Leaseholders of flats and maisonettes receive service charge bills from the Council. These charges cover the leaseholders' share of the costs incurred by housing in managing, maintaining, repairing and improving the structure and communal parts of the block in which the flat is situated.
Service charges include, for example, the cleaning, lighting and day-to-day repairs of communal areas. In addition, leaseholders will also be charged their contribution towards more substantial work such as painting, major roof repairs, full window replacement scheme, etc. Such work is planned in advance (rather than responsive) and we will advise you before any such work is started, and ask you for your views.
Other charges required to be paid by leaseholders are ground rent (currently £10 per annum) and building insurance.
Leaseholders’ Rights and Responsibilities
Leaseholders have certain rights and responsibilities. For example, you have the right for the service charges to be reasonable and the right to be consulted on major repairs to the building. You also have a responsibility to pay those service charges in full and on time and a responsibility to keep the internal parts of the flat in good repair.
You can also get some general information on the rights and responsibilities of leaseholders from the Leasehold Advisory Services
For more information on long leases please contact Bassetlaw District Council.
Last Updated on Tuesday, April 23, 2019