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Are buildings within a cathedral precinct excluded from Collective Enfranchisement claims? Is there a list or map of cathedral precincts that can be inspected online?

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Produced in partnership with Georgia Whiting of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 14/09/2016

The following Property Q&A produced in partnership with Georgia Whiting of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Are buildings within a cathedral precinct excluded from Collective Enfranchisement claims? Is there a list or map of cathedral precincts that can be inspected online?

Part I of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993) gives qualifying tenants of flats either:

  1. a collective right to buy the freehold of the block (collective enfranchisement) if the flats are contained in premises that satisfy certain conditions

  2. an individual right to a new lease expiring 90 years after the termination of an existing lease

There are several conditions that must be satisfied for the right to collective enfranchisement to arise. These relate to the building, the leases and the tenants. Of relevance to this question is the LRHUDA 1993, s 96, which provides as follows:

‘There shall be no right under Chapter I or II to acquire any interest in or lease of any property which for the purposes of the Care of Cathedrals Measure 1990 is within the precinct of a cathedral church.’

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