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This section contains information about your lease with the council.

If you buy your flat or maisonette under the Government's 'Right To Buy' scheme or from someone who already owns the property you purchase the lease of that property. 

This gives you the legal right to stay in your home for the period of the lease as long as you adhere to the conditions set out in the lease. When you buy a flat or maisonette you are responsible for the maintenance inside of that property. The Council still owns the exterior and communal areas of the building in which you live and they have responsibility for repairing and maintaining those areas. You will be charged for any repairs and maintenance which are carried out to these areas, as well as an insurance and a management charge and you will pay for them through an annual service charge.

PDF Document The Leaseholder Handbook (PDF, 396KB)Opens new window contains useful and practical information about your lease with the council.  The handbook is designed to be easily used as a point of reference but should you need more information or wish to discuss any issues, please contact the Leasehold Officer on 01792 635223.

You can also email  for any enquiries relating to leasehold or ex-council flat leasehold properties sold under the Right to Buy.




Leaseholder's Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs about leaseholding.

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