The Case of the Missing Freeholder - Annual ALEP Lecture to Consider Absentee Landlords

27th February 2020
The Case of the Missing Freeholder - Annual ALEP Lecture to Consider Absentee Landlords

Freeholders going AWOL will be the subject of the next annual Lecture delivered by the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

 The Lecture is aimed at both surveyors and solicitors looking to get an insight into the issue of absentee landlords, and will take place on Thursday 5 March, at 30 Euston Square

 Cases with missing landlords can be disruptive for all parties involved in leasehold enfranchisement, and ALEP’s Lecture tackles this issue and aims to arm professionals with the practical advice they need should they encounter such a situation.

 John Midgley, ALEP Director and head of enfranchisement at Seddons, said: 

“Absent landlords raise numerous questions in practice and deciding on the correct course of action requires skill and insight. The Lecture will draw together relevant themes and points to consider assisting both solicitors and surveyors in developing a toolkit to deal with them.

Furthermore, the Lecture will include a review of current legislation, the role a valuer plays in these instances and advice on what to do when a missing landlord is a company, not an individual. 

We’re also delighted to have barrister, Nicola Muir, presenting an update on the latest from the Law Commission on their recommendations for reform.

In true ALEP style, the Lecture promises to be advice-led, insightful and practical for delegates.”

Indeed, a major part of ALEP’s work is education and discussion and this will be front and centre at the upcoming Lecture. Piers Harrison of Tanfield Chambers will chair what promises to be a lively open debate, presenting a fantastic opportunity for delegates to tackle the sector’s major talking points, such as valuation, and how any possible reform might be implemented, as well as its impact on the future of enfranchisement.

Following a networking lunch, the afternoon lecture starts at 1.30pm. Hosted by Damian Greenish, confirmed speakers include:

  • Sir Peter Bottomley, MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on Leasehold Reform
  • Anna Favre, Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  • Mark Loveday, Nicola Muir and Piers Harrison, Tanfield Chambers
  • Henrietta Hammonds, Beckett and Kay
  • Mark Chick, Bishop & Sewell and ALEP

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