The best law books to help residential leaseholders understand their rights in the UK

Why am I passionate about this?

I am a UK registered lawyer specializing in real estate and I’m passionate about my work. I am also a non-fiction legal writer. I don’t just write about what I know. I write about what I do. I don’t primarily write for other lawyers. Instead, I try to make the law accessible to anyone who needs to use it: whether they are a leaseholder facing service charge liabilities or someone responsible for the management of a block of flats. Since the 2017 Grenfell fire disaster, I have been following the evolution of new UK fire safety regulations and their practical effect on leaseholders and everyone involved in the management of a high-rise building. 


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Fire Safety Law: A Practical Guide for Leaseholders, Building-Owners and Conveyancers

By V. Charles Ward,

Book cover of Fire Safety Law: A Practical Guide for Leaseholders, Building-Owners and Conveyancers

What is my book about?

A practical guide to new UK fire-safety legislation which has emerged since the 2017 Grenfell tower-block fire in which more than 70 residents lost their lives. And all because of highly flammable aluminum wall cladding which ignited as a result of a fire in the kitchen of one of the flats. Included within those victims are the thousands of leaseholders living in similar high-rise blocks, whose flats became worthless overnight. This book does not only alert residential leaseholders to their rights but also explains the new fire-safety responsibilities with which building managers must now comply. The book includes extensive references to the Fire Safety Order 2005; the Fire Safety Act 2021; the Building Safety Act 2022 and the Fire-Safety (England) Regulations 2022.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Buying a Flat? Have You Considered The Service Charges?

V. Charles Ward Why did I love this book?

This is an honest little book warning anyone thinking of buying a flat to obtain full information about the annual service charges which they may be required to pay and what is included in those service charges. The author writes from her own two decades of experience managing service charge teams in many organisations. She gives a practitioner’s perspective, giving gems of information to raise leaseholder awareness of their service charge responsibilities.

By Anne J. Johnson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Buying a Flat? Have You Considered The Service Charges? as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Practical information about service charges for those buying flats or apartments. Useful tips on things to consider before and after buying that leasehold home.


Book cover of The Leaseholder’s Simple Guide to Leasehold

V. Charles Ward Why did I love this book?

A residential lease is a wasting asset. 99 years may seem like a lifetime. 30 years down the line, there are only 69 years outstanding. Give it another 20 years and what is left on your lease is beginning to look unattractive to prospective buyers and mortgage lenders. It is why this book focuses on the statutory rights which leaseholders now have to buy lease extensions and provides tips on how leaseholders can negotiate with a difficult landlord. The author manages a group of companies and acting for leaseholders in relation to lease extensions and is passionate about their rights.

By Louie Burns,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Leaseholder’s Simple Guide to Leasehold as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The leasehold system is a very complex and murky one

If you own a leasehold property or are considering buying one you need to understand this system and learn how to protect your self from greedy freeholders. This book will save you thousands of pounds and prevent you falling into many of the leasehold traps!

This book is written to be a simple guide for leaseholders who are looking to understand the complex world of leasehold. For those that wish to extend their lease, purchase the freehold of their flats or leasehold houses. It will help you understand how the…


Book cover of Being a Leaseholder: The Essential Guide to Owning a Flat

V. Charles Ward Why did I love this book?

This is a comprehensive law book for residential leaseholders that deals not only with service charges and lease extensions but also with other associated issues including the statutory right to manage. It also deals with the practical issues involved in setting up a leaseholders’ management company, in which leaseholders collectively manage their own freehold. It deals with the many other practical problems which leaseholders face, such as noise nuisance and inconsiderate parking. The book provides simple directions through a hostile landscape.

By Nicolas Shulman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Being a Leaseholder as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This book is about flats. If you are thinking of buying a flat, already own a flat or work in the industry then this book is for you. The ownership and management of flats is complex and usually requires highly skilled professionals. This is because there are common parts shared between all residents which need to be managed and paid for. There are also special legal issues concerning leases, landlord and tenant matters as well as a whole host of legislation that specifically affects flats for example the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. With more flats being built that…


Book cover of The Complete Guide to Property Investment: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Buy-to-Let

V. Charles Ward Why did I love this book?

This book turns the subject on its head and explains how small investors can get into the buy-to-let market. But many buy-to-let landlords are also leaseholders if they are buying leasehold flats to rent out. The book gives small investors the inside information and the action plan needed to navigate this new property landscape and come out on top.

By Rob Dix,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Complete Guide to Property Investment as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Fully up-to-date for 2022

From the author of Amazon best-sellers “Property Investment For Beginners” and “Beyond The Bricks”

Over the last 20 years, more than a million Brits have made life-changing profits from buy-to-let. But as prices keep rising and the tax landscape changes, investors need to get smarter in order to succeed.

It’s far from “game over”, but the game is changing… for the better. The unwary and under-prepared will be squeezed from the market – leaving educated, strategic investors to have their best decade yet.

The Complete Guide To Property Investment gives you the insight, information and action…


Book cover of The Law in 60 Seconds: A Pocket Guide to Your Rights

V. Charles Ward Why did I love this book?

This entertaining quick-fire legal reference book provides instant help for any difficult situation. A pocket-sized book to be carried with you at all times. The book comes alive with examples taken from the author’s own life experience. It is about the basic human rights which belong to all of us and what they mean in our lives.

By Christian Weaver,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Law in 60 Seconds as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'An indispensable guide to the law and your rights, giving you a lawyer in your pocket for a multitude of legal questions and problems that crop up in everyday life. ... Exceptional' - The Secret Barrister
'Brilliant and generous and very necessary' - Sarah Langford, author of In Your Defense
'A triumph of a book. It should form the basis for a national curriculum in law.' - Joanna Hardy-Susskind

From junior barrister Christian Weaver comes an indispensable guide to your basic legal rights.

We engage with the law every day: when we leave the house, and even when we don't,…


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