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What is a ground rent?

A ground rent is a sum charged for the right to occupy and use land owned by the landlord (sometimes known as the "lessor"). The tenant (sometimes known as the "lessee") occupies this on the terms of a lease which is usually for a set term of years at a nominal fixed or rising rent. In the event of non-payment of the ground rent the landlord has various means of recovering the rent, including as a last resort repossession.

For a more detailed explanation of your rights and duties as a tenant under a lease, please contact your solicitor.