You can use this service to check if a home is leasehold, as long as it has been sold since 1995.
When you buy a leasehold, you own the property for the length of the lease. If this is a flat or maisonette, you would own the property but not the building it is in.
With leasehold houses, you would usually own the property, but not the land it sits on. You should check the specific terms of the lease for full details of your agreement with the freeholder.
You can check if a property is leasehold by entering the postcode and selecting the address from the list of properties displayed.
You can check any property, owned by you or someone else, but you won't be able to use this service for properties which haven't sold since 1995.
When the lease ends, you would need to extend the lease. If the lease isn't extended, the ownership would return to the freeholder.
You can ask the landlord to extend the lease at any time, but the cost of this will depend on the property. You can also appeal to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal if you are unable to agree on a price for extending the lease.
When you buy a leasehold property, you'll be taking on the lease, so it's important to check some details first: