Leasehold Property Solicitors

You might experience a range of different disputes with the landlord or freeholder – or you might not even know who the freeholder is at all. Problems can also arise when there is uncertainty over how much ground rent is owed, or when attempting to sell or remortgage a leasehold property with a short amount of time remaining on the lease.

To speak to our leasehold property solicitors about any of these problems or any other questions or concerns you might have about legal issues relating to leasehold residential properties, fill in the enquiry form on this page or call our residential property solicitors in Sheffield, Leeds and York on 0333 323 5292.

Leasehold Property Explained

When you buy a leasehold property, you own the building but not the land it is built on – that is owned by the freeholder and leased to you for a specified period of time, usually for a small amount of ground rent.

In the case of leasehold houses, this can be a very long lease, sometimes up to 999 years, and the ground rent is often a token amount or may not have increased in a century or more.

More recently, modern flats and apartments are often sold as leasehold properties, with ground rent to cover the upkeep of the communal areas. These leases may be more like 99 years long and the ground rent higher to account for real-world maintenance costs.

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To contact our leasehold property solicitors in York, Leeds and Sheffield just fill in the form on this page or give us a call for an immediate response. We welcome all enquiries, even if you’re not sure you need a residential property solicitor for the particular problem you’re facing.

To Sarah, Keeley and the Lupton Fawcett team: 'Thank you so much for all your time and effort with helping us buy our home, especially during these tough times. You guys are amazing'

Anna and Tom Russell

Thank you once again for all your outstanding work . It’s always a pleasurable experience whenever we work with you guys :)


Catherine and the team who carried out the conveyancing were excellent. Prompt, efficient and approachable are all words to describe how I felt.



Sarah, thank you for putting my faith back in solicitors! I will certainly be using you for any future needs and recommending you at Luptons without hesitation.

Kelly Mills

Ms Richardson was very thorough and efficient in all her work for us and stood firm when the seller tried to push her into completion before all the documentation was in place. She kept us fully informed of progress throughout our sale and purchase.

Professional, friendly service with clear trustworthy advice throughout. A complicated process for the layman made straightforward and hasstle free. Very knowlegable, inspiring a great deal of confidence - strongly recommend.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy my freehold?

Our specialist team here at Lupton Fawcett can guide you through the process of buying your freehold.  We offer a no obligation initial consultation to deal with your enquiry.  Unlike most high street lawyers who do not understand this process, we have a wealth of experience in acquiring the freehold for our clients.

How do I extend the lease on a leasehold property?

A leasehold property solicitor can help you to extend the lease on a leasehold property – there is a set legal process to do this, even if the freeholder is not known or cannot be contacted. This can add value to the property and could mean the difference between being accepted or refused when remortgaging.

Can I buy a leasehold property with an absentee freeholder?

An absentee freeholder can mean it is not clear who you owe ground rent to, or if any ground rent is payable from previous years. This can be problematic but usually won’t prevent you from buying a leasehold property. Your residential property conveyancing solicitor may recommend the use of an indemnity policy to cover backdated ground rent costs.

I’m buying a property. Is it leasehold or freehold?

The estate agent should know if a property for sale is leasehold or freehold, but a good conveyancing solicitor will also do the necessary searches to check this and, if necessary, to locate the freeholder and determine the ground rent payable.

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