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Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993

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1 The right to collective enfranchisement.E+W

(1)This Chapter has effect for the purpose of conferring on qualifying tenants of flats contained in premises to which this Chapter applies on the relevant date the right, exercisable subject to and in accordance with this Chapter, to have the freehold of those premises acquired on their behalf—

(a)by a person or persons appointed by them for the purpose, and

(b)at a price determined in accordance with this Chapter;

and that right is referred to in this Chapter as “the right to collective enfranchisement”.

(2)Where the right to collective enfranchisement is exercised in relation to any such premises (“the relevant premises”)—

(a)the qualifying tenants by whom the right is exercised shall be entitled, subject to and in accordance with this Chapter, to have acquired, in like manner, the freehold of any property which is not comprised in the relevant premises but to which this paragraph applies by virtue of subsection (3); and

(b)section 2 has effect with respect to the acquisition of leasehold interests to which paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1) of that section applies.

(3)Subsection (2)(a) applies to any property if F1. . . at the relevant date either—

(a)it is appurtenant property which is demised by the lease held by a qualifying tenant of a flat contained in the relevant premises; or

(b)it is property which any such tenant is entitled under the terms of the lease of his flat to use in common with the occupiers of other premises (whether those premises are contained in the relevant premises or not).

(4)The right of acquisition in respect of the freehold of any such property as is mentioned in subsection (3)(b) shall, however, be taken to be satisfied with respect to that property if, on the acquisition of the relevant premises in pursuance of this Chapter, either—

(a)there are granted by the [F2person who owns the freehold of that property]

(i)over that property, or

(ii)over any other property,

such permanent rights as will ensure that thereafter the occupier of the flat referred to in that provision has as nearly as may be the same rights as those enjoyed in relation to that property on the relevant date by the qualifying tenant under the terms of his lease; or

(b)there is acquired from the [F2person who owns the freehold of that property] the freehold of any other property over which any such permanent rights may be granted.

(5)A claim by qualifying tenants to exercise the right to collective enfranchisement may be made in relation to any premises to which this Chapter applies despite the fact that those premises are less extensive than the entirety of the premises in relation to which those tenants are entitled to exercise that right.

(6)Any right or obligation under this Chapter to acquire any interest in property shall not extend to underlying minerals in which that interest subsists if—

(a)the owner of the interest requires the minerals to be excepted, and

(b)proper provision is made for the support of the property as it is enjoyed on the relevant date.

(7)In this section—

  • appurtenant property”, in relation to a flat, means any garage, outhouse, garden, yard or appurtenances belonging to, or usually enjoyed with, the flat;

  • F1. . .

  • the relevant premises” means any such premises as are referred to in subsection (2).

(8)In this Chapter “the relevant date”, in relation to any claim to exercise the right to collective enfranchisement, means the date on which notice of the claim is given under section 13.

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F1Words in s. 1(3)(7) repealed (1.10.1996) by 1996 c. 52, ss. 107(3), 227, Sch. 19 Pt.V; S.I. 1996/2212, art. 2(2) (with saving in Sch.)

F2Words in s. 1(4) substituted (1.10.1996) by 1996 c. 52, s. 107, Sch. 10 para.2; S.I. 1996/2212, art. 2(2) (with saving in Sch.)

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