The freeholder of a property owns it outright, including the land it’s built on.

If you buy a freehold, you are responsible for maintaining your property and land, so you’ll need to budget for these costs.

Generally, most houses are freehold properties although some might be leasehold – usually through shared ownership schemes.

Benefits of having a freehold

You don’t have to:

  • Worry about the lease running out, as you own the property outright.
  • Deal with the freeholder (often known as the landlord).
  • Pay ground rent, services charges and any other landlord charges.