Leasing a flat or house
This content applies to England only.
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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 about how it may be possible to buy the freehold to a leasehold property.
Explains how and when the lease on a property can be extended. There are different rules for flats and houses.
Explains how Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (LVTs) can help settle certain disputes between freeholders and leaseholders.