Basement & Vault Ownership


““Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement”.” So said former US President Theodore Roosevelt.

But who owns the basement area in your building?

This can be a vexed question in Central London. A lot of properties have basements or vaults under the footpath or roadway, the ownership of which is not immediately clear from the title. It is not uncommon for flat owners looking to buy their property’’s freehold to discover their Landlord does not in fact own the basement or vault. The question of how best to deal with this can be complicated.

Another situation where basement and vault ownership is a relevant is where property owners seek to carry out development work to enhance their property. An adapted vault can make a handy addition to the square footage of a basement flat, not to mention a great increase to value. Before any work is undertaken, the title to the property must be carefully reviewed.

We have significant experience in managing issues of this type on behalf of our clients. We can likely suggest a number of solutions to help incorporate basement and vault areas into your existing title.

How can we help?

  • By investigating and reporting on basement and vault title
  • By identifying, where flats are concerned, the ownership of any common areas between the flat and the basement or vault
  • By taking steps to obtain, with leasehold properties, the consent of the Landlord to any works of adaptation or change of use

Next step: send us a quick email with your details and we’ll contact you to see how we can help further.

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Who to contact

For more information the following lawyers will be able to help with Basement & Vault Ownership.

Mark Chick
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Chris Macartney
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Stephen Charnock
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