Your starting point should be the text of The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 which can be found on the website.

The Act itself is quite vast even when it is broken down into chapters, so if the full body of Government text is too heavy going, the following may be of assistance:


Direct Gov

Whilst the site itself covers a huge range of public information advice, the section on lease extensions is a very straight forward and no nonsense guide for lessees looking to extend their lease. There is also a simplified leasehold calculator where all you have to do is enter the estimated value of your flat, the ground rent and the number of years remaining on the lease and you will be provided with a rough estimate of the cost to extend your lease.

The Leasehold Advisory Service

This is a Non Departmental Public Body funded by the Government and provides a range of advice suitable for both public and professional interests. The ‘Advice Guides’ section is typically a good starting point if you are new to the concept of lease extension or freehold enfranchisement. The ‘LVT Decisions’ section has up to date publications of LVT Tribunal decisions and is a very useful source for surveyors and other professionals alike.

Useful Books

Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement: Provides a detailed guidance on the whole of the leasehold process as well as discussions on recent case law. More useful for the individual with a good understanding.

RICS – Leasehold Enfranchisement Explained: Written in an accessible and logical format the book also provides sample forms, flow charts, check lists and various sample calculations.

Understanding Leasehold Enfranchisement: This provides a detailed introduction to the legal and valuation aspects of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and the “right to buy” provisions in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.