Leaseholders

At SBHA, we have more than 900 leaseholders and shared owners.  Almost all flats in England and Wales are leasehold, as are all shared ownership houses.  Leasehold is currently the fastest growing form property ownership in the country.

We have a dedicated leasehold team who are responsible for managing your home, rent and service charges  

As a leaseholder, you are responsible for everything within the demise of your property, with the exception of pipes and drains that may serve other properties.

As your landlord and/or freeholder we remain the owner of the building and the land it stands on. We are responsible to ensure the maintenance and repair of the structure and exterior of the building.  Your lease agreement sets out these rights and obligations.

 

Leasehold repairs

If you own a Do It Yourself Shared Ownership (DIYSO) house or a house on one of our schemes, you are responsible for repairing the entire house. If you own a DIYSO flat, then the owner of your building (not us) will be responsible for the repair of the building and you repair the inside of your flat.

If you own a flat on a shared ownership lease on one of our schemes, we are responsible for the communal areas where you live. You are responsible for the repairs in your home.

We give the highest priority to the most urgent work. For some repairs we must consult residents before we can proceed.

Extending your lease

As the number of years left on a lease decreases, it becomes harder to sell and it may become difficult to raise a mortgage. To extend your lease, you'll need to make a one-off payment (known as a premium). The Leasehold Advisory Service have an online lease extension calculator, which will give you an indication of how much the premium for your home might be.

For more information, contact the Leasehold team on leaseholders.enquiries@sbhg.co.uk with your name and address or call 02089968940 to speak to the team directly.

 

 

Selling or renting your home?

If you require any certificates of compliance (for example a copy of the Fire Risk Assessment) for sale purposes or because you have permission form us to rent your home, please email us at compliance@sbhg.co.uk. We will provide the certificates within 10 working days.

Information on cladding safety

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in 2017, the Government has issued new guidance around fire safety in residential buildings. Read the latest cladding information here.