We specialise in handling Missing Freeholder court applications and as a firm we have significantly developed the law and procedure in the courts.
Partner - Property Disputes
We were the first firm to apply to court and successfully retrieve funds paid into court.
Under the statutory framework (in particular the 1993 Leasehold Reform etc. Act) long residential leaseholders who typically have a flat in a building where the freeholder has been missing and untraced for several years still have the right to extend their lease by an additional 90 years.
Alternatively if they can club together with their neighbouring owners the leaseholders can also acquire the freehold itself thereby resolving issues over the marketability of their property and the future management of the building.
The process involves two separate applications (one to the County Court and one to the First Tier Tribunal) and payment of a premium into the Court Funds Office but with our experience and unique knowledge of the process can be carried out as smoothly and economically as possible.
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At MW Solicitors, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who need to extend their lease when their freeholder is missing.