Charles Boston FRICS

Charles is a Fellow of the RICS, having qualified in 1982. He was one of the very first surveyors to specialise in leasehold enfranchisement in Central London and has more than forty years’ experience.

He acts mainly (but not exclusively) for tenants in the Prime Central London area and has negotiated lease extensions and enfranchisements of some of the most important residential buildings in the capital. Most of his work, however, is concerned with relatively ordinary properties where clients appreciate his expertise and determination to ensure that they make the most of their situation and save significant amounts of money.

The vast majority of claims that Charles handles are resolved by negotiated settlement, but on the rare occasions when it is necessary to refer a claim to the valuation tribunal, Charles gives evidence as a highly respected expert witness.

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His reputation as an expert in this field was recognised as far back 1986 when legal publishers, Sweet & Maxwell, commissioned him to write a guide on the valuation of residential leases. In 1999 he was again commissioned by Sweet & Maxwell, this time to write the valuation chapters in their “Handbook of Residential Tenancies”. Charles is now the principal editor.

In 1993, when the Government proposed substantial reforms to leasehold legislation, the Council of Mortgage Lenders formed a committee to consider the bill and instructed Charles to be their valuation adviser.

Handbook of Residential Tenancies

Published by Sweet & Maxwell, this substantial “handbook” is revised every three months.  With more than a thousand case digests, various valuation examples and a complete set of forms and precedents, there is no publication that provides a more thorough guide to residential tenancies and leasehold enfranchisement in particular.  My own contribution to this work is supplemented by Prof. Del Williams and solicitor, Leigh Shapiro.

Similarly when the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act was being formulated in 2002, the CML again invited Charles to advise them. Charles has also written a succinct guide to leasehold enfranchisement entitled “How to Break Out of an English Residential Lease” which is available through Amazon but offered free to clients!

How to Break Out of an English Residential Lease

The first edition of this brief guide, published in 1993, was given a great review in the Financial Times.  This fifth edition, published in November 2020, has quite a lot more in it and takes into account various tribunal and law court decisions that have emerged since the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. 

Charles is married with three grown-up step-children and five step-grandchildren. Having spent the first fifty years of his life in Holland Park, home is now shared between a house in Dorset and a flat next to Battersea Park. He is a keen golfer and musician, writing, recording and performing songs with his bluegrass band. (