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Is this a house or a flat? What attempts have you made to contact the landlord?
The landlord is usually the freeholder provided there is no sublease. For the purposes of what we’re talking about, we can use either phrase.
Having an absent landlord, particularly if the absent landlord is a individual rather than the company, is not unusual.
Chapter II of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 is the statutory provision under which the right to extend the lease arises.
Section 50 of the Chapter http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1993/28/section/50
gives the procedure when the landlord cannot be found.
You have to satisfy the court of the attempts that you’ve made to find the landlord and the court will grant you a new lease.
There is no legal reason why you cannot do it yourself but the process is not simple.
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