Collective Enfranchisement: Avoiding and Resolving the Problems

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Speaker(s): Sarah Thompson-Copsey
CPD Time: 1.5 hours
Duration: 1 hour
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In light of the recent changes designed to simplify the making of a collective enfranchisement under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, this timely on-line video guides you through the qualification and procedure for such a claim, focussing on some of the trickier, practical problem areas

  • Objecting to the claim – tenants’ eligibility, form of notice
  • Signature – the changes in the Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Act 2014
  • Leasebacks – how to claim as a landlord, how to value the property as a tenant
  • Understanding & handling the importance of the timetable to avoid ‘deemed withdrawal’ of the tenants’ claim

Learning Objectives

On completion of this video you should have an:

  • Understanding and working knowledge of the potentially onerous impact of the strict timetable on a tenants’ claim for collective enfranchisement
  • Appreciation of the importance and impact of a potential leaseback on both landlord and tenants
  • Understanding of the amendments wrought by the Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Act 2014
  • Increased awareness of the impact of mistakes in notices served during a collective enfranchisement claim; how to avoid them and how to resolve them



Sarah Thompson-Copsey is a former property litigation partner at the City law firm now known as Dentons, handling all types of commercial property problems, but with an emphasis on avoiding & resolving commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Sarah now works as a freelance lecturer, trainer and author and lectures & writes regularly on commercial property topics, as well as providing independent auditing and consulting services for law firms.

Sarah is co-author of Tenants’ Pre-emption Rights: A landlord’s guide to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (Jordans) and Mixed Use and Residential Tenants’ Rights: The Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and Leasehold Enfranchisement, (Elsevier 2009). She is also on the property consultation board of Practical Law Company and a site editor for the Property Law website at


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