For Leaseholders /
General Information and Guide
The Leaseholders’ Handbook provides important information for leaseholders and anyone thinking of buying a council leasehold flat.
Click here to download the Leaseholders’ Handbook
(PDF format - 4.37MB)
Who is it for?
- leaseholders in a Colchester Borough Council block of flats
- council tenants who are thinking of buying the leasehold of their flat
- anyone who is thinking of buying a flat from a leaseholder
What is it for?
- It is to explain your rights and responsibilities as a leaseholder, and the council’s rights and responsibilities as the landlord of your block.
- It gives help and advice about being a leaseholder in a shared block of flats and tells you about the services you are entitled to.
- It explains about service charges, why you have them, and how we can help if you have problems paying them.
- Report a repair that is not your responsibility
- We are responsible for keeping the 'common parts' of your block in good repair. This means we will look after the structure of the building and landings and hallways (including lighting, controlled door-entry systems and so on).
If you would like to report a repair then please provide as much detail as you can about the problem and the repair that is needed by clicking here.
When you buy a flat in a building owned by the Council, you buy a leasehold interest in the property. This means that you are legally responsible to pay a proportion of the
running and management costs for your block. These costs are called service charges.
to find out more about service charges. You can find out about your legal rights and obligations here
Dealing with Condensation
We regularly have reports of problems each year caused by condensation. Please download this document to get some tips on how to reduce the problem of condensation in your home.