Over the decades, leaseholders have been granted a large number of rights in attempts by successive Governments to make leasehold tenure more equal to that of freehold. The first of the two primary statutes that govern leasehold reform is that of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 which gave leaseholders of houses the chance to buy their freeholds, and extend their leases, a process known as enfranchisement.

Note: The 1967 Act has been amended to either extend its application, or to void the effect of loopholes upheld by the courts.

The first of the two main statutory authorities for regulating variable service charges and provide a framework for supporting tenants rights under the terms of their leases came with the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.



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