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Where residential lease of a flat is over 21 years, can a tenant exercise their right to extend the lease under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993?

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Published on LexisPSL on 17/07/2017

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  • Where residential lease of a flat is over 21 years, can a tenant exercise their right to extend the lease under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993?

The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993) provides certain tenants with the ability to extend their lease once they have owned it for two years.

A claim to exercise the right to acquire a new lease of the flat is made by giving notice of the claim under LRHUDA 1993, s 42. Such a notice must be given to the landlord and to any third party to the tenant’s lease, and it may only be given by a person deemed to be a ‘qualifying tenant’ of a flat.

A tenant will be a ‘qualifying tenant’ under LRHUDA 1993, s 5 if they are a tenant of

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