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Lease laws

What laws apply to leases?

Leasehold properties are governed by many different regulations. We've listed a brief outline below:

Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended) section 18-22

  • section 18 - defines what is a service charge
  • section 19 - talks about the reasonableness of charges (both reasonableness of cost, and reasonable standard of works charged for)
  • section 20 - sets out the way we must consult with you on major repairs and improvements and the timescales for invoicing you for works and more
  • section 21 - sets out that we must provide you with a regular statement of account and the format that it must be in. It also sets out when a service charge can be withheld and what documents should accompany any demand for payment
  • section 22 - sets out your rights to inspect the supporting documents used to calculate your service charge

Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 section 71-178

  • sections 71-113 - set out the details of the right to manage
  • sections 114 - 128 - set outs the details of leasehold enfranchisement (ie when leaseholders buy the freehold from their landlord)
  • sections 129 -136 - set out the right to renew your lease
  • sections 137 -149 - talk about leasehold houses and are not relevant to any of our housing stock
  • sections 150 - 155 - update and improve the rights formally given to you under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 has been amended to include these improvements)
  • sections 167-172 - set out the rules for forfeiture of lease