leasehold vs freehold


Leasehold and freehold are two different types of property ownership, each with its own rights and responsibilities. Here’s a comparison:


  • Ownership: When you own a property freehold, you own both the building and the land it stands on outright. This is the highest form of ownership.
  • No Time Limit: There is no time limit on how long you can own the property. It’s yours indefinitely and can be passed on to heirs.
  • Responsibility: You are responsible for all maintenance and repair costs.
  • No Ground Rent: There is no ground rent to pay.
  • No Service Charges: Typically, you won’t have to pay service charges to a landlord because there is no landlord.


  • Ownership: When you own a leasehold property, you own the property for a fixed period of time as stated in the lease agreement. The land is owned by the freeholder.
  • Time Limit: The lease will have a specific term, often long-term like 99 or 125 years, but it can be shorter.
  • Responsibility: The freeholder or landlord is responsible for maintaining the building’s common areas and exterior. Leaseholders are responsible for paying a service charge to cover these costs.
  • Ground Rent: Leaseholders usually have to pay ground rent to the freeholder. This is a regular payment set out in the lease.
  • Renewal: When the lease term ends, ownership of the property returns to the freeholder unless the lease is extended. Leaseholders may have the right to extend their lease or buy the freehold, but this can involve additional costs and legal processes.

Pros and Cons:

  • Freehold Pros: Complete ownership, no ground rent or service charges, no time limit.
  • Freehold Cons: Responsible for all maintenance and repair costs.
  • Leasehold Pros: More affordable upfront costs, fewer responsibilities for building maintenance.
  • Leasehold Cons: Ground rent and service charges, limited control over the property, potential lease extension costs.

When buying a property, it’s crucial to understand whether it’s freehold or leasehold and the implications of each type of ownership. Freehold is generally seen as more desirable because it offers complete ownership, while leasehold properties may come with more restrictions and ongoing costs. However, the choice between the two depends on individual circumstances and preferences.

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