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We purchased a small office on a folio in a town in Ireland

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We purchased a small office on a folio in a town in Ireland but we have only a leasehold interest on the land which is due to run out in 17years. The annual ground rent has never been collected. The old landlord was based abroad before he died. We believe it has been acquired by someone else over the past few years.
We need to know
a) How do I find out who purchased the leasehold interest and b)If I cannot purchase the leasehold interest on this premises, am I entitled to another lease at the end of 17years as I paid for the building on this land. c)How would it be determined what ground rent would be payable. d)Would I have we any rights as we would be the owners for 32years when the lease is due to expire.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
1. Dear *****, you will have to search in the Land registry, now the Property Registration Authority, if the land is registered land for the owner of the freehold interest which is the reversion to your leasehold interest. If the land is unregistered, you will have to have a search conducted on your behalf in the registry of deeds. I would suggest you get a solicitor or someone of this nature to check the registered owner for you. You can search online in the PRA, but you would first have to open an account in order that you can search yourself. So, it is not very practical.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
2. The second point is that when you find the owner, you should immediately put in train matters to buy out the freehold interest of your leasehold interest. However, you need to pay the registered owner 10 years rent in order to profit from the buyout right. So here, where you have not been paying Ground rent you need to remedy this situation. This is because you have a buyout right under the Landlord & Tenant Act. This will ensure you don't suffer the ignominy of being removed at the end of your lease. be aware that there is no automatic right to renewal. This is a limited right - of renewal - however the landlord can defeat this right if he takes appropriate measures, such as if he wants to live or work in the premises himself.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
3. Having built the building on the premises gives you a stronger right of renewal. However, you need to realise that this person who bought the reversion will also be getting legal advice. So they will most likely seek to defeat your attempt to buy out the freehold interest. For this reason, you should put in train matters to buy out the freehold.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
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