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Nicholas Smith
"Dear Nicholas,
It is so nice to have dealings with a straightforward and honest firm, it is so refreshing. You have shown consideration and care in my affairs."

PR.
Testimonials
Nicholas Smith
"Dear Nicholas,
It is so nice to have dealings with a straightforward and honest firm, it is so refreshing. You have shown consideration and care in my affairs."

PR.
Nicholas Smith
"Just a very quick, but nonetheless very sincere and heart-felt thanks on behalf of J and myself for your highly professional and sympathetic help in the house sale/purchase saga – you certainly saved our respective sanities on several occasions when your wise words proved to be the right course of action."
Mr T
Nicholas Smith
An outstanding week - thanks for the speed and efficiency on the two deals you've acted on. I just wish all solicitors were as proactive as you. It doesn't get much better than this.
Mr C
Nicholas Smith
Thank you very much for facilitating the sale of my house in Solva despite all the difficulties of me being in Portugal at the start, and the tardiness of the other solicitors.It is great that all is completed and I am grateful for your cheerful help.SH
Nicholas Smith
Thank you for informing C that she has successfully exchanged on Bell Cottage.Can I personally thank you for your prompt and excellent service. Your turn-around has been exemplary.As a result we will be arranging power of attorney, and any other legal work in the future, through George Ide's offices.RB
To All
You "…have been a pleasure to work with, helpful, knowledgeable, courteous, efficient and understanding. Your service has exceeded expectations".
Anonymous
To All
I really appreciate what you did for me when I had a very difficult time during the accident at work .I lost many things but you fought for me always. I am grateful to you.Many thanks to you and your office. WB

Individual enfranchisements

Although most homes owned as leaseholds are flats, houses may also be held on leases and can be subject to individual enfranchisements arranged by a residential conveyancing solicitor, such as George Ide LLP.

If all the people living in a block of flats wish to take control of their property they can buy out the freeholder in a procedure known as collective enfranchisement and similar rights are available to single owners of leases.

In order to qualify to seek an individual enfranchisement, the lessee must have a remaining lease of more than 21 years and have been the leaseholder for at least two years.

The first step to buying the freehold can be informal and simply a matter of negotiation with the landlord to make an agreement, but, more usually, a procedure set out in the Leasehold Reform Act will be followed to ensure both the interests of both owner and leaseholder are protected.

Wherever the house is situated, in Chichester, Bognor Regis or elsewhere, it will have to be valued to determine a suitable price for the leaseholder to pay and this is governed by the conditions of the original lease yet also linked to the property's market value. If a figure cannot be agreed, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal will be asked to decide on one.

Because the law regarding individual enfranchisements is quite specific and once it has begun the leaseholder will be liable to pay the freeholder's legal and other expenses, it is important for the lessee to take professional advice from a property lawyer at the earliest opportunity.

George Ide's residential conveyancing department has a team of experts with experience in dealing with all aspects of leasehold property – buying, selling, extending leases and both collective and individual enfranchisements.

For more information and guidance on costs for individual enfranchisements, contact George Ide LLP today. Either call us at our Chichester or Bognor offices or email one of our partners shown on this page.

Contact
Partner, Head of Residential Conveyancing
01243 813535

Office:

52 North Street
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1NQ
Contact
Residential Conveyancing, Matrimonial, Wills/Lasting Powers of Attorney
01243 813538

Belmont Lodge

Belmont Street
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 1LE