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Extra charges when you're an owner

These days i am seeing houses and flats built as part of a complex where several houses/flats that are 'sold' may have common areas such as roofs, walls, landings (indoor) and pavements, short roads (outdoor) that are shared and I've always assumed their maintenance is by an additional maintenance charge. Can someone enlighten me on this point and if at all possible direct me to a source of reference on how these things are managed and what buyers need to be aware of?

Asked on Aug 10 2016, General in England | Report content

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  • Flats tend to be leasehold, with maintenance of common parts the responsibility of a management company acting on behalf of the freeholder. There are rights to challenge the level of charges and for the owners to collectively take over the management. See for lots of useful information. Houses are somewhat different, they are likely to be freehold with covenants that set out responsibilities to maintain shared parts.

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    Answered on Aug 11 2016, Report content
  • Hi, Usually the costs are all shared on a basis of percentage of the floor area. Hope that helps. - Jeff

    Answered on Aug 30 2016, Report content

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