Leaseholders & Shared Owners
Welcome to our leasehold section for shared owners and leaseholders. In this section you’ll find useful information about the general services we can offer. We also offer an individual online portal My PA which will personalise the service relevant to you
Your lease is a legally binding document that deals with all the legalities of your property.
It sets out the rights and responsibilities for both you as the leaseholder and PA Housing as the freeholder or head lessee
We recommend you seek your own independent legal advice if you have specific questions about the details of your lease, however we are happy to answer any general questions where possible.
Making changes to your home
You can choose how you decorate and furnish your home but we'll need to give you permission if you want to make any improvements or alterations, such as:
- Putting in a new bathroom or kitchen
- Changing the central heating
- Replacing internal doors
Certain things may not be allowed – like internal structural changes. We may not be able to let you knock down a wall, change the exterior or build into a loft space/basement. We may not allow laminate or wooden flooring either because it's so much noisier for your neighbours than carpet. Please check your lease to see what flooring you can have.
Get in touch if you're thinking about changing something in your home and we'll give you all the information you need.
Leases are usually granted with either a 99 or 125 year term. Where the remaining term of your lease starts to fall below 80 years you might face difficulties if you want to sell your home or remortgage because mortgage lenders tend not to approve them. A lease extension is a statutory right for 100% leaseholders provided you meet the eligibility criteria detailed below. Shared owners cannot formally apply to extend their lease through this statutory route.
We'll repair and maintain the shared areas of your building - like the hallways, corridors, stairs and outside spaces. You're responsible for any maintenance or repairs inside your property.
As a home owner it is your responsibility to have your gas appliances checked and serviced every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. If your gas appliance has not been checked for 12 months it could become unsafe and you might be in breach of your lease.
If we need to do major repairs or maintenance at your building, we'll write to tell you how much the work will cost and consult with you.
If you're thinking of getting a furry friend, please get in touch with us first. We can provide all the information you need about keeping a pet at home.
We cannot always give written permission to keep pets, so you must check with us first. It's worth getting in touch as soon as you plan to get a pet.
Buying more shares
As a shared owner you can purchase additional shares in the property you own. This is known as staircasing. First ask us for an information pack, which includes forms you will need to apply.
Selling your home
Let us know when you want to sell your home. Your Shared Ownership lease grants us a ‘nomination period’ of 8 weeks - allowing us time to find a suitable buyer for your home.
Please see our FAQ section for further information