There are a number of situations where you may mind it beneficial to find out who your fellow leaseholders regardless of who owns your freehold. Our guide explores some of the free resources that are available online and can help you.
This guide is also available as a PDF download (with accompanying images, which may be of help).
Why would you want to find your fellow leaseholders?
There are a number of situations where you may find it beneficial to find out who your fellow leaseholders regardless of who owns your freehold.
– Discussing issues with fellow leaseholders in your block/estate
– Forming a Leaseholders Association to improve day to day communications within your block/estate and Camden Council
– Lobbying in regards to Major Works and Regeneration issues
Information Available Online
All of this information is available for free online if you know where to look. The cautionary notes are:
– a property may be owned by leaseholder but this can still include housing associations, corporate entities as well as individuals.
– this document presumes that the properties you are investigating are definitely Camden Council freehold properties (but you are checking whether the property is a tenancy or leasehold). If you are unsure as to whether the property is owned by Camden Council, then this information is available online but there will be a small additional charge.
Tip! There may already be a Leaseholders’ Association running in your area. Check our guide for further information.
Step 1 of 4: Addresses
The first step is that you have to know what addresses you are looking for. A walk through your neighbourhood may assist.
Step 2 of 4: Postcode
You will need the postcode for the Land Registry website, so first you will need to look it up.
Click on the following link: http://www.royalmail.com/find-a-postcode
Then type in the house/flat number in the box entitled “Type part of an address to postcode to begin” (you can ignore the example text in the box as it will disappear as soon as you start typing). We have circled the area where you start typing in green in the screenshot below. When the right choice is shown on the screen just click on it. As an example, you can start by search for your own postcode.
TIP 1: For Camden Council properties, the town will always be “London” (i.e. not Kentish Town/similar).
TIP 2: The building number is not required. Skipping “building number” can sometimes display the results of multiple properties and save significant time (and also help running into the website limit of 50 searches a day). For larger blocks, you may wish to put in the building name, street and town but still leave the building number entry.
You will then be presented with the appropriate postcode which you can then write down or past into Notepad/Excel/Word etc, for future reference.
Step 3 of 3: The Land Registry
The Land Registry is the repository of all the ownership details of properties throughout England.
You will need to go to: http://eservices.landregistry.gov.uk/wps/portal/Property_Search and then fill in the house number/name and postcode boxes as appropriate. Then just click “search”. Again, if you want an example to kick start your search, look up your own property.
Step 4: Interpreting the results
If the Land Registry website offers to you that you can buy directly title register/title plan straight away then this means that the property is owned by the COUNCIL as there is only a freehold (and the council own that). To double check that the council do indeed own the freehold you can click on “Title register” although you will there is a cost for that.
If the Land Registry website displays multiple boxes saying “information available” this means it is LEASEHOLD (individual, housing association or corporate). It will also say “leasehold” somewhere on that same screen, just as a way of visual confirmation.
TIP: If you click on the “Information available” button alongside “Tenure: Leasehold”, then you can purchase the “Title register” which tells you who the current owner of the property is for £3 (or knock on the door and ask; this can be useful if the property is sublet).
Appendix: More information about Camden Leaseholders’ Forum
We are a volunteer group representing all the leaseholders in Camden Council properties and freeholders paying service charges to Camden Council. We scrutinise Camden Council proposals, examine working practices and lobby on behalf of leaseholders to Camden Council.
More information is available at https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk
If you know of anyone who would like to receive updates from Camden Leaseholders’ Forum please direct them to https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/mailing-list where they can sign up. Subscribers can also adjust preferences by clicking on the link at the bottom of any email we send.