Leasehold Enfranchisement & Leasehold Reform
Building Surveying Services
Commercial Landlord & Tenant
Tel: +44(0)20 7436 2101
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lbb.org.uk
Company Profile and Directors .................. 3
Leasehold Enfranchisement ....................... 5
Valuation .................................................. 6
Building Surveying ..................................... 7
Commercial Landlord and Tenant .............. 10
Property Management ............................... 10
Other Services ........................................... 11
Inland Estates Limited t/a Langley Byers Bennett is a surveying practice formed in 1994
and located in the heart of Central London.
Selwyn Langley FRICS ACIarb Director
Tel: 020 7462 4280
Fax: 020 7462 8462
Expertise: Commercial Landlord and Tenant
Selwyn was one of the founding Directors of the business and brings a wealth of experience, having
worked as a property professional for more than 40 years. He deals predominantly with commercial
property issues, including portfolio asset management, rent reviews and lease renewal. He is also
closely involved in advising clients on a substantial Charity portfolio where he undertakes a role as
retained property adviser overseeing the management of a high worth portfolio. Selwyn also has
broad expertise in litigation, acquisitions, disposals, landlord and tenant, investment transactions
and disposals by receivers/mortgagees, as well as advising on tax structures. He continues to be
involved with general commercial property work including property management.
1960 College of Estate Management
1961-1968 Estate Agency & Property Company work
1968- 1976 Brecker Grossmith & Co
1976 Formed Langley Slater & Co
1994 Founding Director of Inland Estates Limited, now trading as LBB.
John Byers BSc MRICS Director
Tel: 020 7462 8460
Fax: 020 7631 3493
Expertise: Building Surveying
John was also one of the founding Directors of the business. He has 20 years of experience
in the property industry, working with a wide variety of clients throughout the UK. John leads
the Building Surveying team and still deals personally with pre-acquisition advice and surveys
for both residential and commercial properties. He also deals with Dilapidations advice, project
management and acts as Expert Witness in relation to property disputes.
1984 Southbank University BSc
1984 - 1986 London Borough of Enfield
1986 - 1988 Portmans
1988 – 1994 Langley Slater & Co
1994 Founding Director of Inland Estates Limited, now trading as LBB.
Justin Bennett BSc (Hons) MRICS Director
Tel: 020 7462 4282
Fax: 020 7462 4351
Expertise: Leasehold Reform and Valuation
Justin became a Director of the company in 1999. He has 12 years of experience in the property
industry, commencing his career working in property management and Commercial Landlord and
Tenant. Throughout the late 1990s he began to specialise in residential valuation and specialist
valuation, leading to a focus on Leasehold Reform including Freehold Enfranchisement and Lease
Extension advice. He still deals personally with retained commercial property clients. He currently
acts for both large portfolio clients and individual tenants in relation to these matters and acts as
Expert Witness in connection with these cases and others when required.
1994 Portsmouth University BSc (Hons)
1994 - 1997 Joined Inland Estates Limited, then trading as Langley Slater Byers
1997 Associate Director
1999 Director of Inland Estates Limited, now trading as LBB.
Lease Extension and Freehold Enfranchisement
Justin Bennett: 020 7462 4282
Since the introduction of the Commonhold and We are able to act throughout the United
Leasehold Reform Act 2002, buying residential Kingdom, but have particular expertise in
freeholds and acquiring lease extensions of Greater London and have acted against most
additional 90 years has simplified and the net of the major estates, such as the Cadogan,
is now wider than ever before. Church Commissioners, The Crown,
Grosvenor, Howard de Walden, Portman and
The Leasehold Reform Act 1967, in its various
forms, allowed tenants (or leaseholders) of
long leasehold residential property to acquire Outside of Prime Central London we tend to Act
lease extensions and acquire the freeholds of on behalf of large portfolio Clients, particularly
houses (enfranchise). to the Southern Counties, but not exclusively,
and have been called to act as joint expert in
mediation between landlords and tenants.
We aim to take a productive and efficient
approach to achieve best results for our clients
and endeavour, if at all possible, to avoid the
expense of proceeding to Leasehold Valuation
Tribunal or Lands Tribunal.
Flat Enfranchisement: South London: Leasehold
Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993
Example: House Enfranchisement: Grosvenor Estate:
Leasehold Reform Act 1967
However, we have experience in presenting
evidence at Tribunal in matters where recourse
We have specialist knowledge of all these
to litigation is unfortunately unavoidable, both
matters and Justin Bennett was the surveyor
as advocate, where cases do not warrant the
representing the tenant in the leading case of
expense of solicitors and barristers, and also as
Willingale v Globalgrange Limited  2
EGLR 55, relating to the price payable for the
acquisition of the freehold.
The Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban tenancies and now, for the first time, the
Development Act 1993 allowed for the first rules are simplified to the extent that if a
time flat owners to acquire lease extensions qualifying tenancy exists, lease extension or
and acquire the freeholds of blocks of flats enfranchisement is possible.
For houses, enfranchisement is possible in most
The Housing Act 1996 simplified this process cases after two years’ registered ownership. For
and subsequently the Commonhold and flats, lease extension is also possible after two
Leasehold Reform Act 2002 opened this years’ registered ownership, but in the case of
process up to almost anyone. blocks of flats where sufficient numbers of flat
owners participate, enfranchisement is possible
Gone are most of the residency tests – with
a few exceptions relating to Commercial
Justin Bennett 020 7462 4282 or
Selwyn Langley 020 7462 4280
Professional Indemnity Insurance cover provided
in respect of valuation claims is £5million per
claim and as such, we are not restricted in
respect of value or type of property.
We provide Valuations for all purposes,
including collateral security and act for major
banks and building institutions and are on a
number of Valuation panels.
We are also able to provide advice for Capital
Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Corporation Tax Residential Valuation: Prime Central London
and balance sheet purposes.
Our expertise covers both residential (portfolio,
house or flat valuations) and commercial
property (portfolio, shops, offices, industrial or
mixed use valuations).
We are also able to offer expert advice in
respect of development appraisal and insurance
Valuation advice is commonly given for the
purpose of assessing damages under Section
18 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927, in Residential Valuation: Ascot
respect of dilapidations claims.
Generally we are able to report within
7-14 days of inspection. Urgent instructions can
be catered for. When considering acquiring
your property whether as an owner or tenant, it
is vital to be professionally advised.
Development Appraisal and Insurance Valuation:
Conversion of a former pub to five flats.
Commercial Valuation: Prime Central London.
John Byers 020 7462 8460
Combining professional expertise with sound Surveyors are able to provide invaluable advice
commercial advice and an imaginative flair for and assistance when considering most types of
design and problem solving, our Building building work.
Surveys and Pre–Acquisition Advice
The decision to purchase or lease a particular Buildings are complex. A Building Surveyor
property can be a difficult one to make and will consider and see things that may be
it is unwise to proceed without first taking very important that you would not be aware
expert advice. Failure to consider properly the of. They will consider not only the style of
condition, construction and arrangement of a construction and the building’s condition, but
building can lead to expensive mistakes being also its arrangement, compliance with statutory
made. requirements and other matters that may affect
your ownership or occupation.
On their website, the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors say:
“A survey not only offers peace of
mind, but could potentially save
you thousands of pounds in costly
repair bills in the future.”
We are used to working quickly to deadlines
for exchange of contracts, and can provide
a valuable source of information for you and
Project: 28,000 sq.ft.
your solicitor when negotiating purchase prices Office Building: St. Albans
or lease terms.
A Landlord’s or Tenant’s repairing obligations continually changing, as case law is decided,
under the terms of any lease is often a and presents many pitfalls for the unwary.
subject of expensive dispute requiring expert
We have considerable experience dealing
advice. Dilapidation claims can run to many
with dilapidation matters, representing both
thousands of pounds and to attempt to deal
Landlords and Tenants in the production of
with them without advice can be costly. The
claims, acting in negotiations or in litigation at
law concerning dilapidations is complex and
Building Repairs and Maintenance
A property is a very valuable asset and it is investigated and diagnosed, so that the right
foolish to allow its condition to deteriorate so remedy can be achieved in a cost effective
that its performance and value are affected. manner.
However, it can be expensive to maintain
Our Building Surveyors are able to provide
and it is therefore vital to obtain good advice
expert, pragmatic advice in all matters relating to
when considering the repair and maintenance
the efficient repair, maintenance, improvement,
of buildings so that any money spent is used
extension and alteration of buildings. With
effectively and not wasted. Often with foresight,
detailed knowledge of building defects, up to
potentially expensive defects can be avoided
date construction methods, property legislation
by carrying out carefully considered, planned
and expertise, our Building Surveyors are able
maintenance work in advance, saving money
to deal with a wide range of building related
in the long term.
When problems do arise, it is prudent to
ensure that the defects have been thoroughly
· Maintenance and condition surveys
· Planned maintenance advice
· Defect diagnosis
· Specification of repair and
Residential · Repair and maintenance Contract
· Property legislation compliance
London SW7 · Landlord and Tenant liability
Building, Contract and Service Charge Dispute and
Unfortunately disputes between Landlords, Sometimes disputes are unavoidable and in
Tenants, Managing Agents or Neighbours are those cases it is essential to take professional
commonplace and without proper, experienced advice so that the necessary evidence and
advice they can easily escalate, leading to opinion is properly produced and presented
potentially expensive disputes. Often with in a clear way in compliance with current Civil
sound, objective professional advice many Rules and Procedures for the presentation of
disputes can be avoided altogether, or limited disputes.
in a way that can often lead to a speedier and
We are experienced in the provision of expert
more economic resolution.
evidence and opinion for dispute resolution or
litigation – both in Court and the Leasehold
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 defines the rights The law is designed to protect the interests of all
and responsibilities of owners of walls or owners of a wall or boundary by the involvement
boundaries that are shared, (or that separates) of objective building professionals.
the buildings or land of different owners. It has
By law, almost all building work to party walls
arisen as a result of legislation over hundreds
requires certain legally binding Notices to
of years in order to provide a legal framework
be served and, in many cases, Surveyors be
that enables owners to adapt party walls or
appointed to represent the interests of the
boundaries in a way that reflects the shared
various owners. We regularly act for owners in
interest both neighbours have; ensuring that any
such matters and are experienced in this area
works are properly considered and executed in
a properly agreed manner.
Commercial Landlord & Tenant - Rent Review &
Selwyn Langley 020 7462 4280
To successfully conduct Landlord and Tenant We have experience in acting as Joint Expert in
negotiations requires both detailed knowledge Mediation and have acted as Expert on behalf
of the market place and an up to date of clients in the event that matters cannot
knowledge of current legislation. be resolved by way of settlement.
We regularly act for either landlords or tenants Selwyn dealt with the leading Landlord and
in the negotiation of Lease Renewals, Rent Tenant case of Dennis & Robinson Limited v
Reviews and other Landlord & Tenant matters Kiossos Establishment (1987) 54 P&CR 282
bringing our knowledge of the property market on the issue of willing landlord and willing
and considerable experience to bear in a tenant. The case related to a 120,000sq ft,
thoroughly professional manner. 1906 railway carriage works, now used as a
We are also able to prepare submissions
for third party referrals such as Arbitration,
Mediation and Court Hearings.
Selwyn Langley 020 7462 4280
Whether you are a Landlord with investment We offer a wide variety of Property Management
properties or a group of Tenants owning services including:
your own freehold, good management of
· Rent and service charge collection
your property is essential if its value is to be
maintained and problems are to be avoided. · Service charge administration and
Property ownership can hold many pitfalls
· Estimation of service charge budgets
for the unwary and there is an increasing
need to remain up to date with the latest
legislation, health and safety requirements, · Maintenance of exterior and common
accounting procedures, taxation strategies and parts
maintenance procedures in order to derive the · Employment and administration of
best performance from your property assets or contractors and staff
avoid potentially expensive claims from third · Administration of building and other
We manage a number of properties and All of the properties are managed by our
portfolios for a variety of private and corporate small, dedicated team of experienced Property
investor clients; and for a fast growing number Managers who work conscientiously to provide
of owner occupied residential and commercial a personal and attentive service to our clients.
We work in accordance with the rules and standards
of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors,
and all monies are handled in accordance with
their current rules and regulations.
We are able to provide specialist advice in
many other property related areas including:-
· Town planning
· Development appraisal
· Commercial and Residential Agency
Please do not hesitate to contact one of the
Directors in order to discuss any of these issues
*Langley Byers Bennett is a trading name of Inland Estates Limited.
Registered office: 1 Purley Road, Purley Croydon CR8 2HA.
Registered in England. Company no. 2989123. VAT no. 649 7595 69
42 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7436 2101
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 3493