Your council lease

Purchasing the freehold from the council

A leaseholder has the right to buy the freehold title of the building from the Council. This is called ‘Collective Enfranchisement’.

The leaseholder and the building's neighbours will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. At least two-thirds of the property is sold to leaseholders and two thirds want to buy the enfranchisement.
  2. You will need to agree with each other how you want to hold the freehold and jointly make an application to buy.
  3. The leaseholders who are interested in purchasing the freehold have to follow the residency test.

Once these requirements are met the next steps will be:

  1. To serve a legal Section 13 Notice under Housing and Urban Development 1993 Act.  You can ask your solicitor to send us a formal application for enfranchisement.
  2. a valuation will be carried out by an independent chartered surveyor on each flat in the block after a Section 13 notice is received.

How much will it cost to purchase the freehold?

When purchasing the freehold from the council, you will need to pay for the following:

  • Freehold valuation
  • Your solicitor’s fee
  • Council’s legal fee
  • Council’s administration fee
  • Council’s valuer fee

Our legal, administration and valuer fees are approximately between £2,500-£3,000. This is subject to change, please ask for an estimate at the time of your application.  

We recommend you to a take specialist advice on the best option for your circumstances. 

For more information about lease extensions, see the Leasehold Advisory Service.