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Includes information about freehold estates where the owner has permanent ownership and can occupy and sell it at will and leasehold estates where the leaseholder must return it to the owner at the end of the period of the lease.



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Freeholds and leaseholds

Information about freehold ownership (where you own the property and the land on which it is built) and leasehold ownership (where you have the right to occupy and use a property for a specified term). Includes information on service charges and responsibility for repairs.

10 Living in leasehold flats

Basic guide to leasehold law. Explains your rights and responsibilities if you have just bought, or are thinking of buying, a flat or leasehold house.
Provided by LEASE- The Leasehold Advisory Service
1 Overview of leasehold law

If you are a leaseholder, you own the lease to your home, but the freeholder is the legal owner of the land on which the building is situated. This page only applies to England.
Provided by Shelter
6 Commonhold

Explains about the introduction of commonhold ownership for flat-owners, giving flat-owners new rights to own common parts of their building.
Provided by LEASE- The Leasehold Advisory Service
8 Service charges

Most leaseholders have to pay a contribution ('service charges') to cover the cost of maintaining the building in which they live. This explains what service charges are for and what to do if you don't agree with them.
Provided by Shelter
2 Leaseholders' rights

Outlines the legal rights you have if you live in a leasehold property. It explains the responsibilities leaseholders and freeholders have, and how disputes between them can be settled.
Provided by Shelter
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