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How leaseholds work

When you buy your council home, you buy the leasehold interest in the property. We keep the freehold interest.

This leasehold is a legal agreement between you and us. Once the lease period ends, the rights over the land and building return to the council.

What you own

  • the walls, ceilings and floors inside your home
  • cisterns, tanks, drains, pipes, wires and ducts serving your home only
  • 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.

Join the leaseholder improvement panel

This panel will meet a few times a year and works with Home Ownership team to ensure best practice, high levels of performance and value for money. For further details see our Leaseholder Improvement Panel