Types of repairs and responsibilities

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Owning your home - leaseholder - leasehold handbook, Owning your home - leaseholders.

Plumbing

Repairs to mains stopcock

  • To block – housing company
  • Inside flat – leaseholder.

Repair burst or leaking water pipe

  • Up to and including main stopcock – housing company
  • Inside flat – leaseholder
  • In communal areas – housing company.

Repair/replace water storage tank

  • Communal – housing company
  • Individual – leaseholder.
  • Repair or replace bath, basin, sink, taps, WC – leaseholder
  • Repair leaking waste pipe, trap, fitting etc, including branches up to the soil stack – leaseholder
  • Clear blockage or repair leak to main soil stack, rainwater pipes and gutters – housing company
  • Renew rainwater pipes and gutters – housing company

    High rise

  • Monthly water hygiene checks to pumped domestic water supply – housing company
  • Repair pumped domestic water supply – housing company.

Roofing

  • Roof structure and covering – housing company
  • Fascias and soffits – housing company.

Outbuildings

  • Sold with your flat (coloured grey on lease plan) – leaseholder
  • Remaining outbuildings – housing company.

Carpentry

  • Communal flooring – housing company

Flooring within flat

  • Joists/wall plates – housing company
  • Concrete floor slab – housing company
  • Sleeper walls – housing company
  • Floor boards – leaseholder
  • Concrete floor screed – leaseholder
  • Floor tiles – leaseholder
  • Skirting boards – leaseholder.

Staircase repairs

  • Communal – housing company
  • Inside flat – leaseholder

Windows

  • Communal – housing company
  • Individual (external frame) – housing company
  • Individual (internal frame and sill) – leaseholder
  • Fixtures/fittings/locks – leaseholder
  • Glass – leaseholder.

Doors – including frame, door, fixtures, fittings, locks and glazing

  • Communal entrance to block – housing company
  • Internal communal doors – housing company
  • Individual flat door to street – leaseholder
  • Individual flat door to common area – the housing company
  • Internal to flat – leaseholder.

Repairs to fitted units/cupboards in flat – leaseholder.

Boundary fencing

  • ‘T’ marked on lease plan – leaseholder
  • Remaining fencing – housing company.

Electrical

Communal 

  • Rewiring – housing company
  • Repair/renewal of fittings – housing company
  • Repair to door entry systems, including equipment within flats – housing company.

High-rise blocks

  • Monthly checks/repairs to emergency lighting – housing company
  • Monthly checks/repairs to extractor fans – housing company
  • Shared laundry/dryers – housing company
  • CCTV – housing company
  • Lifts – housing company.

Individual

  • Repairs to all fuses (excluding LEB mains) – leaseholder
  • Renewal of consumer unit (fuse board) – leaseholder
  • Rewiring – leaseholder
  • Repair/renewal of fittings – leaseholder
  • Repairs to individual doorbells – leaseholder.

Heating

Heating and hot water appliances

  • Communal system, excluding equipment solely used inside flat – housing company
  • Individual system – leaseholder.

Bricklaying

Chimney/chimney stack

  • Repairs to brickwork/mortar- housing company
  • Repairs to flashing- housing company
  • Chimney sweeping – leaseholder.

Property walls

  • Brickwork- housing company
  • Mortar- housing company.

Boundary walls

  • ‘T’ marked on lease plan – leaseholder
  • Remaining walls – housing company.

Balconies

  • Repairs to bricks/mortar- housing company
  • Concrete/tiled floor- housing company.

Outbuildings

  • Sold with your flat (coloured grey on lease plan) – leaseholder
  • Remaining outbuildings – the housing company

Bin Sheds

  • Repair to brickwork/mortar – housing company

Plastering

  • Internal communal areas – housing company
  • Render to external brickwork – housing company
  • Inside your flat – leaseholder.

Concrete

  • Shared paths (coloured blue on the lease plan) – housing company
  • Drying areas – housing company
  • Shared steps – housing company.

Miscellaneous

  • Damage caused by you, members of your household or visitors – leaseholder.
  • Foundations – housing company.

Painting

  • External communal items including windows, handrails, fascias and soffits and outhouse doors – housing company
  • Internal communal areas – housing company
  • Inside your flat – leaseholder.

Drainage

  • Unblock external drains to block – housing company
  • Unblock internal pipes to sink/bath or WC – leaseholder
  • Unblock communal refuse chutes – housing company.

TV aerials

  • Communal – housing company
  • Individual – leaseholder.

Gas servicing

  • Appliances inside your flat (annually) – leaseholder
  • Shared flue – housing company.

All repairs detailed above are subject to inspection.

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