About Us - Lease Extension & Enfranchisement Specialists
Capital Leasehold Chartered Surveyors was established in 2011 by David Goldstone BSc. MRICS, Fraser Maldoom Dip.VEM FRICS, Robin Jones BSc. MRICS and John Strong FRICS.
The 4 founding partners have delivered over the past decade the benefit of over 100 years combined experience to a wide range of clients relating to the residential property market primarily in London and the M25 and the Home Counties, however we have further expanded the company in order to cover further afield beyond London and the M25 as we have surveyors with local knowledge of East Anglia and the East Midlands.
David Goldstone has over 25 years experience of dealing with section 42 lease extension claims and enfranchisement claims (buying your freehold) primarily in the London and M25 area and is now the Managing Director and Owner of Capital Leasehold, the USP of the company is that it can act more quickly and offers better value for money compared with the larger firms of surveyors.
We recognised there continues to be a shortage of specialist lease extension and freehold surveyors available to advise owners of flats and in the majority of cases our job is to advise the flat owner with regard to the fair price payable for the section 42 lease extension claim or buying your freehold and furthermore to ensure the flat owner does not overpay under the 1993 Act.
We take pride in the work we undertake, providing a personal service that meets modern demands whilst maintaining traditional standards and furthermore direct contact and communication with the surveyor dealing with your case is of prime importance to us and our clients.
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 will become law at the end of June 2022 and will not only stop the charging of any annual ground rent for new leases from July 2022 but also stop any increase in the current ground rent liability for those needing to obtain an urgent informal extension of an existing lease outside of the 1993 Act.
The government appears to have forgotten about its promise made in early 2021 to remove marriage value payable when extending leases with under 80 years remaining (which in reality may well be due to pressure from the corporate freeholders and the London Family Estates to remove it from the 2022 Act), very little has therefore changed in spite of great promises from the government and so the general rule remains the sooner you extend your lease or buy your freehold the cheaper it will be.
A former Head of Lease Extensions & Enfranchisement at John D Wood and subsequently at Friend and Falcke in Kensington and Chelsea, David has over twenty years of experience including Lease Extension & Leasehold Enfranchisement experience honed in the Prime central postcodes of W1, W2, W8, W11, SW1, SW3, SW5, SW7 and SW10. A tough negotiator, he has challenged The Cadogan, Grosvenor and Crown Estates at The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal on The Sportelli Decision, Hope Value and Leaseholders Improvements. David has an Expert Valuer’s knowledge and first hand experience of the Extending of Leases on Flats and the acquisition of Freeholds of Houses for Leaseholder and Freeholder Clients under Leasehold Enfranchisement and Lease Extension legislation and case law. Every client of Capital Leasehold has the benefit of the David’s extensive London wide experience acquired North and South of the Thames, including Prime Central London where he has variously worked and lived over many years. David was recently recognised by his peers in the industry, qualifying as a finalist in the 2013 News On The Block awards for Valuer of the Year.
After studying at Bristol Polytechnic, Fraser started his London property career in West Hampstead then qualified in 1986 whilst working for Healey & Baker. Shortly after qualifying he moved to Barnard Marcus in Clapham, leaving SW4 to set up and manage the Mayfair Professional Office. In 1991 Fraser joined the Inland Revenue's Valuation Office as a Senior Valuer based in Wimbledon where he gained 10 years experience in valuing anything from houseboats to flour mills. He left to re-enter the private sector initially in Commercial Property as an Associate Director of Stiles Harold Williams at their Thames Valley Office before moving back into Residential Surveying and Valuation. He is a founding partner of both Capital Leasehold and Capital Chartered Surveyors and Valuers.
Damian worked in the digital industry for over 16 years since graduating with a first class honours degree in Computer Science. He started his career in Germany working as a software engineer and has moved through the ranks to be become a Web Development Manager. He now is now in charge of business development at Capital Leasehold.