CAN I CHALLENGE A GROUND RENT INCREASE?
"Ground Rent" is the term used to describe rent payable under a long lease, i.e. one granted for more than 21
Historically ground rent could be paid in goods rather than coin, for example livestock, seed or grain or even
Currently there are no restrictions on long-leasehold ground rent increases. However, under section 166 of the
Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 a landlord of a dwelling with a long lease must demand payment of ground
rent in writing using a special form and the leaseholder is not required to pay until this is done.
It is therefore unlikely that you can challenge the increase but you don't have to pay until the landlord has
followed the correct prodedure to request payment.