Portner becomes a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP)

Published on 10.04.24
Published on 10.04.24

Portner is proud to have become a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). Membership acts as a badge of assurance so that leaseholders and freeholders can be confident they are employing solicitors and other professionals with the expertise needed to handle potentially complex transactions. Senior associate Joe Genco looks at what Portner’s ALEP membership means for clients.

Residential leaseholders in England and Wales have a number of legal rights to purchase their freeholds, extend their leases and deal with issues relating to the management of their properties.

However, many leaseholders are confused by the options available to them and require specialist legal advice and other professional support to exercise their rights.

ALEP exists to ensure leaseholders and freeholders can access the services of competent solicitors and other enfranchisement professionals and works to ensure best practices within the residential leasehold sector. It is a not-for-profit association that brings together solicitors, barristers, managing agents, project managers and valuers working in the residential leasehold sector.

The law relating to lease extensions and freehold purchases (also known as collective enfranchisement) is highly technical. Portner has extensive experience acting for both landlords and tenants in these types of transactions. This includes advising tenants on voluntary and statutory lease extensions as well as groups of tenants who want to buy the freehold of their building. We also act for landlords in these transactions.

You can find out more about ALEP here.

If you have any queries in relation to lease extensions or freehold purchases, please contact Joe Genco at [email protected].

Disclaimer: The above is merely general guidance and should not be relied on as formal advice. We suggest you take professional legal advice before taking any action in relation to the issues discussed above.