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When purchasing property in England and Wales, it’s crucial to understand the difference between leasehold and freehold properties as this can significantly impact your ownership rights and responsibilities. In this blog, our Conveyancing Solicitors in Preston discuss what a leasehold property is, how these differ from freehold properties, and how our SRA-regulated, and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited Conveyancing Solicitors can assist with your leasehold property purchase. 

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What is a Leasehold Property? 

A leasehold property is one where you own the property for a fixed term but not the land on which it stands. The ownership of the land remains with the freeholder or landlord. Lease terms can vary greatly, often ranging from 99 to 999 years. Once the lease expires, ownership of the property reverts back to the freeholder, unless the lease is extended. 
Leasehold titles are common for flats and apartments, but it can also apply to houses. When you buy a leasehold property, you are essentially purchasing the right to live in the property for a set period as outlined in the lease agreement. However, unlike a rented property, you can then sell your remaining interest in the lease to a new buyer. 

How Leasehold Differs from Freehold 

The primary difference between leasehold and freehold properties is the ownership duration. With a freehold, you own the property and the land outright, with no time limit on your ownership. Freeholders are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their own property and land and, in some cases, the maintenance and upkeep of shared or communal areas. 
Conversely, leasehold ownership is time-limited, and leaseholders must adhere to conditions set out in the lease, which often includes paying ground rent, service charges, and administration fees to the freeholder or their managing agent. These costs can vary and may increase over time, depending on the terms of the lease. 

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Conveyancing Solicitors and Leasehold Properties 

Conveyancing solicitors play a crucial role in the sale or purchase of leasehold properties. They can help you understand: 
The length of the lease: A shorter lease can affect property value and mortgage availability. 
Ground rent: This is the fee paid to the freeholder, which can increase over time. Understanding the terms of ground rent is essential as it can affect the property’s affordability. 
Service charges and administration fees: These cover the cost of maintaining common parts of the building and grounds. It’s vital to know how much these charges are and whether they are likely to increase. 
Restrictions and permissions: The lease may have clauses that restrict certain activities or require the freeholder’s permission, such as for renovations or subletting. 
Your solicitor will review the lease terms, advise on potential fees and charges, and ensure you understand your rights and obligations as a leaseholder. Usually, our Conveyancing Solicitors in Preston request Leasehold Property Enquiry replies from your seller’s solicitor. These will be completed by the Landlord or Management Company, indicating the relevant details from the Lease in terms of costs, monthly fees, anticipated increases, insurance, and any other pertinent details. Conveyancing Solicitors also handle negotiations with the freeholder if required, such as extending the lease or purchasing the freehold, which can significantly impact your long-term rights and the property’s value. 

How MG Legal can help 

Understanding the intricacies of leasehold property ownership is essential for making informed decisions when buying or selling property. Always seek advice from a qualified conveyancing solicitor to understand and progress through the leasehold property sale and purchase process smoothly, and efficiently. To instruct our Conveyancing Solicitors in Preston, call 01772 783 314 or email

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