The simple steps to staircasing

What are the steps to staircasing?

There are five main steps to staircasing which we've outlined below: 

01. Check your finances

Use our online staircasing calculator to work out how much the cost of buying more shares could be. The cost of the additional shares is based on the open market value of your home at the time that you wish to buy them. You can do the calculations here.

02. Complete an application

If you’re happy with the estimated costs and would like to proceed with buying additional shares you will need to complete our online application form here. Once you've completed the form we'll need to do a couple of background checks, as soon as these are done we will be in touch to let you know whether it's possible to purchase the additional shares.

03. Arrange a valuation

Once we have confirmed in writing that you can buy the requested number of shares, you will need to arrange an open market valuation of the property. This must be done by an independent surveyor qualified through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor (FRICS). There are a few other requirements of the valuation report and we have put together a detailed valuation guidance document for your surveyor. 

04. Authority to Proceed

As soon as we receive the property valuation report we have a few checks to make in line with the valuation requirements. We will then also calculate the purchase price of the shares you wish to buy based on the valuation report and confirm this and all other details in writing to you along with an Authority to Proceed Form. This form confirms to us that you accept the price of the shares and wish us to commence the transaction - all leaseholders named on the lease must sign this form.

If you do decide to proceed with the purchase there are some final steps to take before we instruct our solicitors.

You will be asked to provide proof of funding and to complete some ID checks (via our third party ID supplier, Thirdfort) - a full list of acceptable forms of ID and proof of address can be found here

05. Conveyancing and completion

At this point, you will also need to confirm the name and address of the solicitors that will be acting on your behalf. Once we receive your completed Authority to Proceed form we instruct our solicitors and pass on all relevant information to your solicitors. They then work together to agree a completion date with you. During this time, you will need to contact your solicitor for any progress updates.

If you have purchased additional shares but haven't staircased to 100% we will contact you after completion to reconfirm the revised rent and/or service charges that you will need to pay. If you have purchased 100% of your property then you will no longer have to pay Sovereign any rent but you may still need to pay ground rent and service charges, we will confirm this in writing following the completion.

Still have questions? 

We've put together an overview below of our Frequently Asked Questions. If you'd like to discuss your application or would still like further details, you can contact the team on or 0300 330 0718