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Leasehold Management Pack - Leasehold information for flats

(Last Updated: 04/09/2023)
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Key Takeaways
  • The Leasehold Management Pack is bundle of documents purchased by the seller of a leasehold property and is also referred to as the Management or Freeholder Pack
  • The Leasehold Information Pack contains information about the freehold management, ground rent and service charges, and forms a part of the formal leasehold enquiries that a seller needs to provide to the buyer
  • The leasehold information pack cost isn't standardised so the seller should speak to the freeholder or managing agent to confirm the cost for their flat and find out the estimated turn around - it can take weeks.

It is often the case that sellers have some of the information provided within the leasehold information pack such as ground rent receipts, however this will not suffice for the purposes of the buyer as they require other more detailed information that you won't have knowledge of such as future planned maintenance works.

Just after instruction of the solicitor and receipt of the TA7 (Leasehold Information Form) from the seller, the seller's solicitors submits an LPE1 form to the Freeholder / Managing Agents. There is normally a fee to pay the Freeholder / Managing Agent for compiling this information and this is paid before the information is release. You can see what questions are asked in an LPE1 form here - The Law Society Leasehold Property Enquiries Form LPE1

What is a Leasehold Property?

A leasehold property is where you only own the leasehold for a fixed period of time. You'll have a legal agreement with the landlord (sometimes known as the 'freeholder') called a 'lease'. This tells you how many years you'll own the property. Ownership of the property returns to the landlord when the lease comes to an end however leases can be as high as 999 years long.

You can read our simple guide on everything you need to know about what to do when Buying a Leasehold Property.

What is included in a Leasehold Management Pack?


    Ground Rent Statement

Evidence of current ground rent paid and any ground rent due and the monthly/annual charge. This information is used to prove your ground rent has been paid and to apportion any amounts to you or that you owe on completion.


    Service Charge Statement

Evidence of current service charges paid and any ground rent due and the monthly/annual charge. As above, this will be used in an apportionment calculation. There is also information provided about any reserves held for service charges for future planned maintenance.


    Major works plans

Planned future works - also known as major works - are important for any buyer as they'll need to understand what repair work costs they are going to be liable for.

Download Guide for getting a Leasehold Pack
Details timelines and ways to speed up the process from months to weeks.


    Last 3 years of annual accounts for Management Company

The last 3 years of accounts of the management company shows how profitably the company has been trading. It is important for a buyer to know that the freehold is going concern and is managing the freehold and communal areas properly with sufficient cash reserves to cover any disasters such as roof repairs.


    Form EWS1 External Wall Fire Review

A review for leasehold blocks of flats over 18 meters to review the external materials used and confirm if combustible or not. Learn more: Form EWS1 External Wall Fire Review

The Deed of Certificate is not included in the leasehold information pack

If the lease is eligible for leaseholder protections the seller will be required to provide a deed of certificate evidencing that the lease is protected and the protections will transfer to the new owner.


    Asbestos Survey

Asbestos could be present in any pre-2000 building. The asbestos survey will clarify if asbestos is present and if any risk is posed to residents.


    Buildings Insurance

It is the Freeholder's obligation to ensure that adequate buildings insurance cover is in place. A copy of the policy should be provided in the pack. Whilst the freeholder/managing agent organises the insurance the leaseholders have to pay for the cost shared between them.


    Notice fees, deed of covenant fees, and other freeholder fees

The pack includes costs the buyer will have to pay the freeholder after completion.


    Disputes & Enfranchisement

Any leaseholder disputes are listed along with any current action being taken in relation to enfranchisement (someone buying the freehold), extension of the lease (Read more about Extending your lease), right to manage or right to enfranchise company.

Download Guide for getting a Leasehold Pack
Details timelines and ways to speed up the process from months to weeks.

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