Buying a retirement home

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Most retirement housing is sold on a leasehold basis. The rights of leaseholders are different from those of freeholders and you should take legal advice before buying.

For more details regarding your legal rights as a leaseholder, you can visit the website of The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), or ring them on 020 7832 2500

Our factsheet Buying retirement housing includes information on:

  • Management of retirement schemes
  • What services may be provided in the scheme
  • Service charges and other regular payments
  • Rights of leaseholders
  • Protection for residents
  • The Purchaser's Information Pack (Leaseholder Handbook)
  • Shared ownership schemes
  • Where to find information about retirement schemes for sale

Our factsheet Specialist housing for older people contains a range of further information, including points to consider when choosing the right type of sheltered housing for you.

Advice line:
08000 223 444

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