Right of first refusal – expert solicitors

Are you a freeholder selling your freehold, or a leaseholder looking to acquire itIf so, you need to understand the right of first refusal – when it applies and how to meet your obligations.

Buying and selling your freehold – the Right of First Refusal 

When a freeholder wants to sell (or dispose of) its freehold, it is obliged to offer the qualifying leaseholders of the flats comprising the freehold the opportunity to acquire the freehold. This is known as the right of first refusal and arises under section 5 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. 

At Brady Solicitors we are experts in all aspects of right of first refusal matters. We are experienced in advising on a variety of developments from a small residential block through to a large mixed-use development. 

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Brady Solicitors can assist by:

  • Advising you about whether the right arises and how to comply with it
  • Assisting leaseholders who have received offer notices from a freeholder
  • Advising you on liabilities arising from previous freehold disposals
  • Providing assistance and information to you about rights and obligations generally under the legislation

The right of first refusal will not apply to the sale (or other disposal) of all freeholds and not all leaseholders will be eligible for an offer from the freeholder. However, as soon as a disposal is considered or known of, the parties should take careful legal advice to avoid non-compliance.

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If you want to find out further information about right of first refusal or section 5 notices, please get in touch and one of our experts will be happy to help.

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