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Welcome to Leasehold Life created by Sharon Crossland AIRPM, leasehold manager and Associate member of the National Landlord Association (NLA). With a combined total of 13 years personal experience of the two sectors, Leasehold Life also contains specialist contributions by top industry professionals. Summarised leasehold case law is currently provided on a quarterly basis by Solicitor David Whitney of Painsmith Solicitors.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Sharon My Story

Under s25 of the Local Government Act 1988 housing authorities are allowed to give financial help (incentives) to private landlords who offer up their properties for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They offer a number of incentives such as:

  1. The authority paying the costs of leases;
  2. Making small one-off grants (“finders’ fees”) to landlords to encourage them to let dwellings to households owed a homelessness duty;
  3. Paying rent deposits or indemnities to ensure accommodati...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Mark Hawthorn Guest Contributors

There is a market where a small group of professional landlords buy up freeholds as long-term investments. Leasehold Life is very pleased to collaborate with new guest contributor Mark Hawthorn, owner and Director of Bolton-based Landmark Investment Group where he explains this little understood market further.

There are 4 main areas of a lease where the ground rent investor can capitalise on his investment, starting with the most obvious; ground rent. The value of the freehold interest, i.e....

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Katie Cohen Guest Contributors

Katie Cohen, a former Partner at JPC Law is now a Partner at Child & Child. She has contributed to News on the Block, run a webinar for LexisNexis on the area of enfranchisement, written articles for Property Law Forum and Flat-Living and been interviewed for City AM. She has experience in acting for both landlords and tenants as well as being a full member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

This time Katie explains what having a ‘share of the freehold’ mea...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Chris Alexander Guest Contributors

Chris Alexander is a property litigation solicitor at SA Law LLP who advises landlords, tenants and managing agents on all aspects of residential landlord and tenant law. This advice includes service charge disputes, disrepair claims, forfeiture, lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, right of first refusal and the appointment of managers. Chris also writes the Leasehold Lawyer Blog giving commentary on issues in the world of residential landlord and tenant law.

‘Are these service char...

Monday, May 29, 2017 Sharon Managing Blocks of Flats

If a judgement has been made in favour of the freeholder and there has still been no payment it then becomes necessary to enforce the judgement through one of the courts, the principle enforcement methods being as follows:


When a Warrant of Execution is submitted to the court they will then instruct Bailiffs to visit the property. Where the property is a leasehold flat then the bailiffs will send a report to the freeholder or the managing agent, advising on how many...

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