A shared owner
You have purchased a share in your property and pay rent on the remaining share.
You have purchased a lease which is a legal agreement telling you how long you will own the property. Most flats are leasehold.
Your own your property outright including the land it is built on. We provide services which are paid for through your service charge.
Please refer to your lease for more details.
- Insurance (buildings and contents)
You are responsible for putting your own contents insurance in place.
We are responsible for arranging buildings insurance and will charge you a fee for the cost of this through your service charge.
Your buildings insurance covers the structure of your home including:
- Communal areas
This insurance protects these parts of your home against damage caused by:
- Criminal damage
Your buildings insurance does not cover:
- Your day to day home repairs and maintenance
- Wear and tear
If you make a claim you will probably be asked to pay an excess charge. The home ownership team can tell you how to make a claim.
- Rent and service charges
Paying your ground rent and service charge. Your lease will specify what your service charge pays for. Generally it is for things like maintaining door-entry systems, cleaning shared areas, grounds maintenance and buildings insurance.
Please remember that your rent will be reviewed on an annual basis.
If you are a leaseholder you may have to pay ground rent. Ground rent is the rent charged for the piece of land that your home is built on. It is usually a small amount and details of the cost and how often it is paid are set out in your lease.
Service charges are payments made to us for the services and maintenance. Service charges will differ from one area to another and will depend on the type of home and the terms of your lease.
For more information, please visit our service charges page.
- House maintenance and repairs
You must allow us access to your home to carry out repairs we are responsible for and to inspect the property.
Keeping your home in good repair. Your lease will stipulate repairs that are the responsibility of the leaseholder and those that the landlord is responsible for. Generally the landlord is responsible for repairs to communal areas and the external parts of the building, with the cost of these repairs passed on to the leaseholders. Leaseholders are generally responsible for looking after everything that is inside your home.
- Alterations and improvements
If you want to make any alterations, additions or improvements to your home, you’ll need permission in writing from us first.
If you are thinking about subletting your home the first step is to check your lease. If your lease states that subletting is allowed then you should contact the Home ownership team before entering into any agreement.
You will need to provide us with:
- Up to date contact details for yourself and the new tenant.
- A copy of the tenancy agreement made between yourself and the new tenant.
- Confirmation that your mortgage provider gives permission to let the property.
- Details of any managing agent.
It is important to be aware that you will continue to be responsible for all legal and financial aspects of the lease.
If your lease does not allow you to sublet we will not be able to grant you permission. If you sublet your property without permission we may take legal action.
- Major works
What are major works?
‘Major works’ is the terms we use to describe large-scale building projects that are carried out to keep your property in good condition. The works are carried out as part of an on-going maintenance programme.
These major works projects are planned in advance and include things like:
- Maintaining the structure of the building, external walls and roofs.
- Maintaining and upgrading items within the building for example lifts, door entry system and fire alarms.
- Maintaining the decoration of the building, for example painting the communal and external areas.
Occasionally major work is necessary in an emergency such as repairing a roof leak.
How are major works paid for?
Your lease will provide information about this. There may be a sinking fund that can be used or the cost may be invoiced to leaseholders when the works are completed. If you are concerned about meeting the cost of major works to your property you should discuss this with the home ownership team.
Major works vary in cost, but we will always make sure you know how much is being spent. If any leaseholder will need to contribute more than £250 (or £100 per year for a long term contract for a service such as grounds maintenance) we are required by law to start a consultation process with all leaseholders which is known as a ‘Section 20’ consultation. This is drawn from the landlord & Tenant Act 1985 and because the Act stipulates the procedure the language we use in the communications can often seem very formal and legal.
- Section 20
What is the Section 20 Consultation Process?
- We must serve you with a ‘Notice of Intention’ which describes the planned works we want to carry out or the service contract we want to set up. We will ask you for your written comments and for your preferences on contractors to carry out the works. You will have 30 days to respond with your comments, questions and nominations.
- After the first notice we make a record of your comments and ask a range of contractors to send estimates for the works.
- We must get at least two estimates. If contractors you have nominated are not on our list of preferred suppliers they can still be asked to provide an estimate but they will need to comply with our requirements in order to be successful.
- We will then send you a ‘Notice of Estimates’. This will give details of the estimates received. We will also send you a summary of the comments we’ve had from leaseholders together with our responses. We will explain where you can view all the estimates we received in more detail and invite you to make comments on them. We will consider all observations and comments received before making the decision of which contractor to appoint.
- If we choose a contractor who is not the cheapest and was not nominated by leaseholders, we will send you a ‘Notice of Reasons’ explaining why.
- Gas servicing
Having your gas boiler or other gas appliances serviced regularly to make sure they are working safely and efficiently.
- Telling us if you want to sell your home
If you want to sell your home, it's important you get in touch with us. Please see details below to get in contact with your local homeownership team.
- Service charges
As a freeholder, you may pay us service charges because you own your home through Right to Buy or have staircased as a shared owner to own 100% of your property. It will state in your title deeds or leases whether we can charge you.
We will only recover certain charges from you which tend to be to maintain external, communal areas (such as grounds maintenance, external cleaning, trees, etc).
Service charges are payments made to us for services and maintenance. Service charges will differ from one area to another and will depend on the type of home and the terms of your lease.
For more information, please visit our service charges page.
As a home owner your property is managed by our home ownership teams. If you’d like to get in touch please contact the home ownership team for your area by email:
Home ownership Wiltshire
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Home ownership Dorset
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Home ownership Somerset and South West
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