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    I am purchasing the freehold of a converted house into 2 maisonettes, I will be living in the first floor and there is a long lease for the ground floor.

    It is clear that I am responsible for the joists supporting the first floor (as they are above the ceiling of the ground floor).

    But who is responsible for the joists and floorboards of the ground floor? Are they the responsibility of the leaseholder or are they my responsibility as the landlord/freeholder.

    I attach the relevant part of the ground floor lease.

    Thanks for your help

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    The building belongs to the freeholder except the parts demised under the lease are under the leaseholder. So the roof , external walls and floor joists are under the freehold title and the maintenance is covered by the service charge.


      Thanks very much. I guess it comes under the 'right of support', in this case literally.


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