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The Ground Rent Scandal
Your questions answered..
Is my property Leasehold?
A Leasehold is a property which has been purchased without the actual land it is sat on. So this means that each year the owner must pay Ground Rent to the Land owner.

A Freehold is a property, which has been purchased with the land it is sat on. Therefore, the owner does not owe Ground Rent to anyone else.

Leasehold is a relatively new concept, which mainly affects new build property. Years ago most houses were sold with the land they were built on. In more recent times, as land is now at a premium, property developers and landowners have found a way to ensure that their land remains profitable even after building on it.
What is the basis of a Leasehold claim?
Many people who purchased a new build over the last ten or so years were not advised of the implications of purchasing a leasehold property, and they are now discovering that their ground rent is steadily increasing.

In the past, ground rent charges were as low as £1 per year. However, in recent years, property developers have taken advantage of an increasingly busy property market by charging ground rent £100 - £400 per year. 
But it doesn’t end here. Many developers insert a clause, which states that the ground rent will increase every ten years with this figure sometimes being double the amount previously charged.

This means that ground rent can increase to thousands and thousands of pounds, with the Government predicting Leaseholders could be paying a ground rent of £10,000 by 2060.

Is the Ground Rent the only problem with Leasehold properties?
Ground rent is not the only issue with leasehold properties. The homeowner is required to ask permission for permission to alter any aspect of the property, for example, building a conservatory. It’s up to the Freeholder how much they wish to charge when granting permission for such alterations. 

Freeholders can be as lenient or demanding as they want with the leaseholder. So if they wish to build a garage, the freeholder might charge them up to £3000 for permission. In some cases the freeholder will make a charge for just to replying to a request.

As you can imagine this might also create problems when the leaseholder decides to sell their home. The thought of high and increasing Ground rent may be enough to put off many buyers.

A lot of the big lenders are now carefully checking Ground Rent terms before issuing mortgages. If the terms are unreasonable then they will not lend to a buyer.

What if I purchase the freehold?
If they meet criteria, leaseholders have a legal right under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 to buy the freehold of their home.

However, in recent years there has been a huge increase in charges for freeholds, which in turn prices many property owners out of this option.

How has this been allowed to happen?
It is thought that many buyers of new build properties opted to use the services of the Conveyancer recommended by the property developer.

This is a conflict of interest as the Conveyancer is more likely to assist the developer due to the knowledge that leasehold properties could put off buyers. Is it therefore possible that the conveyance has failed to warn buyers of potential rises in Ground rent in future years.

Are you a victim of a mis-sold Leasehold?
Has your Ground Rent increased since you purchased your home?
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the above questions, you could be entitled to make a professional negligence claim against the Solicitor or Conveyancer and the property developers who mis-sold you your leasehold property.
Doubling Ground Rent Example..
A home with a typical 99 year lease and ground rent of £350 which doubles every 5 years at first appears manageable to the home buyer.

By the time the mortgage ends after 25 years the ground rent would have reached a staggering £11,200 per year!
Examples of excessive fees demanded by freeholders and managing agents
£50 to £108
Flat fee to respond to a letter
Permission to have a pet
Permission to build a conservatory
Permission to replace a door bell
Permission to build an extension
Permission to erect a fence
Who Are We..
We are a specialist team of claim experts specialising in property leasehold claims.If you think you were mis-sold a Leasehold, please contact us to see if we can we can pursue a professional negligence claim on your behalf and get the compensation which you deserve. 

We will make contact with your conveyancing solicitor and request your case file from when you purchased the property. We will assess the file to check if there was any misleading information provided to you. 
If we believe you do have a case for a claim then we will guide you through the entire process so that you can claim the compensation you deserve.

If do you choose us you can rest assured that we have your best interests at heart and we will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve. 

Here are just a few of the reasons why you can trust Lease.Claims to handle this situation on your behalf:

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