Flat And Apartment Leases: Current Issues

In this course find out about flat and apartment leases and the current issues that surround them

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Course Overview

Leasehold conveyancing presents a greater level of risk for conveyancers because there are a number of issues that will always be outside the personal control of individual leaseholders.

Experienced property lecturer Stephen Desmond will provide viewers with an in-depth look at flat and apartment leases from a practitioner’s perspective and will offer practical guidance which will be invaluable for practitioners who currently advise clients in this area of conveyancing practice or who would like to do so in the future.

The key focus of this two-part presentation is on the implications of recent developments in this complex area of law and practice.

Part 1 will consider the following topics:

•         What to look out for when acting for a client purchasing an apartment off-plan

•         Developments in the law relating to fire safety in tower blocks

•         Onerous ground rents, concerns about possession proceedings for rent arrears in respect of assured tenancies   

•         Lessee Alterations: Absolute alterations covenants and mutual enforcement obligations: can/should landlord give consent under the former? Were the alterations structural?

•         Are AirBnB lets compatible with the terms of the lease? Buy to let landlords and the terms of the lease

Part 2 will consider the following topics:

•         Shared ownership leases: model leases, right of pre-emption, intended for owner-occupiers

•         Possession proceedings: the pitfalls of leaving a flat unoccupied

•         Assigning an existing lease – Notices and retentions, arrears of ground rent or service charge

•         What the 2019 Conveyancing Protocol has to say about leasehold transactions: the lease, service charges, contract bundle, leasehold tenure, advising the buyer

•         Licence to Assign Where Block Managed by a Right to Manage Company

•         Recent decisions on Lease Extensions

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinars. This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • - Be familiar with how new-build apartment purchases are different to ‘second-hand’ acquisitions
  • - Be aware of the circumstances where rent-payment covenants may prove problematic
  • - Have considered common features of shared ownership leases
  • - Understand key requirements for seeking consent from a RTM company
  • - Understand basic provisions that tend to be used in flat leases to restrict subletting and alterations
  • - Be familiar with common service charge problems, including the importance of properly advising the buyer

What is the target audience?

  • Conveyancing Law Practitioners



About Instructor - Stephen Desmond

Stephen Desmond has been delivering training for over 15 years during which time he has delivered more than 1,800 CPD events to lawyers from a variety of backgrounds. Delegates at these events have included practitioners from a variety of size of firms, ranging from sole practitioners to City Solicitors. 

Stephen is a contributing editor to Butterworths Property Law Service, published by Lexis Nexis, writing on the complex law relating to long and short leases.  He writes for the Solicitors Group on the subject of commercial property. 
He has run a university-accredited distance-learning course for aspiring paralegals in the subject of residential conveyancing.

A former practicing Solicitor with several years post-qualification experience, Stephen has represented many business and private clients, including property investors and local authorities.

Course Curriculum

Part One

  • Webinar Part One
  • Slides Part One
    11 Page

Part Two

  • Webinar Part Two
  • Slide Part Two
    10 Page


  • Current issues part one Notes
    19 Page
  • Current Issues Part Two Notes
    16 Page