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Covenants

Applicable to all property sold under the Right To Buy Scheme

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Information about requests to remove or vary a covenant on a Right to Buy property

As from 1 April 2015, there will be an administrative charge associated with processing an application in order to allow consent, vary or remove a covenant placed on the ex-council property.

All property sold under the Right To Buy scheme is subject to restrictive covenants, which are good estate management practice and/or promote the wider duties of the Council as a land owner. Owners must seek approval from the Council if they want to do anything to the property which would otherwise breach a covenant specified within the Right To Buy conveyance.

Making an enquiry

 

Before making an enquiry, you should read our policy and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Post Right to Buy Policy

Frequently asked questions about requesting a covenant release, variation or approval on ex-Council properties

To make an initial enquiry and receive a call back regarding the process and administrative charges regarding Covenants, contact Client Services with the following information:

  • Confirmation that you are the current property owner
  • Full postal address of the property concerned
  • Details of the conveyance
  • Details of the reason for your requests, i.e. the improvements or structural changes you wish to make
  • Type of property
  • Email address for correspondence
  • Contact telephone number

Client Services

 

Email: client.services@colchester.gov.uk

What happens next

 

If you wish to go through with your application, you will need to provide us with all the information requested in order to undertake our assessment. There will be a non-refundable administrative charge for this work, please see table below:

  Charges
Processing request for deed of variation £350 Including VAT
Processing request for approval to carry out work covered by a restrictive covenant £170 Including VAT
Processing retrospective request for approval to carry out work covered by a restrictive covenant £290 Including VAT
Processing retrospective request for a deed of variation £470 Including VAT

If a Deed of variation is required an additional fee is payable which will be determined by the Council's Estate team.
 

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