Leasehold services are based within the Customer Services Directorate of Newark and Sherwood Homes, within the Tenancy and Estates Team.
This service area covers a wide range of services, some of which are provided by other directorates. Our aim is to ensure that all the Council's leaseholders have access to all these services and have a direct link to our leasehold service should they wish to discuss the terms and conditions of their lease or if they require any advice or information.
WHAT IS LEASEHOLD?
Leasehold ownership is basically a long tenancy, that is, the right to occupy your flat for a set period of time (known as the 'term' of the lease). This period is usually for 99 or 125 years.
Ownership usually consists of everything within the property including the floorboards, plastering to the walls and ceilings and all items that serve the property alone. Your landlord has responsibility for the maintenance and repair of the building and owns the structure and communal areas including the land it stands on.
WHAT IS A LEASE?
A Lease is the legally binding document that sets out the responsibilities of both the landlord and the leaseholder. This may include certain conditions on the use and occupation of the property.
When a lease is sold, the seller assigns all the rights and responsibilities of the lease to the purchaser together with any future service charges that have not been identified and may also include charges due that have not yet been paid.
THINKING OF BUYING A LEASEHOLD FLAT?
If you are considering buying a Council-owned leasehold flat please ensure that your solicitor explains the details of the lease clearly. Although we will be pleased to answer any queries we would always advise you to ensure that you seek professional, independent advice before you go ahead with the purchase either on the open market or through the 'Right to Buy'.
WHAT ARE SERVICE CHARGES?
Service charges are the variable costs that require a contribution from a leaseholder for the day-to-day repair, maintenance and management of the building of which their leasehold property forms part. The lease will detail the relevant proportion of these costs and what items or services are applicable.
This service area is responsible for the annual billing of these charges. An information leaflet is sent out with each account that answers some of the most frequently asked questions.
WHAT ABOUT GROUND RENT AND BUILDINGS INSURANCE?
Please note that ground rent (the rental payment for the ground your property stands on) and buildings insurance premiums are invoiced separately by Newark and Sherwood District Council's Finance Department. Our team will be pleased to assist you with your enquiries, however, if you wish to contact us, call 0845 258 5550.
DO YOU HAVE A LEASEHOLDERS HANDBOOK OR GUIDE?
Our Leaseholders Handbook was sent out to all our leaseholders in June 2007 and now forms part of our 'Welcome Pack'. If you are a leaseholder and have not received a copy please contact our Leasehold Officer.
WHAT ABOUT CONSULTATION?
Newark and Sherwood Homes appreciate that not everyone has the time to attend meetings or become involved as much as others, therefore we have established a register of leaseholders who ould like to be kept informed of the latest developments and give constructive feedback on our proposed policies and procedures relevant to the leasehold service.
If you would like to be included on our register please contact the Tenancy and Estates Team who will be pleased to take your details and provide further information.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
Free advice and guidance on all aspects of the leasehold system may be obtained from:
LEASE (The Leasehold Advisory Service)
Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7BN.
Tel: 020 7383 9800
Fax: 020 7383 9849
LEASE are an independant agency funded by government grant:
Communities and Local Government
PO Box No.236
Wetherby LS23 7NB
Tel: 0870 1226 236
Fax: 0870 1207 405
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