Being a leaseholder

What is a leaseholder?

A leaseholder is a person that holds a lease of a flat or maisonette from Northampton Borough Council (the landlord). The leaseholder is the legal owner of the flat for the period of their lease. 

The lease

The lease is is a legal agreement between you (the leaseholder) and Northampton Borough Council (the Landlord). Every leaseholder has an equal responsibility for making sure that its terms and conditions are met. Your lease includes a plan showing your property edged in red. It will show any part of the tenancy that was included in the sale, such as:

  • garden
  • storeroom
  • parking space

The building where your flat is located is part of an estate. This may be as small as a single block containing two flats or a larger area containing several blocks in a common area. The estate is shown edged in blue on the plan (curtilage).

Our Responsibility

As the landlord, we are responsible for providing common services including maintaining the exterior of the block and common parts.

Service charges

Our charges are based upon the services we provide. We know these vary. Most leases require the cost of the service to be shared equally between all the properties benefiting from the service. We have a duty to collect the leaseholder's share of these costs. The cost of building insurance (communal areas, structure and exterior only) is included in the service charge. 

Not all leaseholders receive all the services. You are only charged for the services that are provided to your building and estate.