A Professional Insight into Flying Freeholds and Deed of Mutual Covenant

A Professional Insight into Flying Freeholds and Deed of Mutual Covenant

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    Hello and welcome to our real estate blog, where we break down the complexities of property matters in simple terms. Today, let’s dive into the world of flying freeholds – a topic that might sound puzzling but is more common than you think. As a chartered surveyor with a knack for explaining legal jargon in everyday language, I’m here to guide you through the basics and offer practical tips on how to deal with flying freeholds.

    Understanding What is Flying Freeholds

    So, what’s a flying freehold? Imagine part of your property, like a room or a balcony, hanging over or under another property that doesn’t belong to you. That’s a flying freehold.

    How to Check if You Have a Flying Freehold

    To figure out if you have a flying freehold, take a look at your property documents. If any part of your home hangs over a neighbour’s property, and you don’t own that bit of land, you might have a flying freehold.

    Making Sense of the Deed of Mutual Covenant

    Now, let’s talk about the Deed of Mutual Covenant (DMC). Think of this as a kind of agreement between you and your neighbour. It’s like a deal that says, “Hey, we both own bits of this property, so let’s agree on how we’ll take care of things.” This includes deciding who is responsible for repairs and how you can both use the shared space.

    Tips for Dealing with Flying Freeholds

    Talk to Your Neighbours

    Start with a friendly chat. Discuss any concerns you might have and try to work together on things like maintenance and access. It’s a bit like agreeing on how to share a communal garden.

    Get Some Help from a Legal Pro

    If things get a bit tricky, it’s time to call in the experts. A Real Estate Chartered Surveyor is like your guide through the legal maze. They can help you understand the rules and make sure everything is fair and square.

    Check Your Papers Regularly

    Keep an eye on your property documents. It’s a bit like giving your home a health check. Regular reviews and surveys can help you spot any potential issues early on.

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    Also read, Leasehold v/s Freehold , How to calculate remaining lease term? , How to extend the lease of a flat?


    In a nutshell, dealing with flying freeholds is all about communication, a bit of legal help, and keeping an eye on your property papers. If you ever feel lost in the real estate skies, don’t hesitate to reach out for guidance. Stay tuned for more simple explanations of real estate matters, and remember – understanding your property doesn’t have to be rocket science!

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