As a Dartford Borough Council leaseholder you have purchased the right to live in your property for a fixed number of years (usually 125). The Council is the landlord of the block and estate, and you are the leaseholder of the property.
Your lease is the legal contract between you and the Council. It gives you and your successors the right of possession of your property, as long as you accept and adhere to the conditions in the lease.
The Leaseholders' Handbook PDF, 350.46 KB contains all you need to know about your rights and the Council's responsibilities.
Repairs and Maintenance
We are responsible for keeping the structure of the building, the common parts of your block and any external communal areas in a good state of repair. You have the right to be consulted about contracts (qualifying long term agreements), and certain works and/or major repairs (qualifying works), for which you will be charged a proportionate amount. For more information see the Leaseholders Guide to Consultation for Major Works and Long Term Contracts PDF, 42.32 KB
As a leaseholder, your buildings insurance is provided by the Council. To keep your insurance valid, you need to let us know of any changes to your property that might affect your policy.
We need to know if you have extended your home or had a conservatory built, if you run a business from home or you let your property to tenants. You may not be able to claim on your insurance if we are not informed of these changes as they happen, so don't leave yourself without cover.
As your buildings insurance does not cover storm damage to fences, gates and hedges, you may wish to consider taking out extra insurance for your future peace of mind.
You should also remember that it is your responsibility to take out your own home contents insurance.
If you have any doubt about what you should be telling us about, please contact us on 01322 343368.