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"My flat has been repossessed!" was the start of a Leasehold Advice request …

By Bernie Wales / 18th July 2018 / 0 Comments

“My flat has been repossessed!” was the start of a Leasehold Advice request recently. It’s not a situation that arises every day – in fact it is quite rare. So, it immediately grabbed my interest. The poor chap in question was a Buy-To-Let Landlord who’d owned a flat in Norwich for some years. He lived in Bedford.…

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Ground Rents Update

By Bernie Wales / 10th February 2018 / 0 Comments

On 21st December 2017, I emailed my subscribers to notify them of the government’s intention to ban ground rents. This unexpected announcement by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, sent shockwaves through the freehold buying community … and raised cheers from the #leaseholdscandal brigade, who had been calling for leasehold reform…

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Bernie Wales says RTBL. Watch this video to see why.

By Bernie Wales / 21st August 2015 / 2 Comments

Hello, my name’s Bernie Wales and I’m here to give you a short video with some advice which generally would solve 99% of leasehold problems. I get people visit my website and book up 15 minute slots because they have a problem and they want advice to do with their leasehold flat, or their block…

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“Final and binding” service charge … may not be

By Bernie Wales / 27th June 2014 / 0 Comments

The case of Windermere Marina Village Ltd v Wild and others [2014] UKUT 163 [LC] was recently decided in the Upper Tribunal. It looked at a common phrase seen in residential leases, namely that “ the determination by the Landlord’s surveyor shall be final and binding”. The decision said that that wording was void under…

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Freehold Title Splitting – Where Do I Start?

By Bernie Wales / 12th May 2014 / 0 Comments

My Telephone Consultation Service tends to keep me fairly busy with all kinds of questions to do with my area of expertise.  This time the question was about how to get started down the road of freehold title splitting. Here’s what I had to say; Dear ????? Thank you for your questions about getting started down the…

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My FREE Download – Perfect if You’re Selling a Flat With a Short Lease

By Bernie Wales / 2nd May 2014 / 0 Comments

I’ve just released my latest FREE download, which I’ve written to help people faced with a specific issue that more and more have to face … selling a flat with a short lease. No-one looks back on that awful moment when their Estate Agent tells them that they have a Short Lease with anything other than gloom.…

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Leasehold Flat

By Bernie Wales / 26th February 2014 / Comments Off on The 3 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Leasehold Flat

The first seven weeks of 2014 have seen winds which make your face look like it’s skydiving, rain which must have given God the largest water bill of all time, and floods the like of which haven’t been seen since Noah’s day. It’s all been rather depressing. But in seven weeks from now, we’ll be…

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Buying the Freehold When You're on Your Own

By Bernie Wales / 12th February 2014 / 0 Comments

Here’s a question about buying the freehold of a block of three flats that’s come to light via my Telephone Consultation Service.  As with many of the questions I receive, there is a challenge that needs to be overcome, you just need to follow the correct process; Dear ?????, Thank you for your enquiry about buying the…

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Obtain Your Lease Extension Before the Costs Increase

By Bernie Wales / 3rd February 2014 / 0 Comments

I had another really interesting question via my Telephone Consultation Service, this week and I thought it would make another useful post.  Lease extension was the subject in hand and this particular individual found themselves in a situation affecting 7 flats. Here was my response; Dear ??????, It was good to talk to you this afternoon…

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Absentee Freeholder – What Can You Do?

By Bernie Wales / 27th January 2014 / 45 Comments

As you, probably know, I offer a Telephone Consultation Service, which includes the option of a quick 15 minute chat to discuss any particular leasehold issue that you may be facing.  These 15 minute calls are a great source of questions that I can answer on my blog and, therefore, help anyone facing a similar…

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