All too often leaseholders don’t know what their legal rights are, and finding out can be expensive! Here are some options.
Government funded support
The government funded group for help on leasehold law is www.lease-advice.org. The ‘quango’ (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation) was formed to help inform people about the 1993 Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act and has a team of solicitors who will answer questions and make clarifications. There have been objections about its bias because although funded by the tax-payer they have held seminars for freeholders and managing agents on how best maximise revenue – even though this would be at leaseholders’ expense!
However their website has a wealth of information about leasehold law and their advisors are legally qualified. If you’re not sure how to interpret your lease, they can help with that. But they don’t take on cases. And if you’re thinking about extending your lease they have a very useful calculator that gives an approximate guide to how much it should cost. But be warned, it doesn’t factor in escalating ground rents (where the ground rent increases periodically).
If you can’t solve a problem on your own, joining forces with others can help. Post it on our Facebook page, Waltham Forest Leaseholders, or send us an email.
National Leasehold Campaign
If you have a leasehold house, an escalating ground rent, or a ddispute withe the developer of your home, you may want to join the National Leasehold Campaign Facebook group, which is the network for leaseholders affected by the new-build leasehold homes scandal.
Choosing a solicitor
We fully recommend these leading leasehold specialists who have generously provided free advice sessions to our group in the past.
Finally www.alep.org.uk was set up by solicitors to improve the quality of advice given on leasehold. Companies listed on ALEP are recognised leasehold specialists.
Help the reform effort
If you can’t solve your issue, send details to Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. They work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold Reform and the more evidence they have, the better they can make the case for reform.