Expert advice on absent freeholder situations

Are you looking to extend your lease or buy the freehold – but can’t locate your freeholderBrady Solicitors’ expert team can help you overcome the challenges of an absent or unknown freeholder. 

Helping you extend your lease or acquire your freehold when the freeholder cannot be found or is unknown 

In many cases, where the freeholder is missing the freehold building may have fallen into disrepair and the freeholder’s covenants relating to insurance and repair will not be complied with. This could have a negative impact on the value of the flats and restrict the ability of the leaseholder to extend their lease and otherwise deal with their flat. 

Where a freeholder cannot be found or the identity of the freeholder is unknown, you may still have the right to extend your lease or acquire your freehold. 

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How do you show that your freeholder is missing? 

  • No recent ground rent demands; 
  • No reply from their last known address; 
  • No knowledge of their whereabouts from neighbours 

Brady Solicitors can help you gather information to show your freeholder is absent and successfully guide you through the court and tribunal process, to help you secure your lease extension or acquire your freehold. 

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Advantages to acquiring your freeholder where the freeholder is absent: 

  • Officially control the maintenance and management of the freehold 
  • Extend your leases 
  • Avoid the pitfalls of an absence freeholder when selling your flat 
  • Obtain refinancing for your flat 
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Take the next step

Brady Solicitors has the legal property management and lease extension expertise together with high levels of customer service to help you overcome the challenges of an absent freeholder. Get in touch so we can begin assisting you.

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Many thanks for your help, professional advice and calm nerves. I will be recommending you to anyone I know needing a good solicitor buying or selling or indeed needing a lease extension.



I am very happy with the way Brady Solicitors helped me to extend my lease. They made the process easy, clarifying the various stages, giving me advice on my options and handling them professionally.



I was very satisfied with Brady Solicitors. They were very helpful and if I did not understand things they were always there to help. I would definitely recommend them to everyone.



Brady’s has recently carried out multiple lease extensions, with mine included. These have taken place in good time, and I have been informed of the various steps of progress in a pleasant and knowledgeable manner. Many thanks.

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I have found them to be highly professional in all our dealings, but most of all knowledgeable of the minutiae of service charges and block management.

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We turned to Brady Solicitors when our existing legal team hit a brick wall. Bradys got to grips with the problem, recovered the arrears and – happily – have helped us to build better leaseholder relationships.


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For help or advice on a legal property management question contact the friendly and expert Brady Solicitors team to find out how we can help you.

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