Leasehold

Last Modified January 23, 2019


If you live in a flat or maisonette, Blackpool Council hold the freehold of the building and Blackpool Coastal Housing as your Landlord will manage your Lease on the council's behalf. Although the Lease gives you the right of possession it does not give you ownership of the property for the period stated in the lease.

What is a Lease?

The Lease is your legal agreement with the Landlord and sets out your rights and responsibilities; for example, your payment of Service Charges, Ground Rent and Buildings Insurance Premium, your obligations relating to consent to improvements you may wish to undertake, allowing access for repairs and programmed works and the tenancy conditions connected with neighbourhood issues. The Lease also sets out the Landlords responsibilities.

Service Charges

Your service charges cover the cost of services you receive on an annual basis. They are reviewed every year and may increase if the cost of services increases. You will receive invoices in April and October each year which split the annual charges into two separate amounts.

The first invoices, which are sent in April, covers the annual ground rent charge, the annual building insurance premium and the first half-year service charges based on estimated figures.

The second invoices, which are sent in October, cover the second half-year service charges. These are based on actual figures and will also include any amendments, for example; if the estimated figures were too high, it will include the amount due to be credited to you or; if the estimated figures were too low, it will include the additional amount you will need to pay.

For more information on our Leasehold service please take a look at our Leasehold Handbook

You can also read our latest Leasehold newsletter here.

Miscellaneous Service Charges

Please note that the following fees and charges for work we carry out are not included in your annual service charges and must be paid in advance of the service requested and the information/consent will not be released until payment is received.

Miscellaneous Service Charges

Service Requested 

Charge 

 VAT at 20%

Total Charge 

Enquiries relating to assigning/selling your lease (usually requested by your solicitor)

 £75

 £15

 £90

Notice of assignment registration

£100 

£20 

£120 

Copy of your lease (paper or electronic)

 £5

£1 

£6 

Consent/retrospective for internal or external works

£50 

£10 

£60 

Consent/retrospective for internal or external works if visit(s) required

 £100

 £20

 £120

Cheques should be made payable to Blackpool Council. Please contact the Homeownership Team with any requests on 01253 477900 or email: homeownership@bch.co.uk.