New York Office

Right to Manage

The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 allows leaseholders to group together to take control of the management of their blocks from the freeholder.

To win the Right to Manage, you don’t have to prove that your current landlord or management agent has done anything wrong, you just need to follow a very specific process to take over the running of the building.  This can be a minefield, but our team can help you navigate the process to a successful outcome, based on experience in other buildings.

  • At least two-thirds of the flats must be owned by way of a lease with an original term of more than 21 years. The owner does not have to live there.

  • The building must be self-contained and so must the individual flats

  • The building must have at least two flats

  • If the building has any commercial element (e.g. shops on the ground floor), this must not be more than 25% of the total floor area

  • At least 50% of the leaseholders have to be in agreement with moving to Right to Manage

  • If the building is a converted property of four or fewer flats, neither the landlord nor his/her family must occupy any of the flats as a principal residence

  • The local authority must not be the landlord of any leaseholder