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Good morning, thank you for contacting Just Answer my name is***** am a solicitor and I will be assisting you today. It is unusual practice to have the whole freehold and the one of the leases of the flats to be registered under the same title number. The solicitor should have advised you at the time that both titles were to be included one title number. Do you wish to retain the freehold?
Thank you for the confirmation, this can be reconciled by granting a new lease out of the freehold for the ground floor flat. That way you will retain the freehold and only the leasehold flat will be transferred to the new owner and more importantly none of the obligations will be passed to the new owner.
In practice, the granting of the new lease should be rather straightforward, as the other flat owners all have their own leases you would simply need to grant the lease on similar terms as the other leases so that the rights and obligations are mirrored in all the leases,
Do you have any follow up questions?
Not necessarily, as long as the solicitors informed you that you were purchasing the freehold and the leasehold and that both titles were included on the same register this would not be negligent. However, there is nothing to stop you going back to the solicitors who originally acted for you to ask them to act on the sale of your property.
I appreciate your comments if this was not something that was discussed with you and you were unhappy with the service you could raise this with the solicitors who acted for you on your purchase back in 2017.
Glad to be off assistance, we wish you all the best going forwards.