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Hi, thanks for your enquiry.
The Head Leaseholder is/was free to sell their interest without your knowledge but this does not affect your right to purchase the Headlease (provided you have owned the property for at least 2 years). As the new Headleaseholder appears to perhaps trying to take advantage on the cost, you should instruct a suitably qualified Surveyor who can advise on how much you should be paying and negotiate on your behalf, if required.
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Kind Regards Al
Hi, they can't demand any price from you- it comes down to how many years are left on the Lease, what the ground rent is, and how much the property is worth. I am afraid, however, they are entitled to charge you for their legal and Surveyors fees and the sums you quote are about the norm. Sorry.