Most flat owners will be leaseholders, even if they also own a share of the freehold. This section explains your rights as a leaseholder and how to settle disputes about service charges, among other things.
It also tells you how to extend your lease or buy the freehold, and who's responsible for arranging and paying for repairs.
Outlines the legal rights and responsibilities leaseholders have. Most flat owners are leaseholders.
Information on service charges, which most leaseholders have to pay, as a contribution to maintenance and repair costs.
Explains the rules on ground rent, which most leaseholders have to pay to the freeholder as one of the conditions of their lease.
Explains who is responsible for arranging (and paying for) repairs in leasehold properties, and how disagreements can be settled.
Information on how leaseholders of houses can normally extend their lease for 50 years.
Explains the right most flat owners have to extend the lease on their homes by 90 years, and what's involved in the process.
Leaseholders of houses normally have to buy the freehold after owing the lease for at least two years, but will have to pay all of the legal fees involved.
Leaseholders of flats may be able to buy a share of the freehold of the building by getting together with other flat owners in the building. There will be legal fees involved.
If your freeholder wants to sell the freehold, s/he normally has to give you the opportunity to buy it before offering it to anyone else (the 'right of first refusal').
Explains how Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (LVTs) can help settle certain disputes between freeholders and leaseholders.