Rights and responsibilities
Leaseholders own a long term tenancy for a fixed period, usually
99 or 125 years. Leasehold flats are part of a larger building
which share communal elements of the structure, e.g. roof,
stairways and halls, these parts of the building are maintained by
the freeholder, mhs homes.
The lease details the legal agreement between mhs homes (the
freeholder) and you (the leaseholder). Both parties have rights and
responsibilities in maintaining the property and the building it
Click on the link to see an example of a lease (PDF 44.5KB)
What are my rights and responsibilities as a leaseholder?
You are responsible for maintaining everything inside your
- ceiling boards
- plaster and tiling (walls and floors)
- gas, electricity, water and central heating (including internal
pipes and cabling)
- window glass & fittings
- front doors- please click on the following link for
information on updating your front door to a fire rated door.
information (PDF 120KB)
- fixtures and fittings inside the property e.g. kitchens and
- any internal decoration
You are also responsible for:
- Paying the ground rent and service charges when they are
- Paying all charges relating to the property such as Council
Tax, Ground Rent and Water Rates.
- Getting our written permission before carrying out any major
building alterations (e.g. refitting a kitchen)
- Not causing a nuisance to neighbours. Residents have the right
to quiet enjoyment of their homes.
- Keeping the parts of the property that you are responsible for
in good condition.
- Advising us in writing if you sell or sublet your home and pay
the necessary fee.
- Providing us with an away address if you decide to
- Reporting any damage to the building to mhs homes on 01634
For more information about your rights and responsibilities
please refer to your lease, the leaseholders
handbook (PDF 1.33MB) or contact us on 01634 565333 or
What are the freeholder (mhs
- Arranging an insurance policy for your building
- Consulting you about any works to the building that will cost
more than £250 for your share
- Consulting you about any contract that will last for more than
12 months or cost you more than £100 a year
- Producing audited service charge accounts at the end of the
- Keeping the structure, common parts and outside of the property
in good repair