Who owns what?
When you buy a property from the council, you buy a leasehold
interest in the property. The council keeps the freehold
Your lease is a legal agreement between you and the Council. At
the end of the lease period, the rights over the land and building
return to the Council.
What leaseholders own
As a leaseholder you own:
- The walls, ceilings and floors inside your home
- Cisterns, tanks, drains, pipes, wires and ducts serving your
- Glass in the windows
- Doors and door frames inside your home
- The surfaces of walls that are inside your home
- Gardens and pathways which lead to your home only and are
inside the legal boundaries of your home.
What Waltham Forest Council owns
As the freeholder, Waltham Forest Council owns:
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- The main structural parts of the building
- Joints and beams
- The front door, door frame and window frames (unless you have a
Deed of Variation)
- Pipes running through your home if they serve more than one
- Drains, gutters, pipes, cables, sewers and wires which serve
more than one home
- Shared hallways, corridors, stairways and doors
- Recreation areas outside your home, communal gardens and
- Shared TV aerials.