Extending your lease when the landlord is absent


If you have owned your flat for at least 2 years and would otherwise qualify for a lease extension under the 1993 Act (the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993) then you can still apply for a lease extension if your landlord is missing.

You will need to be able to show a court that you qualify for the right to extend and that (but for the fact that the freeholder cannot be found) you would be able to claim an extended lease.

If the correct grounds are made out in a claim to the County Court, then it can order that you are entitled to a lease extension of 90 years in addition to the unexpired term of your existing lease at a peppercorn (nil) ground rent.

The County Court will then direct that the matter is sent to the First Tier Tribunal of the Property Chamber (‘FTT’) for a determination of the price payable. Once this is determined the funds can be paid into court and a new lease granted and registered.

We are very familiar with this process and can assist you at each stage of the way.

The first step is to determine that the landlord is genuinely missing. If you would like to know more about our services and get a quote for your case, please contact our friendly team today at leasehold@bishopandsewell.co.uk.

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Mark Chick
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Stephen Charnock
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