Leaseholders

Who owns what?

When you buy a property from the council, you buy a leasehold interest in the property. The council keeps the freehold interest.

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 home only
  • 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:

  • 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 home
  • 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 parking areas
  • Shared TV aerials.
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