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Rights and responsibilities

In general, the leaseholder is responsible for the maintenance and repair of anything within the property. This includes pipes and cables as soon as they pass through the walls and the internal plasterwork. The Council is then responsible for the exterior structure of your property.

The summary below identifies the responsibility for a number of common property repairs, but should not be considered an exhaustive list.


What you are responsible for


  • All repairs to the inside of your flat
  • All glass in your windows
  • Decorations inside your flat
  • All fixtures and fitting inside your flat, for example kitchen units and a bathroom suite
  • Any damage to the common parts and services caused by you or a visitor of your household.
  • The annual servicing of gas appliances

What we are responsible for


  • Roof, drains, gutters and pipes on outside of your home
  • External entrance doors
  • Communal stairs and landing
  • Window frames and sills ( Not including glass)
  • All external paint work
  • Paths, steps and associated handrails
  • Fencing around shared areas
  • Outbuildings and drying areas
  • Sharing water pipes, water tanks, gas pipes and electrical wiring
  • Light fittings in shared areas
  • Controlled door-entry systems
  • Decorations in shared areas