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What are the pros and cons of a tyneside flat?

I want to buy property in Gosforth. A lot of the places are tyneside flats but I am wary of things like who is responsible for roof maintenance, outside space etc. How does this ownership work? Has anyone had any good/bad experiences?

Asked on Jun 27 2013, General in Newcastle upon Tyne | Report content

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  • The best way to get some good advice regarding these properties is speaking with a local conveyancer who will know everything about these types of properties.

    Answered on Feb 5 2014, Report content
  • Hi! Most Tyneside flats and also the semi flats in Newcastle are leasehold and the upper flat owns the freehold of the lower flat and vice -versa. There is often only " a peppercorn" ground rent. If I remember correctly the upper flat owner has responsibility for the roof and as the lower flat owner owns the then upper flat freeholdt they can enforce required repairs.I would think that in practice both owners would share the cost, but then it all depends on the owners I guess. If the roof is in a poor state of repair then it's not in anyones interest, but then there are so many Tyneside flats rented out and in a less than good state of repair-especially in Heaton-maybe less so in Gosforth who knows. I always prefferred the semi-detatched flats as at least you didn't have the potential for noise on both sides, and fewer have had the upper flats converted into 4/5 bed maisonettes. The thought of having 5 people going up and down the stairs at what's essentially the other side of your llving room wall is enough to make one cringe.I also dislike the bathrroms stuck out at the back of the kitchen. Many have individual private back yards downstairs,and if not you should be able to put a fence up to separate as long as there are 2 ways out onto the back street for rubbish collection etc.

    Answered on Jul 9 2014, Report content

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