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Extend lease or buy freehold: flats

This content applies to England

The rights leaseholders of flats have to buy the freehold or extend the lease on the property.

The right to extend the lease or buy the freehold of a flat is included in the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. Although the right to extend the lease is available to individuals, the right to buy the freehold is only available to groups of leaseholders acting together. This is known as collective enfranchisement.

Buying the freehold: collective enfranchisement

Leaseholders and properties that qualify for collective enfranchisement, which happens when a group of leaseholders buy the freehold to a block of flats. 

Extending the lease of a flat

The rights leaseholders of flats to extend the lease on their home. 

Practical warnings

Issues that leaseholders of flats should consider before seeking to extend the lease or buy the freehold collectively. 

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