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Converting to commonhold

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Converting from leasehold to commonhold.

Existing leaseholders may be able to convert to commonhold. Permission must first be gained from the freeholder, and all the property owners in the building must buy the freehold (see the page on Leaseholders of flats in the section on buy or extend lease or buy freehold). Every property owner within the building must agree to convert to commonhold.[1]

The procedure for converting to commonhold is complex and can be very expensive. It is likely to be most suitable for people who live in large blocks of flats where there is also commercial property (such as offices). Occupiers who live in a small block may find it easier and cheaper to simply buy the freehold (see the page on leaseholders of flats in the section on buy or extend lease or buy freehold).

Occupiers wishing to convert to commonhold will need expert help from a solicitor.

[1] s.3(1) Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

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