Definition of freehold in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Permanent and absolute tenure of land or property with freedom to dispose of it at will.

    Often contrasted with leasehold
    • ‘Later it was owned perhaps by the lord of the manor, but no individual ownership, much less freehold, existed.’
    • ‘The millions of dollars spent on native title processes in Victoria could have bought some pretty substantial chunks of land in freehold to be returned to indigenous ownership.’
    • ‘The biggest decision is whether to go for freehold or leasehold.’
    • ‘I understand it is the same in relation to freehold and leasehold, that you can be convicted of trespass.’
    • ‘The deal included the transfer of two pieces of land in freehold, the right to hunt and carry out ceremonies, and a strong management role with seven jobs in a new national park.’
    • ‘The Crown does not normally make grants to itself in freehold or by lease.’
    • ‘Title is called feudal or ‘feuhold’ tenure which is the equivalent of freehold and is absolute title.’
    • ‘Dutton spent almost $200,000 to secure freehold of his land and save it from selectors.’
    • ‘There are currently two main ways of owning property in England and Wales: freehold and leasehold.’
    • ‘Each Aboriginal community needs to decide whether freehold would suit the community best.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A piece of land or property held by freehold.
      ‘an opportunity to purchase the adjoining freehold’
      • ‘The other reason is that York is an increasingly popular shopping centre and freeholds don't come up that often.’
      • ‘There are fears rents could spiral forcing them out of business and the clubs demolished for housing if the authority presses ahead with an auction of freeholds next month.’
      • ‘Then a month after that deal was done, Keelwalk came back and said we could buy the freehold.’
      • ‘The law allows foreigners to hold 49 per cent of the units in a condominium freehold and, in certain cases, a full 100 per cent.’
      • ‘You are entitled to purchase a plot of land in Spain as a freehold and own it outright, in the same way that a Spanish person could come to Ireland and buy land.’
      • ‘Had they ever been upon the ground where their freeholds lay?’
      • ‘They rearranged their estates to create larger tenant farms on rack rents, with a decline in small yeomen farmers with customary tenure or freeholds.’
      • ‘This has resulted in a starkly contrasting market between leaseholds and freeholds, especially in the sale of going concern businesses.’
      • ‘They are all freeholds granted under specific legislation in the Northern Territory providing for living areas for the benefit of Aboriginal people.’
      • ‘And also I shall have within a year and a day a freehold within the town (as a burgess should), at which I may be summoned, or else lose my burgess status forever.’
      • ‘Similarly, there is no reduction in the value of the property because it is a leasehold rather than a freehold.’
      • ‘It is a potentially tortuous route, but the property, if renovated as as a freehold, could be worth double the current asking price.’
      • ‘Some of the freeholds were very valuable and some of the leaseholds were virtually worthless tenancies of shop-like premises occupied by the Appellant's branches.’
      • ‘Massachusetts's farming families relied on their labor to eke out a bare competency and secure a freehold, while planters exploited the labor of their slaves and engrossed lands.’
      • ‘The University of York bought the freehold from the York Civic Trust, which maintained an interest, but was forced to put it on the market because of the growing cost of structural repairs.’
      • ‘City analysts believe that Coleman could partly finance any offer by selling some of the group's valuable freeholds and then leasing back the stores.’
      • ‘At a meeting yesterday, it was decided to sell the freehold together with the fixtures and fittings of the Assembly Rooms, in Blake Street.’
      premises, land, estates, acres, acreage
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  • Held by or having the status of freehold.

    ‘freehold tenure’
    • ‘A 250-year lease is a freehold sale in anyone's book; do these custodians of the citizens' property give a hoot?’
    • ‘Commonhold will be a new kind of freehold ownership.’
    • ‘Terraces of freehold houses, by contrast, date back at least to the 18th century.’
    • ‘Mrs Norris was the registered freehold owner of the home.’
    • ‘The mortgagor may have a freehold or a leasehold estate in the land.’
    • ‘He is only interested in property that has freehold status.’
    • ‘Most importantly it would create complicated flying freehold arrangements which are notoriously difficult to manage from an estate management perspective, as discussed above.’
    • ‘As an area of freehold tenure, established for decades, it was not subject to the same array of regulations as the municipal locations.’
    • ‘On 14th February 1996, the freehold interest in the building was transferred to the claimant.’
    • ‘The proposed sale did not go ahead and he did not investigate the extent of the freehold and leasehold titles further.’
    • ‘From today, developers of new mixed-use properties can choose whether to offer freehold, leasehold or commonhold properties, and people who are leaseholders can now transfer to a commonhold system.’
    • ‘That customary land status can easily be turned into freehold title.’
    • ‘The valuation assumes a sound freehold title with full vacant possession.’
    • ‘I said the customary rights should not lead to the granting of freehold title.’
    • ‘No question can arise as to the special characteristics of the particular freehold owner.’
    • ‘The simple granting of freehold or leasehold property does not lead to automatic economic development or viable commercial activity.’
    • ‘In 1987 the Pearsons decided to sell the whole of their freehold interest in the Hall and the stud farm.’
    • ‘The freehold interest is available with full vacant possession.’
    • ‘In the meantime, a very vocal opposition from commercial farmers owning extensive freehold and leasehold estates has stymied efforts by the Ministry.’
    • ‘The individual claimants are freehold owners and occupiers of their homes in Church Village.’