What does the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) do?

The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE)  is mainly used are leaseholders who contact LEASE in a personal capacity. These are predominantly leaseholders in properties owned by private freeholders, although some are in Council or housing association owned properties LEASE provides free advice on a range of issues, including:

The Leasehold system

  • the duties and obligations of landlord and leasehold tenant

Service charges

  • Statutory consultation on proposed works and charges
  • Leaseholders’ rights to challenge unreasonable service charges
  • Applications to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal for service charge disputes

Right to service charges and leasehold information

  • Summaries of service charges, accounts and supporting information
  • Information on landlord
  • Insurance
  • General management
  • Leaseholders’ rights to inspect and audit the service charge accounts and management arrangements
  • Right to appoint a surveyor

Forfeiture and possession

  • Relative rights of the leasehold tenant and the landlord
  • Possession proceedings, the new laws

Lease Extensions

  • Right to a lease extension
  • Estimating the cost

Buying the freehold

  • Flats: the collective right to buy the freehold
  • Houses: the individual right
  • Estimating the cost

Commonhold

  • Change to the leasehold system

In addition to this it publishes and distributes advisory leaflets and lists of conveyancing and other advisors specialising in leasehold issues. LEASE does not act directly for customers or provide long-term supportive casework. It also cannot provide any direct services in surveying, valuation, legal proceedings or conveyancing, or other services usually provided by property solicitors, property solicitors or surveyors.