Council owned freehold on private flat
I am looking at buy a flat in a converted house. The house consists of two flats (built circa 1907). The woman who owned the flat downstairs took up the right to buy her council flat; the woman upstairs did not and so it remains in council ownership. The council therefore own the freehold on the house. What are the risks of buying a private flat in a council owned freehold? I hear horror stories of the council making massive financial demands for works, unannounced and working to their own schedule without consultation. I imagine there is less control over choosing your own contractors, but sharing a freehold with another private owner can be fraught with difficuty also. Is the council really likely to be any worse? The structure of the house and the roof seem very sound (though survey not done yet). Any thoughts / related experiences on this would be appreciated.
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