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Monday, November 12, 2018 Mark Chick Guest Contributors

With the current press interest surrounding the issues of ground rent, Leasehold Life is very pleased to publish this timely article from Mark Chick, property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. Mark is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

Here Mark explains what ground rent is for and why it is so popular with landlords.

Put very simply a ground rent is a sum of money payable under a lease to the landlo...

Monday, November 12, 2018 Mark Chick Guest Contributors

Leasehold Life is very pleased to publish this exclusive from Mark Chick, property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. Mark is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

Here Mark addresses a lot of ‘consumer concerns’ arising when people want to buy a short lease flat and then need to serve notice.

So, you have found the dream flat and made your offer and it has been accepted – and then, someone starts mentio...

Monday, November 12, 2018 Mark Chick Guest Contributors

Mark Chick is a property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. He is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) Here, Mark has written an exclusive for Leasehold Life where he focuses on a key element of the valuation calculation used to work out the cost of extending a lease or purchasing the freehold, that of deferment rate.

Part of the valuation calculation to work out what the premium to extend your lease or ...

Monday, September 17, 2018 Mark Chick Guest Contributors

Mark Chick is a property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. He is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). Here, Mark has written a follow-on article to some background content that he provided to the Guardian on the 8th May 2014, explaining what happens next where a flat originally held on a long lease (99 or 125 years) is running down to the point where it will ‘expire’ – i.e. simply run out.

If both the...

Monday, November 12, 2018 Shamin Kashem Guest Contributors

The following article from guest contributor Shamin Kashem, Solicitor at award winning HPLP, highlights the situation that some leaseholders find themselves in when they want to buy the freehold but the freeholder owns and lives in one of the other flats in the block. 

Different scenarios will be illustrated by starting off on the basis that the flat owner would not qualify because of the “resident landlord exemption” which is set out in s10 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Developme...

Monday, November 12, 2018 Katie Cohen Guest Contributors

Katie Cohen is a Partner at Child & Child as well a a full member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

For this article, Katie focuses on how leaseholders can acquire the freehold from a bankrupt freeholder.

A bankrupt individual is someone who has been adjudged by an order of the court as being unable to pay their debts. An individual who believes they are insolvent may petition the Court for their own bankruptcy or a creditor may issue a bankruptcy petitio...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Sharon Crossland AIRPM Leaseholders: Service Charges

If a freeholder can’t (for any reason) send out a demand for payment within 18 months of a cost being ‘incurred’ they can send a ‘Special Notice’ under s20b of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (limitation of service charges: time limit on making demands) instead of a demand for payment. This is known as the ’18 month rule’ because when prepared properly and sent within 18 months, it is the only time a landlord can demand payment later than 18 months. This to make sure that they do not receive...