FAR FROM PRIVATOPIA: PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL ESTATES IN ENGLAND AND WALES
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Date Written: January 12, 2022
In recent years, there has been a trend towards private maintenance of residential estates in England and Wales. Local authorities are not automatically adopting infrastructure, and this may mean lower standards of construction and upkeep. Homeowners face charges to maintain the estate, and find themselves subject to various restrictions on property use, and to onerous fees when asking permission to make alterations or sell. Many feel trapped in “fleecehold”, and concerned about estate upkeep. This article shows how the growth of these estates raises concerns about their sustainability, about fairness, and about what ownership “means”.
Keywords: Fleecehold; Leasehold; Private Residential Estates, Adoption, Privatopia, Rentcharges, Estate charges
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