Leaseholds were initially implemented for flats and apartments with shared facilities, but in recent years there has been an increase in selling leasehold new-build houses, and there are now around 1.4million in England.
It’s no secret that there is a housing crisis. It has now reached such a critical point that we need to build at least 250,000 new homes every year to get anywhere near close to meeting the ever-growing demand.
And while we are all aware of the need for thousands of new homes, what we do have a problem with is houses popping up on our green land when we can patently see run-down sites across the UK that are not being utilised.
Buying a house has a certain sense of inevitability to it. You find a house you like, you put in an offer, your offer gets accepted. Meanwhile your house it on the market, you get an offer and you accept it. In a perfect world that would be it – job done.
However, there’s a lot more to it than just offers and acceptances. There are the estate agents, the valuations and the viewings. Not to mention keeping your house clean and tidy for as long as it takes. The solicitors to instruct, the surveyors and energy performance certificates and, of course, when everything is set and agreed you find yourself part of a chain.