Charles Boston FRICS

Charles is a Fellow of the RICS, having qualified in 1982. He began negotiating the surrender and renewal of leases in 1978 and was soon involved in statutory claims under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.

He has had a relationship with legal publishers, Sweet & Maxwell since 1986 when he was commissioned to write a guide entitled “Understanding Residential Leases”. Fifteen years later in 2001 he was chosen to write the valuation chapters of a new volume in their “Handbook” series: “Handbook of Residential Tenancies”, which has now celebrated its 50th release. Charles became the general editor in 2018.

He was invited by the Council of Mortgage Lenders to join a committee set up to make representations to Parliament during the formative stages of what became the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.  He was also part of a similar committee, again set up by the CML, during the formative stages of what became the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

Charles acts mainly for tenants in the Prime Central London area, some of the more notable instructions including:

Addisland Court, Kensington – one of the first collective enfranchisement claims
The Tower House – one of several important houses in Kensington
Kensington Palace Gardens – one of the most valuable apartments in London
Albert Hall Mansions – still the largest collective enfranchisement claim
Bessborough Gardens – the largest and most valuable block in Pimlico
Hyde Park Gate – three large detached houses
Egerton Gardens – nine flats
Chester Square – seven houses
Pelham Crescent – four houses
Thurloe Square – six houses
The Canadian High Commissioner’s residence in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

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Charles regularly provides formal valuations for various tax purposes and is also instructed as an expert witness in cases of professional negligence and mortgage fraud.

Notable authorities in which Charles has given evidence:

Segama NV v Penny le Roy Ltd (1984)
Cadogan Estate v Hows & Hock (1989)
Blacker v Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators (1998)
Kamara & Ezekiel v Elghanian (1999)
A.J. Langinger v The Earl of Cadogan and Cadogan Estates Ltd (2000)
Bourgoin-Heskia v 44 Cadogan Square Ltd (2002)
27-29 Sloane Gardens Ltd v Earl Cadogan (2004)
Earl Cadogan v Sportelli (2007)
Gavin v 39 Lennox Gardens (Freehold) Ltd (2014)
Mundy v Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate (2018)

Other interests include writing, recording and performing songs (, playing golf and enjoying the county of Dorset with his family and their two dogs.