Paying your ground rent is usually a condition of your lease and is an unavoidable legal requirement. You will need to prove you have paid your ground rent before you can sell your lease or make property alterations.
We issue ground rent demand notices 30 days before the due date (in accordance with the Leasehold Reform Act) and there are penalties for non-payment. If we have not received a payment from you 14 days after the due date, we send:
If you have a query about a ground rent notice or reminder, or you have difficulty paying, then please contact us as soon as possible and we pledge to deal with your queries as effectively as possible.
Unfortunately, ground rent is based on the property rather than on ownership and under the Limitation Act of 1980 you could be liable for up to six years of ground rent arrears.
Your solicitor should have advised you about any ground rent arrears at the time of purchase. If they didn’t you may need to seek independent advice.
If the sale is completed before the invoice is due to be paid, we will update our records and reissue the invoice to the new owner.
If the sale is not completed by the date payment is due, as the leaseholder you remain liable for the ground rent and the outstanding amount will need to be settled in full. Your solicitor should arrange for you to be reimbursed by the purchaser for the period when you are not the leaseholder.