The Guardian

Leaseholders facing ‘staggering’ bills for ex-council flats

The Guardian

Right-to-buy owners are up in arms after being charged £24k for a new communal heating system

The risk of buying ex-local authority property has been laid bare by a leaseholder who claims she has had to pay more than £24,000 for a new heating system and £2,000 to have her door painted.

Artist Michelle Baharier has lived on the Gilesmead estate in Camberwell, south London since 1993, first as a council tenant, then as a leaseholder since purchasing her flat through right to buy in 2008. Southwark council owns the freehold to the estate of 40 flats, 29 of which are owned by leaseholders.

Continue reading… February 8, 2020 at 12:39PM Emma Lunn

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