My non league football club who were short of cash, sold their ground to a Housing Asssociation, Yes, not a good move, but at the time, 5 years ago they were assured by the housing association that their intention was purely altruistic.
The lease was for 50 years on a peppercorn rent, The four trustees who signed were all in their 70's, one has since died.
Around 3 years ago it was discovered that the lease was not assignable, and now as the next field has houses being built the landlord is trying to remove us.
We have engaged a solicitor for 3 years and progress has been painfully slow. we have recently received a Barristers view which says that rectification of the lease is unlikely.
We are now pursuing the solicitor who drew up the lease, who acted for both parties, gave us no advice whatsoever as to the terms, and has since been struck off for dishonesty in an unrelated case.
We have also received advice from the FA's solicitor that a possible solution would be to Bequeath the Trusteeship, by the Trustees in their wills.
Could anyone confirm that this is possible?