When is a house not a house…?

The word “enfranchisement” is used in many contexts. Generally, it refers either to the acquisition of a freehold or an extension to the term of a long lease. Some enfranchisement relates to individual tenants. Another type is collective, involving a consortium of tenants.

important rights, namely to purchase the freehold of that house; and in the alternative, to the grant of a new lease for the remainder of the existing term of the tenant’s lease plus an additional 50 years.

Note that enfranchisement claims in respect of flats are governed by separate legislation, namely the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993…

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