Frequently Asked Questions

The LDoC certificate template contains a section specifically for shared ownership leases. The purpose of the questions within this section is to assist the landlord in understanding your contribution towards any relevant building safety costs. Therefore, you are required to supply information relating to the percentage of your share of ownership in your leasehold property, which will in turn be used to ensure the correct calculation is applied to you. Without this information, your building owner will assume that you own 100% of your leasehold property.

If you no longer own the leasehold property but did as at 14th February 2022, you will need to supply this notice to the person who currently owns the leasehold property and contact us to let us know. You will still need to supply the information to enable the new owner to complete the details regarding the ownership status on 14th Feb 2022 and supply us with evidence to show that you sold or otherwise transferred your interest in the leasehold property as at that date.

The LDoC itself provides a list of evidence requirements and the government guidance provides further detail on the appropriate documents that can be provided to support the information contained in the completed certificate. These include:

  • A utility bill or council tax statement in your name as at 14th February 2022 to demonstrate that the property was your principle home.
  • A copy of the Land Registry’s title for your leasehold property which details the current ownership and provides evidence of the last sale date. This document may also detail the last sale price.
  • If the above Land Registry Title does not detail the last sale price, a copy of the contract of sale, or some other formal document from your conveyancing solicitor at the time of sale, perhaps a completion statement, may be used as evidence of the price paid by you for the leasehold property.
  • If you are a shared ownership leaseholder, a copy of the shared ownership lease must be provided to evidence that the property is owned on that basis. In addition, the contract between yourself and the Housing Association (or other immediate landlord), or documentation arising from it, to evidence the % share owned as at 14th February 2022, must also be provided.

If you do not complete and return an LDoC, your leasehold property will not qualify for the protections against certain building safety contained within the Building Safety Act 2022.

This means that your contribution towards any building safety related costs that may have otherwise benefited from protections, will be charged and payable by you, and future leaseholders of your leasehold property, at the usual service charge apportionment, as determined by the lease. The building owner is committed to making every effort to limit the amount that leaseholders pay towards any works to a relevant building defect by pursuing all other avenues, including the developer of the building.