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Leasehold properties

Repairs and maintenance

If you buy a council flat, you will become a leaseholder and the Council remain the owner.

This means that you will be responsible for the interior of your home whilst your landlord (the Council), will be responsible for looking after the structure and exterior of the block. You will have to pay for day-to-day repair works through annual service charges.

Repair responsibilities

All internal items, i.e. repairs in your flat or maisonette. These would include;

  • internal glazing (ie glazed partitions and fanlights above internal doors)
  • ceiling linings, which are usually plasterboard (but not the joists, beams or concrete floors)
  • all fixtures and fittings in your home unless they are the Council's.  An example of Council fixture might be door entry phone cable and phone
  • own central heating system (except District Heating schemes).  Gas Safe recommend a service of gas appliances every 12 months
  • meter box, if fitted
  • Carpentry and electrical
  • all internal doors, timber skirtings, architraves and similar trim
  • all plaster and other linings or coverings to floors, walls and ceilings in your home
  • entrance door and frame to your home (day-to-day repairs, for example door furniture)
  • Plumbing
  • any water tank serving your home solely (if the water tank serves other flats as well as yours then the Council will repair it)
  • all plumbing and electrical services in your home
  • internal soil stack
  • Decorating
  • all internal decorations

Windows

All windows and frames should be fitted by the Council, but if you or a previous leaseholder has fitted new windows without obtaining housing management permission and the windows are in-situ, the situation will be recognised but not construed as permission given and therefore the Council will not take responsibility. You will then be responsible for the complete maintenance of these windows in perpetuity. Should any future problems be encountered with the external structure and this is later found to be as a result of this installation, then you will be liable for any costs incurred to rectify the situation.

  • We will consult with leaseholders before we enter into any long term agreements to provide services together with a price for carrying out works above the value of £250.00.

Last updated Monday, 27th March 2017

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