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Key Terms


A covenant is a legally binding promise to do or not to do certain things with property or land. Covenants can be either positive or restrictive. A positive covenant is a promise to do something or spend money (e.g. to contribute towards the maintenance of a shared driveway). A restrictive covenant is a promise not to do certain things for the benefit of other land and therefore amount to a restriction on the use of a property (e.g. no trade or business to be carried out at a property).

Ground rent:

Ground Rent is a periodical payment, usually paid once a year by the owner of a Leasehold property to the Freehold Owner or Superior Leasehold Owner (Landlord). The ground rent amount is set out in the lease.


This is similar to a ground rent but is charged on freehold properties. Rentcharges will be extinguished in 2037 if they are still in existence at that time. No new rentcharges can now be created. Rentcharges are particularly common in the Manchester area.

Service Charge:

This is a charge payable under the terms of a lease or sometimes a freehold transfer (here it is called an estate rentcharge) for management companies and/or landlords to recover the cost of providing services, insurance and maintenance of communal areas.

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Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Heather Adams

Heather Adams

Heather is a Senior Solicitor and Head of our Residential Property department

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

Claire is a Solicitor in our Residential Property department

Vikki Noone

Vikki Noone

Vikki is a Paralegal within the Residential Property Team