Leasehold ownership of a flat or maisonette relates to everything within the four walls including floorboards and plaster to the walls or ceilings but does not usually include the external or structural walls. The structure of the building your flat or maisonette is situated in and the land it stands on belongs to us (Cornwall Council).
Re-washer mains stopcock
Repair burst or leaking water pipe
Repair/replace water storage tank
Repair or replace bath, basin, sink, taps, WC. - You
Repair leaking waste pipe, trap, fitting etc., including branches up to the soil stack. - You
Clear blockage or repair to main soil stack, rain water pipes and gutters - Council
Flooring within flat
Roof structure and covering - Council
External window frames
Communal window frames
Flat entrance doors
Doors internal to flat
Forced entry to flat
Repairs to fitted units/cupboards in flat - You
Heating and hot water appliances
* You are responsible for your front door and frame, however it is vital that we minimise the spread of fire within all properties that have communal spaces (landings, corridors etc.). All doors that open onto communal spaces, should now meet a minimum standard of FD30S. This is a 30 minute fire door with intumescent fire and smoke seal and self closer. All fixtures and fittings must not compromise the rating of the door. If you are considering changing your door, or are concerned that your current door may not meet this standard, please do contact us on 0300 1234161 and we will arrange for one of the windows and doors team to contact you.
Note 1: The surfaces of these items which are internal to the lessee’s flat are the lessee’s responsibility to decorate.
Note 2: Where the Council has installed sealed PVCu windows, the Council will repair or replace the fittings and locks and arrange for any glazing repairs. However, we will charge for this service.
Note 3: Where the door is a composite of an external window (i.e. it is an integral part of the window – e.g. typically balcony doors) the Council will repair or replace the frame.
Note 4: Unless the damage is a consequence of the Council disturbing the decorations to carry out works to the structure. Where damage to decorations caused by water penetration as a result of a defect to the structure or the actions of other residents (e.g. over-flowing bath, washing machine etc.) leaseholders may be able to claim on Cornwall Housing Limited’s building insurance.