Your lease is a legal document that sets out the relationship between us and you. Your lease tells you:
You must also comply with the tenant’s covenants with landlord and other tenants for the management of your block and estate.
Our responsibilities are set out in the lease and are governed by law. We are responsible for:
You can find information about a number of leaseholder issues including service charges and independent advice on GOV.UK.
We are responsible for buildings insurance which covers the structure and common parts of the block, but not the contents of your home. The premium is included in your service charge and the amount depends on the number of bedrooms you have. We advise leaseholders to take out separate contents insurance. See information on our home contents insurance scheme.
Claims must be notified within 28 days of the event in the case of damage caused by riot, civil commotion, strikes, labour disturbances or malicious persons, or as soon as reasonably possible in the case of any other claim.
You will need to quote the main policy number when making a claim: 2019CP000111.
The policy insures the building against:
You are expected to take reasonable steps to safeguard your home, especially when it is unoccupied. These should include securing doors and windows, and reducing the risk of pipework freezing by either turning off the water system and draining it down, or maintaining low level heating, particularly overnight. If your property is left unoccupied, our buildings policy may not cover any damage.
If you want to rent your property to a tenant, you need to let us know first. If you don't, this may invalidate your buildings insurance and any claim you make may be refused.
You must tell us if you have changed any of your contact details, including your telephone number, email or home address.
It is important the information we hold about you is up-to-date so we can continue to write to you.
To update your contact details you need to complete the contact details form (PDF), which must be signed by all leaseholders associated with the property, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
The Edmonton Centre
36-44 South Mall
Failure to do so could affect the status of your buildings insurance.
If you're moving abroad, you must provide a contact address and details of a person or agent who can act on your behalf in England or Wales.
You must let us know if you rent out your property and provide contact details for you and your tenants as well as any managing agent in case we need to inspect the property or carry out repairs. You need to provide us with a contact address in England or Wales for us to send documents. We may also consider renting your property from you.
If you rent your property you will be responsible for your tenant's behaviour and ensuring they comply with the terms of your lease.
You will need to contact us if you are thinking about selling your property and may be required to offer it to us before putting it on the market. We may also agree to buy back your leasehold property if you want us to if certain conditions are met.
In order to sell your property on the open market you will usually need a resale pack which will give potential buyers information about the property. The charge for a resale pack is £180 and information for a re-mortgage is £90.
From 1 April 2019, all Enfield Council leaseholders who sublet their property must register each sublet with the Home Ownership Services Team. As the freeholder, it is important we have details of any subtenants residing in our blocks.
You will need to complete the sublet registration form (PDF) for each tenancy agreement and pay a one-off £35 fee. This must be signed by all leaseholders associated with the property and emailed to email@example.com or sent to:
The Edmonton Centre
36-44 South Mall
When we receive your registration form, we will send you the payment options and your unique subletting reference number (payment must not be made into your service charge account). Once the payment is received the sublet will be registered.
The subletting register has been added to your lease, to ensure we are accountable for all residents within our leasehold properties. The fee is to cover the admin and maintenance cost of the register and applies to leaseholders subletting privately, through a managing agent or housing association.
Failure to register could affect the status of your building’s insurance. We will also take the case to the Tribunal which could result in forfeiture of your lease.
The £35 charge does not apply to those subletting to Enfield Council. However, you’re still required to complete the registration form. For more information, view the new leaseholder flyer (PDF).