We are pleased to confirm that, following an agreement between developer Countryside Properties, and Adriatic, Adriatic has entered into voluntary Undertakings with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), to offer to remove rent review clauses from 119 leases at Highmead, originally granted by Countryside with rent review clauses doubling more frequently than every 20 years (Doubling Clauses), including where these had been replaced with reviews linked to the Retail Prices Index (RPI).
This follows Undertakings entered into by Countryside with the CMA in September 2021 relating to all leases Countryside had granted with Doubling Clauses, including those where Countryside had sold its interest in those leases on to freeholders like Adriatic.
As a result of an offer made by Countryside to Adriatic, Adriatic has been able to give its own voluntary Undertakings to the CMA and offer to vary the leases at Highmead for the benefit of the leaseholders, to remove the clause increasing ground rent completely.
The offer to vary the leases is open for a period of two years, or until all the relevant leases have been varied, if this is completed earlier. HomeGround will be administering the variations on behalf of Adriatic. The key elements of the offer to vary are as follows:
We have written to all those leaseholders of Highmead who own leases originally granted with Doubling Clauses with full details of the offer and how to take this up. If you are a leaseholder at Highmead, you can access full details of the offer and further information by entering your unique 12 digit Customer Reference Number on this contact form.
In addition to the offer made to leaseholders at Highmead, Adriatic has also committed as part of its Undertakings to the CMA, not in any event to rely on any Doubling Clause in the Highmead leases.
Further details about the CMA’s leasehold investigation, and the Countryside Undertakings may be found here.