Purchasing the Freehold of your property

Freehold Reversion

Purchasing freehold of your property from the Council (Not Right to Buy)

If you are the leaseholder of a property, the Council may be willing to sell you the freehold (subject to standard covenants which are applied in the freehold sale). Unlike leasehold properties, freehold properties are not limited to a set period of time. Most of the Council’s leased properties are leased for a period of 99 or 999 years. If you wish to purchase the freehold, please follow the procedure below:

How to purchase the freehold of your house

All requests should be clearly headed ‘Freehold Reversion request’ and should be submitted to the Property and Facilities Management by

  • Email to: land.applications@harlow.gov.uk or
  • Write to: Property and Facilities Management, Harlow Council, Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1WG

Costs to purchase the freehold

  • The application fee £180 (£150 + VAT) to cover the administration costs of Property and Facilities Management
  • Harlow Council’s Legal Services fees approx. £400 - to cover the costs of preparing the legal documents.
  • Valuation fee approx. £360 (£300 + VAT)
  • Your own solicitors fees

Please note: all fees quoted above should be used as a guide only and may not represent what is currently charged by the Council and are subject to periodic review. Some of the fees may vary depending on the nature of the transaction