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Writing to a freeholder with an informal offer of a lease

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Writing to a freeholder with an informal offer of a lease extension of 90 years
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: London UK
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: yes
JA: What advice did they give you?
Customer: however i would like to know the correct words to write a letter to freeholder before instructing a lawyer formally
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: no
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Property Law
Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thanks for your enquiry. If it is an informal request for a Lease extension, it doesn't have to take any specific format- most Freeholders are happy to negotiate on an informal basis. Have you made any contact with the Freeholder yet? Kind Regards Al

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have
However I wish to be precise in the wording as he wants £22k
I have had a valuation of £12500
And I am prepared to offer him £15k if we do not have to go through solicitors
If we do I wish to only off £12500
Therefore want precise legal terminology
Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.


Thanks for your reply.

Nothing is binding on either party until the Lease extension is signed if you do agree to proceed on an informal basis. However, I would suggest the following wording-

"I (name) hereby confirm that I am willing to pay £15,000 for a Lease extension of an additional 90 years at a peppercorn rent in respect of my property known as xxxx. This offer is made without prejudice and on the basis that I do not need to follow the formal procedure as set out in the

the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. I further reserve the right to withdraw this offer if the Lease extension is not completed within 3 months.


(I will leave it to you as to whether you want to specify a deadline as per the last sentence).

I hope this assists. If so, I would be grateful if you could rate my answer.

Kind Regards


Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi, can I assist you any further? Kind Regards Al

Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.


If I have helped, please don't forget to rate my answer.

Many thanks