Council leaseholders

Selling your property (assignment of lease)

As a leaseholder you have the right to sell your property.

Property purchased after 18 January 2005

If you applied to buy your property under the 'Right to Buy' after 18 January 2005, the council has the right to 'buy back' your property.
You will need to contact the home ownership team to find out if the council wishes to exercise this right.

Charges

If you want to sell your property, the council will on written request, provide you or your solicitor with any relevant factual information.

Pre-Assignment Pack fee is £193.80.

Payment can be made by cheque payable to 'Wandsworth Borough Council' or by debit or credit card by telephoning 020 8871 7046.

Requesting information

To obtain information you (or your solicitor) should contact leasehold services section on 

On receipt of the fee, which is non-refundable, the information requested will be collated and sent by email. This process usually takes three weeks from date of payment. To help us identify you as the leaseholder concerned, please provide:

  • your full name
  • the full address of the leasehold property concerned
  • your address (if different)
  • your service charge account reference number

Financial matters - selling your property

Service charges and loans

When your lease is assigned (sold), all service charge arrears, including deferred loans, must be cleared on completion of sale.

The council will not be party to the apportionment of outstanding service charges between leaseholders and purchasers. It is your responsibility to ensure that your solicitor resolves this and having done so, retains sufficient monies for charges not yet billed.

Status of your account

To find out the status of your service charge account, please contact the income collection service 020 8871 6299
Email: landm@wandsworth.gov.uk

To help us identify you as the leaseholder concerned, please provide:

  • your full name
  • the full address of the leasehold property concerned
  • your address (if different)
  • your service charge account reference number

More information

See the leaseholders' guide or for further information and advice please contact your estate manager or RMO.

Notice of Assignment and Charge

Notices of Assignment and Charge should be sent to Legal Services at the following address:

Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
London
SW18 2PU

Please note: It is the Purchaser's duty to give formal notice to the Council’s Solicitor within one month of any assignment. The registration fee is £30 per Notice unless otherwise stated in the Lease. (VAT is not chargeable).

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