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Housing Leaseholders

There are two types of leaseholders, either Retirement Living leaseholder/shared owners or Right to Buy leaseholders.

Right To Buy Leaseholders 

If you have bought a council flat or maisonette, either directly through the 'Right to Buy' scheme or from a previous owner, you are a Right to Buy leaseholder. This means you have purchased a long lease on your home but the building (freehold) is still owned and managed by the council.

Retirement Living Leaseholders 

At Wealden we have built up expertise over many years in managing retirement housing. We have a number of schemes across the district which contain properties available to purchase under our shared ownership scheme. If you have some capital and/or are considering selling your property then the retirement shared ownership scheme may be just the opportunity you need.

Retirement Living leaseholders/shared owners either own the whole lease or a share in the lease with the council owning the remaining share. In all cases the council owns the freehold.

If you would like to find out about the retirement living housing being offered by the council view our Retirement Living pages.

Service Charges 

All leaseholders will pay service charges for the services that they receive such as grounds maintenance, window cleaning, communal cleaning etc..

Your Lease

For both types of leaseholders your lease details your rights and responsibilities in relation to your property. In addition the council has produced a handbook to help you understand the details of your lease.

View our handbooks here: