Provided there are more than to properties, and no more than 50% of the building is commercial, then you have the right having the statutory right of enfranchisement which is not rocket science.
I can’t imagine for one moment that if you didn’t fit the criteria, the solicitors would have even gone this far. Further, they have had the notice reviewed by multiple colleagues including external people so this seems to be no point in querying the notice.
It may be that the freeholder simply doesn’t know what they are doing.
I don’t whether they have written back and said that your application was defective or they have ignored it or refused. It would be interesting to see a copy of the refusal.
What is your legal position? You can indeed take them to the Leasehold Tribunal to compel them to sell the freehold and you can ask the court to award costs against them on the grounds of their grossly unreasonable behaviour.
I don’t whether you have already threatened legal action and costs and suggested that they take legal advice but if not, that should be the next step if it has not been already done.
It has been done, then you are off to the tribunal.
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