Generally, we are responsible for maintaining and repairing the structure and outside of your property and any communal areas (although we recharge leaseholders for the costs of repairs). You are responsible for the inside of your home including the fixtures and fittings.
Repairs ECC are responsible for
• Communal areas (doors, windows, stairs, lights, floors ceilings)
You can report a fault or problem to the Housing Repair Team using one of the following methods:
Repairs the leaseholder is responsible for
• Door locks and other door furniture
When you buy a leasehold property you will have to pay your share of the repairs and improvements we carry out on communal areas. Under the terms of your lease you are obliged to contribute to the cost of the repair of the whole block or building in which your flat is situated, as well as to your own individual flat.
If you are uncertain about whether you are responsible for a particular repair you should contact the Repairs Team at the Council. If the Council carries out a repair for you that is your responsibility you may be recharged for the costs of the repair.
Gas appliance safety checks
It is the responsibility of every leaseholder to ensure that their gas appliances are safe. Each leaseholder will need to make their own arrangements for appliances to be serviced regularly. The contractors that the Council use are able to offer leaseholders gas servicing at a competitive rate; please contact the Leasehold Services Team for more information.
It is important to carry out regular servicing, as heating appliances which are not checked and maintained, will become inefficient and may become unsafe.
All servicing and maintenance to any appliance should be carried out annually by a fully trained tradesman (CORGI registered for gas appliances).
If you sublet your property, you are legally obliged to have any gas appliances serviced on a yearly basis.