Information about council property leases, and where to get a copy of your lease.
If your property was originally purchased from the council under the right to buy scheme, it will have been sold on a long-lease basis. Your lease is a contract between you (the leaseholder) and us (East Riding of Yorkshire Council). It is a legal document that gives you the right to possession of your home for a fixed number of years (up to 125). The freeholder (the council) owns the building in which you live and is responsible for the structure of the building and any communal areas. Your lease tells you the terms and conditions that you need to abide by in order to retain ownership of your home, as well as our responsibilities as owner of the building.
In general, the main terms covered by the lease are:
More information about your rights and responsibilities as a leaseholder is contained in the following pdf document:
East Riding Leaseholders Handbook:Your Guide to Leasehold Home Ownership (pdf 2.73mb opens in new window)
Further information is also available on the GOV.UK website.
GOV.UK - Residential Long Leaseholders (external website)
We have several different types of lease that were inherited from the previous local authorities; it is important to refer to your own lease for its precise terms and conditions. If you do not have a copy of your lease you can obtain one from the Land Registry through their website, a charge is payable.
Apply for official copy of lease - Land Registry on GOV.UK (external website)
This information only applies to council leasehold properties that were originally purchased under the right to buy scheme, for information on other council leasehold properties please contact our valuations and estates team:
Tel: (01482) 393998.