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What are major works, and what is included in them?

‘Major works’ include major repairs or improvements to a building or estate that your landlord is responsible for. They are normally carried out cyclically.

If you are a leaseholder you must contribute towards these costs under the terms of the lease.

Under Section 20 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, landlords are required to consult with leaseholders if the works will cost any one leaseholder more than £250.

Major works are generally part of an ongoing maintenance programme (cyclical programme). In the case of leaseholds, these works will not include maintenance and repair of your own ‘demised premises’.

Note: Major works may sometimes include works which cannot be planned for e.g. in emergencies, such as a major roof leak, M&E system replacements, etc.

Major works may include but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining the structure of the building, e.g. brickwork pointing, the roof, rainwater goods.
  • Upgrading items within the building, e.g. window and door replacement, lifts, mechanical and electrical upgrades
  • Decorating the building internally and externally e.g. walls and painting other previously painted surfaces.

If you are a leaseholder, and if your lease allows for improvements, Major works may include improvements to your building /estate e.g. aerial upgrades, installation of a door entry system, introduction of a new  heating system e.g. ‘district heating’.

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