East Dulwich freeholders fail to remove long-forgotten restrictive covenants

Householders in a leafy suburb of south-east London have failed in their court bid to remove a set of long-forgotten restrictive covenants that are stopping them from selling their property.

The case highlights the arcane quirks of the London property market, where householders, keen to improve their investment in one of Europe’s most expensive property markets, must negotiate the hazards of leaseholds, share-of-freeholds and demise changes when seeking to build extensions and loft conversions or to get front gardens turned into parking spaces.

This often means paying a leaseholder – or, in the case of share-of-freehold, getting

Legal news