Buying ground rents since 1987

Gray’s Inn Estates is an established, professional property investment company specialising in the acquisition of ground rents secured on freehold or leasehold blocks of flats or houses in England and Wales. We own one of the largest portfolios of ground rents in the country that has been acquired over a period of 30 years. We are the investor, not an agent.

Why do we buy ground rents?

Ground rents are a specialised asset class providing secure income from property held on long leases. We have the experience to manage the landlord’s responsibilities, knowledge of the extensive legislation affecting the leasehold sector and robust systems to enable effective collection of rental payments. Ground rents are our business.

Why sell to Gray’s Inn Estates?

Experience, reliability and a ‘hands on’ approach to all transactions. Ability to take commercial decisions. We do not view transactions as isolated events – we like to create relationships and do repeat business. We understand the importance for developers to protect reputation post sale of ground rents through professional management arrangements. Above all we are easy to deal with and work in partnership with who we are buying from to get deals done.

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How do we buy ground rents?

All buying process decisions are taken by directors Steve Whybrow and Darren Pither. There is no protracted chain of decision makers – you have the directors contact details and deal with us directly. Our solicitors act for numerous blue chip developers, specialise in ground rent transactions and have acted for Gray’s Inn Estates for over ten years. We like to think that we are an attractive buyer – we have acquired c.50,000 ground rent units over the years and deal experience is key to successful acquisitions. If you have a planned development, are building at the moment, hold a portfolio or single block, or have a sale in progress to a buyer that is not performing we would like to hear from you.

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What do we pay for ground rents?

All opportunities are considered on their own merits and price is dictated by a multiple of the annual ground rent. This is influenced by various factors like volume, timescale, lease length and rent review pattern, but we can assure you that we will provide a swift decision with a genuine and competitive offer.

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