LeaseholdersLast updated: 19 September 2011 15:35 UK
Leasehold ownership is simply a long tenancy, the right to occupation and use of a property for a long period - the 'term' of the lease. Ownership of the property usually includes everything within the four walls, including floorboards and plaster to walls or ceilings, but does not usually include the external or structural walls. The structure of the building and the land it stands on belongs to the landlord - which for our properties is Portsmouth City Council.
A lease is a private contract between the leaseholder and the landlord and it sets out the contractual obligations of the two parties, what the leaseholder has contracted to do and what the landlord is bound to do.
Repairs and maintenance obligationsWe are responsible for:
- communal gardens and pathways
- communal staircases or corridors
Structural and exterior repairs
- external doors and frames
- external walls
- foundations to the building
- service pipes and ducts
- window frames.
It's usual for the leaseholder to contribute a share of the costs incurred for this work.
You are responsible for:
- ceiling plaster and plasterboards
- floor surface, including floorboards, within the dwelling
- glass to windows within the dwelling
- internal non-structural walls
- plumbing and wiring within the dwelling
- wall plaster and plasterboards.