Alliance Homes owns the freehold of your block. When you purchase your flat or maisonette you are granted a leasehold interest in the property. As the freeholder we are responsible for managing and maintaining the structure and exterior of your home as well as communal services and areas. As the leaseholder you are responsible for repairs and improvements to the inside of your home and for services that are for your sole use.
For detailed information on your leasehold – including costs and responsibilities take a look at the information in the related items section on this page.
If you are a sheltered leaseholder, separate arrangements apply, so please take a look at the sheltered leaseholder's handbook.
For health and safety reasons, residents must have their gas appliances serviced annually. Alliance Homes can arrange for servicing and a gas safety check; the cost of this will be payable separately to your service charge. You may also be interested in signing up to a comprehensive 3* service contract. The contract includes the annual service and gas safety check, unlimited call outs for repairs and the cost of replacing many parts. For further information and details of the cost please contact the Leasehold Team.
If you choose to arrange the annual service and safety-check yourself, you must use an engineer who is registered with the Gas Safety Scheme and you must forward a copy of the certificate to Alliance Homes, confirming that your appliance has passed the annual test. Failure to do so may invalidate your insurance cover.
If you rent out your flat and it contains a gas appliance such as a gas fire or boiler, the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations Act 1998 applies to you. By law you must have your gas appliances checked for safety at least once a year.
We encourage leaseholders to get involved in decisions made about leasehold service. There are a few ways to get involved, for instance joining a Leaseholder Group to look at services in depth or attending the annual leaseholder meeting. To find out more get in touch with the leasehold team.