Leaseholders - Your Lease
Your property lease informs you of your duties and responsibilities as a leaseholder and the Council's responsibilities to you as your landlord.
When you buy the lease you do not buy the flat itself, you just buy a lease for a period of time not more than 125 years which gives you the right to live in the property for an agreed period of time.
Your lease will contain details of the property including a map showing your home, the block it is in, the estate where the block is located and any garden, shed or garage included in the sale. The estate in the lease is your boundaries of responsibility and you will be expected to pay a proportion of all works carried out to the estate set out in the lease.
The lease informs you of your duties and responsibilities as a Leaseholder and the Council's responsibilities to you as your Landlord. Not all leases are the same, so you should always check the terms of your lease or seek independent legal advice if in doubt.
If you are a Leaseholder and break the terms of your lease, you could risk losing your home.
Extending the period of your lease
Leaseholders have the right to extend their lease under legislation. The process involves Leaseholders being given a new lease with a 90 year term plus the remaining term of the old lease.
If you need to know exactly how many years are left on your lease, your first port of call would be your sale documents. This should detail the date on which your lease started. *note this may not be the date you bought the lease for the dwelling as this is dated at the date the first property within that block was sold* If you do not have a copy of your sale documents then you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alterations and additions to your leasehold property
It is a requirement of your lease that you cannot carry out alterations or additions to the property without first putting your request in writing to the Housing team.
Examples of alterations include knocking through a wall, adding doors/windows. An addition would include building an extension or conservatory.
Brentwood Borough Council will either give consent or deny permission within 21 days of receipt of your request in writing.
If the Leaseholder has already carried out alterations before obtaining permission
If you have already carried out the work before obtaining permission, then you may be in breach of your lease and may have difficulty in selling the property, as the property may no longer comply with the requirements of the existing lease. Consent is required before alterations and additions can be made. If permission is denied, you may be required to return the property to it's original condition.
Please note: That approval will be required separately for planning permission and/or building control for most alterations or additions.