the freehold of your house

Buying the freehold to your house is, in theory, more straightforward than buying for a flat, as you can act alone so you don’t need to convince anyone else it’s the right thing to do (trust us on this one, it is). That being said, you are likely to go up against a professional freeholder who will do everything in their power to stop you buying it.

As above, you’ll need to enlist the services of an experienced leasehold solicitor, get a professional valuation and make an offer via your solicitor. Always follow the statutory route. Informal agreements can backfire – for example you could end up with a freehold which is subject to lease like restrictions.

Just as with enfranchisement of flats, if you can’t agree on a figure or talks hit a dead end you can take it to the First Tier Tribunal. 

Don’t forget that if the freehold costs more than £125,000 on the property you own,  then you’ll be liable for stamp duty.

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  1. CHCH

    I am wanting to buy the freehold from the council and not use a solicitor to save cost how do I do this and what forms do I need the council have gave me a price and I have a contact there but just don’t know how to start the process

  2. StevenSteven

    I have also negotiated the price to buy freehold and have excepted Thier fees can I buy it without using a solicitor

  3. AimeeAimee

    I own a flat (one of two converted from a house). The landlord has never sent us qn invoice for the ground rent and if I ask for permission to do anything its like pulling teeth to get a reply. The other flat isn’t overly interested in buying thr lease but I am. Can I buy it off thr landlord on my own?

  4. Anthony CullinanAnthony Cullinan

    A builder has sold the final flat of 4 in our block and wants to hand over management company/ freehold to the leaseholders. We all have a share in the company.
    Is there a procedure we should be following to make sure this is done properly for example have a full survey on the whole property so we have no surprises?

  5. amy loweamy lowe

    My mother purchased the freehold to her property and has died before it has been transferred to her name. The landowner has taken her money but refused to transfer the property to her name. My solicitor has contacted his solicitor but I do not understand what the process is now or how long it is likely to take. Any advice?

  6. Jan NortonJan Norton

    I own the leasehold of two thirds of a house. Another leaseholder owns the basement.. we are both interested in buying the freehold of our property. The other leaseholder did once contact the freeholder and was put off as they were charging £250 per letter to reply. Is this legal and ethical.

  7. Myra WalkerMyra Walker

    I own a house which is freehold. I have owned the house for three years and enquired about buying the freehold as there is only around 80 years left on the lease. The freeholder doesn’t want to sell.
    How can I go about buying the freehold?
    Thank you.

  8. JunaidJunaid

    I recently enquired to Taylor Wimpey regarding buying the freehold. They informed me that it was sold some time ago, which I was not informed of. The company who collect the money whom I contacted and now they won’t tell me who the company who owns the freehold. I’ve spoken to solicitors who said that even if I did contact the new company they could charge me a significant amount.

  9. Jeremy BrookJeremy Brook

    I own 65% of my shared ownership property. Am I able to buy the freehold or do I have to purchase all of the property first?

  10. Bryan stephensonBryan stephenson

    Mornng I have got a quote of £650 to purchase the freehold of my house, I have been advised to contact a solicitor can you give me an estimate of your cost please

  11. LyndaLynda

    I own a bungalow but pay ground rent of £6.60 a year , there is 915 yrs left on lease, I want to buy the lease, how do I go about it, thanks

  12. Carolyn lineyCarolyn liney

    We own a flat we want to sell but have found out now we have have NO freehold landlord they dissolved the company in 2016 with no notice to any of us
    We need to arrange to buy it
    We need to know the sort of cost this all would be kind regards Carolyn

  13. GursharanGursharan

    I bought leasehold 1 bed flat. Lease remaining is 900 years
    It’s in good rental area. Wondering if worth getting it to freehold or selling it as it has long lease left.
    Also might be interested in new mortgage inquiry. regards.

  14. Tessa LoweTessa Lowe

    I am the only owner in a house of 6 flats who did not buy a share of the freehold as I had already extended my lease.
    The new consortium of freeholders formed a Company and I now have to pay service charge to this company.
    There has been no correspondence regarding the fact the freeholder has changed.
    My lease ‘deeds’ still show the previous freeholder as my Landlord.
    Does this matter?
    Should there be some new paperwork anywhere?
    What would happen if I wished to sell my leasehold property in this case ?

  15. Mrs PlantMrs Plant

    Hi I have lived in my property for 37 years and wish to purchase the freehold, there is only 40 years left on the leasehold how do I find out if the price is reasonable. Many thanks.

  16. BrynBryn

    I have negotiated the price to buy freehold and have excepted Thier fees can I buy it without using a solicitor

  17. gary barrettgary barrett

    hello, we have lived in our property for 3 years and want to purchase the freehold, the lease has 900 years remaining and is £7 / year although this hasn’t been paid as we have an absent landlord. we do have documentation as to who the landlord was a long time ago

  18. JuliaJulia

    I am a 40% shared owner looking to staircase to 100%, however I will still be a leaseholder with the housing association retaining the freehold ( it is in the lease as ‘protected areas’ relating to the geographical location). The lease was 125 years when I bought the property in 2017). The only service charge I currently pay is buildings insurance. I can see no valid reason why the HA would retain the freehold. Can I apply to purchase the freehold or extend the lease? If they say no can I appeal legally and what would the likely outcome be? I couldn’t afford to move as I am nearing retirement age and in temporary employment ( it is not a retirement property). I will be leaving the house to my children ultimately but don’t want to leave them with a millstone around their necks. Any advice appreciated, thanks very much.

  19. Joe HardyJoe Hardy

    I have lived in my house for 44 years and it is leasehold.
    No ground rent has been requested or paid during this period. How do I make my house freehold??
    I believe it used to be 10 times the annual ground rent but as I have never paid anything how do I go about this?

  20. George laitGeorge lait

    I agreed to buy freehold with email evidence. I have a solicitor but the Freeholders do not respond is there a time limit for them? I have email trails for them agreement to sell?

  21. Chris AzizChris Aziz

    Hi, We are five leaseholders, 4 of whom want to by the freehold. One of us sent a letter to the Freeholder, a development company, asking how much it would cost. The company quoted £45,000 plus £1600 legal fees and said we must respond in two weeks. Is this deadline statutory? We need to do more research and get our own valuation etc before responding. Is the company right to do this? Thank you

  22. Barbara BirdBarbara Bird

    There is 870 years left on the leasehold of my property. No ground rent has been paid since 1943, and none claimed. I believe the house can now be claimed as freehold. Is this correct?

  23. TerryTerry

    I live in a maisonette and have just been given the opportunity to buy the freehold on the property along with the downstairs Tennant. We both own the property but not the lease which is 999 years and pay 5 pounds annually for this. They want 1000 pounds plus 200 pounds plus vat for the admin/costs for both properties the land is on. The rest of the road have been asked too. I know new legislation came in at the start of the year about being able to buy the leases – but my concern is where they get that figure from, and do I have to pay that much. Considering I have 940 year’s left on the lease and only pay 5 pounds annually. And does this then pass over all deeds etc. to us from the present landowners, so they then have nothing to do with us.

    Thank you for reading.

  24. Phil DaleyPhil Daley

    I have informed my lease hold owner (Sheffield City Council) that I wish to buy the lease hold. They keep telling me I have to formally (serve notice) inform them. It there a standard letter to do this

  25. Sarah WallisSarah Wallis

    I have had agreement to purchase the freehold on the property I live in and own. It’s a terraced house and the ground rent is only a few pounds a year.The offer is £450 including land registry fee. Do I need to use a solicitor or conveyancer to manage this or could I do it myself? I have no idea what the process would entail
    Thanks for advice

  26. AmandaAmanda


    We own a leasehold flat in a house that comprises 4 flats. 2 of the flats own the freehold with the other 2 flats as leaseholders.

    The other leaseholder and I either like to buy the freehold (but we only own 50% of the house jointly) or buy into the freehold in equal shares so that we have equal rights.

    Seeing we only hold 50% of the property jointly, is this the only way to buy into the freehold? If so, how do we go about doing this? Where do we start?

  27. LindaLinda

    I’m looking to view a property that is a leasehold.
    Can you buy the freehold when you buy the house, or do you have to wait until after buying the house ?

  28. Christine DixonChristine Dixon

    Hello I’m looking to buy a house the only thing that’s putting me off is its currently a leasehold. Can you buy the freehold when you buy the house or would you have to purchase the property then buy the freehold?

  29. Thomas TippingThomas Tipping

    Hi we purchase the Freehold to our house and it was completed on 8th April 2020.We are concerned that we have not had any documentation from our conveyancer/solicitor and been told we will get a copy of the Freehold title from them once it is registered with HMLR. 6 months on and and the Freehold has not been registered because of delays, we are told, at HMRC.
    Should we have already had legal documents, proof of title from the conveyancer/solicitor even before registration?
    Our concern is we xont have any proof of title.

  30. chelsea leggattchelsea leggatt

    Hi I need advise. We bought our home last gear being told it was freehold. We are now receiving letters stating we own ground rent to one company and rent demand from a guy who walked on the street and posted the letter through our box. We have no idea who this man is and I have requested a land regisry and its states there is a charge bt doesnt say who too. We want to buy this but dont know who to enquire with and the man that posted the worded letter from wikipedia is a possible scam

  31. Natalie FosterNatalie Foster

    My freeholder is offering to sell me the freehold to my house at a reasonable price and do all the legal work included in the price – is this too good to be true?

  32. Andy CryerAndy Cryer

    Hi. Our property has a 975 year lease left. But – we have almost lived here twi years now – and are thinking of buying. There are a few others in the street who are interested as well but a few years were quoted 7.5k by the freeholders so didnt pursue it. What steps would we need to take it and is there we could get an estimate of what it might cost? Thanks

  33. Lesley ReynoldsLesley Reynolds

    I am trying to buy the freehold of my shared ownership house, I have lived there over the 2 years.
    I tried to get an answer from the builder and HA when I brought my 60% to ensure I could buy the Freehold at a later date, they messed me about then and they are messing me about now. I have a solicitor on it contacting the builders solicitor, but they are hiding behind ‘taking clients instructions’
    I thought the government had guidelines to stop this happening and freeholds having to be transferred at no or little cost? In both price and legal costs?
    Can you help me I’m going round in circles.

  34. julian cravenjulian craven

    I live in a complex of 52 apartments, av price of 200k each. We have 105 years left on lease but will soon have to think about extension or buyout of lease. I have recently talked with a few residents and was surprised some fancied the buyout option….what do you think the cost would be and how much would that likely add to value?

  35. StuartStuart

    The freeholder of our flats recently sold his freehold interest, I’ve read in your notes that he should have first offered the option
    to buy the freeholds to the leaseholders,, this he didn’t do, is there any course of action that can be taken ?.

    • Stuart, it’s certainly worth investigating this lack of notice further as it could be a criminal offence. You may be able to require the new landlord to sell on to you on the same terms as it purchased its interest. We would suggest you speak to experienced leasehold lawyers about this – you may like to submit your query on our leasehold enfranchisement page to get a free call back from a law firm experienced in leasehold law (they deal with all leasehold issues not just lease extensions).

  36. GeddyGeddy

    Hi. I live in Northern Ireland. We are 4 apartments owners living above 2 retail units and want to buy the freehold. This line regarding eligibility: “No more than 25% of the freehold building can be used for non-residential purposes (e.g. shops/offices).” Our situation would be 33% of the building is retail.

    Does that eligibility term apply to N.I and can/how do we get around it? Currently the leaseholder is The Crown.

    Thanks in advance.

  37. LisaLisa

    I am in the process of selling my flat and have been advised that we need to offer share of the freehold to the occupants of the ground floor flat as they have been resident for over 2 years.

    we are trying to work out how much is reasonable for us to off this to them for.

    Please can you advise as to how we should work this out and how much something like this is normally sold for as we want to make sure the offer we make is reasonable.

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Hi Lisa, you might want to speak to a specialist leasehold solicitor. Our partners at Bollanack and Bishop may be able to help. You can contact them here.

  38. Steve NiblockSteve Niblock

    I have been asked by my freehold Agent if I want to purchase my property for £2.400 plus £450 legal fees. The property is worth approx £410,000 and the present lease has got 978 yrs left on it. I pay £100 per year ground rent do you think this is a fair price to purchase it?

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Dear Steve. I’m afraid we can’t offer advice as to whether that is a good price to pay. It might be worth you contacting a leasehold specialist who may also be able to advise on the process for buying the freehold or what it may cost. There is reference to one on our website

  39. MariaMaria

    Hi, we want to build a garden room in our leasehold house. We approached the freeholder company and offered to buy it for £2000. The lease is ove 940 years. They have come back with the offer of :
    Their charge in this instance will be £3,500.
    Legal fees and disbursements.
    Surveyors fees.
    Could you please advise us. We think it may be way over the price we should pay. We are quite restricted economically. It says to let our solicitor contact their solicitor which is another expense. Thanks.

  40. hamed zayerhamed zayer

    I own a house with a lease of more than 900 years. I contacted the freeholder to buy the freehold, we have agreed a price of £695 that covers any arrears. The freeholder asked for payment and he will do all the necessary work with the Land registry. My question is that, Is it safe to buy the freehold directly from the freeholder as we have both agreed on the value of the freehold or Do I need to go through a solicitor to buy the freehold as the freeholder asked for payment in advance. I will be grateful for your advice will. I look forward to hearing from you.

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Hello Hamed, we’d recommend you enlist the services of an experienced leasehold solicitor, get a professional valuation and make an offer via your solicitor. We’d always recommend you follow the statutory route. Informal agreements can backfire – for example you could end up with a freehold which is subject to lease like restrictions!

  41. SusanSusan

    I own a leasehold house. The leaseholders who are a loca firm are selling the leaseholds to a London Company but have offered to sell the leasehold to me for a fee of £1000 plus their legal fees. Their solicitor happens to be the solicitor I used when I bought the house. Should I buy the leasehold and if so should I use another solicitor or stay with the same one.

  42. Steve BattleSteve Battle

    Please could you shed some light on the following query:
    Had offer from Redrow developer to purchase freehold on house for 26 x ground rent (currently £300 per annum) = £7,800.
    Lease is 999 years from 01/01/2015 but we will not have been in the house for 2 years until Oct 2019 so I know it would have to be bought after then. The time limit on the current offer Redrow have put on us buying this by May 2020. We have heard that industry standard multiples for the freehold charges are more like 14-16 times the annual ground rent and not something like 26 that Redrow seem to think is appropriate. Do you have any advice on this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Steve Battle.

    • Marianne ColeMarianne Cole

      Thanks for the question Steven. It might be worth contacting our partners at Bollonack and Bishop who may be able to give you some advice on the reasonableness of the calculations in the cost and process of buying the freehold

  43. Philip GatterPhilip Gatter

    I was just listening to The Money Programme on Radio 4, which was discussing different ways for leaseholders. Out of curiosity I’m interested if there have been changes since 2005, when I bought my freehold with the owner of the other flat in my converted Victorian house. At the time, the contentious variable was Marriage Value – the right of the freeholder to be compensated for the loss of ground rent, plus a share of the increase in value brought about by the joining together of the leases and the freehold, It seemed to be the case that the latter was purely a matter for dispute between the buyer and seller- there were no laws specifying what the freeholder could claim the marriage value to be. At the time I bought my freehold the law changed to allow freeholders to charge more, and unfortunately, because of a delay by my agent (, I ended up paying £12,000 rather than the £8,000 quoted by them.

    Many thanks

    Philip Gatter

    • NaomiNaomi

      Hi Philip – there have been recent consultations on changing leasehold procedures – we are keeping abreast of these and will update our guidance when these are enacted. Sorry to hear of your experience of paying over the odds.

  44. Chris Jepson-BrownChris Jepson-Brown

    Dear Homeowners Alliance
    We own a leasehold house and have recently received an email from the landlord’s representatives (a company Called Freehold Managers, who we pay our ground rent to) offering us the sale of our freehold. The email gives us the cost, plus the landlord’s legal fees. We are definitely interested and it seems very simple just completing a form and sending a payment. They have asked if we intend to appoint a solicitor, but I am of the thinking, if the price is agreeable to us do we really need to appoint a solicitor? It sounds that simple, it makes me feel slightly uneasy!

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hi Chris, we would recommend that you appoint a specialist solicitor to handle the legal aspects. Do give our partners at Bonallack and Bishop a call for a free phone consultation and a free quote. Bonallack and Bishop are members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners and have 25 years of experience in leasehold extensions, handling around 350 cases a year, for both the leaseholder and the freeholder

  45. roy wakelamroy wakelam

    I need advice. A new but small development in Liverpool comprising a few freeholders but mainly leaseholders require advice re an estate management company. The area managed is small but with rising costs. For example are there rules of competition we can apply? or other means of challenge. We need an appropriate solicitor but finding one is a sheer impossibility. Help please.

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hi Roy, have you come across the Leasehold Advisory Service? You could give them a call for some advice, alternatively, please consider becoming a member of HomeOwners Alliance and we’ll do our best to advise you.

  46. roy wakelamroy wakelam

    We are freeholders on a new build estate. The majority are leasehold. The estate management company who function under benefit and burden and charge accordingly propose to acquire the equity of the ‘managed’ area. What can we do to stop this? Can we replace the management company with our own under rules of competition?

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hi Roy, have you come across the Leasehold Advisory Service? You could give them a call for some advice, alternatively, please consider becoming a member of HomeOwners Alliance and we’ll do our best to advise you.

  47. Suzanne PriceSuzanne Price


    My sister and I own an apartment together. It is one of three apartments in a house that was converted over 20 years ago. At the time we were offtered the freehold so we bought it. It’s been a good investment. Even though over the years we have been very responsible owners of the freehold we realise we need to be more professional with this responsibility and have tried getting advice of what we need to do to get our ‘house in order’ but have not had much luck.

    The advice above mentions setting up a company. Would you be able to explain a little more about this and how we would go about doing it.

    Many thanks

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hi Suzanne, and thanks for your query. If you’d like more tailored advice on this subject please consider becoming a member.

  48. kelly chapmankelly chapman

    hi could you advise me, we requested informally to buy the freehold of our house- they declined therefore what steps would we now take ? get a solicitor and surveyor ? could you advise where we go from here.


    • PaulaPaula

      Hi Kelly, You will have to go down the formal route, which isn’t a bad outcome as you will be better protected. You will need to appoint a solicitor and a surveyor. We generally recommend professionals who are members of ALEP. You can fill out this form to get a free call with a solicitor. They don’t just do lease extensions but can also help with buying a freehold. See

      Good luck and visit us again!

  49. james watfordjames watford

    The person who owns the lease on my property is willing to sell it to me for an agreed price where each party pays their own fees. Do I have to pay a solicitor £600 or more to facilitate this or is there a cheaper way?

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hi James, you can contact our partners at Bonallack and Bishop for a free quote. Bonallack and Bishop are members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners and have 25 years of experience in leasehold extensions, handling around 350 cases a year, for both the leaseholder and the freeholder. Go to


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