In UK property law, a Section 6 Notice, governed by the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1987, is a critical legal instrument. Also referred to as an acceptance notice or more fully a tenant’s acceptance notice, it is the method by which leaseholders can formally accept a landlord’s offer to sell them the freehold rights to the land on which their property is built.
Of course, we are talking about the leasehold here, and therefore mostly about flats. A Section 6 Notice comes into play when a freeholder wishes to sell their asset, which is to say the land on which residential properties are built. In this scenario, the freehold must offer the freehold rights to the leaseholders before they can sell the freehold to another party.
A Section 6 Notice is the legal notice that the leaseholders would send back to the landlord, to inform them of their intent to buy.
Leasehold and freehold relationships in England and Wales are complicated. Here, we will endeavor to explore the Section 6 Notice and discuss its detail, practical function and significance and answer the common questions related to it.
But – and it should go without saying – if you are involved in any kind of legal trouble or are about to commit to any kind of legal action, you should seek professional advice.