We are interested in buying a property that is next door (up for sale as the owner has passed away). It is down on rightmove as being leasehold. They would have bought the property from the council a while ago. Our property was purchased by my grandfather on the same basis and is definitely freehold, not lease hold.
I've emailed the council housing officer to ask whether they can point us in the right direction.
Local authority leasehold properties were generally granted on a 999 year lease. So if it is leasehold, it will be 999 minus however many years have passed since the lease was granted.
With a lease that long, it's not a problem for the mortgage co... And if it's ex-LA, the lease amount is likely to be very small. I am just buying an ex-LA leasehold property, and the ground rent is £4/year!
2kidsintow - just to flag up to others that to check on the tenure would have cost nothing on the Land Registry website if the property was registered. If it was registered and you then decided to view the register to check the name of the owner for example then it would have cost £3.
£20 would have been a rough figure to get a copy of the lease (if it had been leasehold) OR the cost if you used one of the unofficial websites available through online search engines.
I must've followed the wrong link via google when looking for the land registry then. All I got was a site that gave fixed fees for different searches. It was a definite £19.95 for the search that I would have needed.