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Help with lease wording

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I've got a flat, I'm trying to understand how much of the roof space (loft) I own, the relevant line in the lease says the following:

"Ownership includes one half part in depth of the concrete structure between the first floor of the flat and the ceilings of the flat below it and the internal and external walls above the same level and the roof of the building and structure so far as the same constitutes the roof of the flat."

From that, does it mean a I own/lease the space directly above the flat only, I assume it doesn't mean all of the roof space?

The lease mentions that I need to pay a fair contribution to the upkeep of the roof, party walls, foundations etc so not worried about being responsible for the whole roof upkeep.

It's a large converted house, two upstairs flats, two downstairs flats, I own one of the upstairs one.

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  • canaldumidi
    canaldumidi Posts: 3,511 Forumite
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    It looks like a poorly drafted lease to me.
    On the one hand you own everything above the midpont between your flat and the flat below. Therefore including the loft and indeed the roof itself. "and external walls above the same level and the roof of the building and structure".
    On the other hand you say (though don't quote) upkeep of the roof is shared, which is illogical if you own it.
    But my guess is the loft falls within your demised premises. What/where is the access (if any)?

  • bouicca21
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    I’m inclined to suggest asking the leasehold advisory service.
  • Glover1862
    Glover1862 Posts: 410 Forumite
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    It looks like a poorly drafted lease to me.
    On the one hand you own everything above the midpont between your flat and the flat below. Therefore including the loft and indeed the roof itself. "and external walls above the same level and the roof of the building and structure".
    On the other hand you say (though don't quote) upkeep of the roof is shared, which is illogical if you own it.
    But my guess is the loft falls within your demised premises. What/where is the access (if any)?

    Thanks for the reply. There is a loft hatch in the landing, which again I own. These are the important parts.





     
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