Information about your council lease

Deed of Postponement process

A Deed of Postponement is a request for the Council to postpone their charge on a property in relation to the right-to-buy discount. It must be made by the solicitor of the leaseholder.

The Housing Legislation (section 156 of the Housing Act 1985 (as amended by Section 120 Leasehold  Reform,  Housing  and  Urban  Development  Act  1993)) states that we can only agree to postpone our charge for home improvements. The leaseholder must provide evidence of this such as planning/building control permission and/or quotation from a builder.

Postponement requests must be made through a solicitor.

The applicant needs to do the following before Harrow Council can administer the request:

Make a formal request via the solicitor. The request must outline property details, re-mortgage amount, and amount to be postponed (the additional amount you wish to borrow).

  • The applicant must provide the current market value of the property
  • The applicant must provide evidence for what the money will be used for:
    • If the application is for home improvements, three quotes must be provided. Evidence of planning/building control permission must be included
    • Harrow Council is permitted to inspect any home improvements within six months of the work being completed
  • The applicant must pay the current administration fee and any legal fees

Send the information to Leasehold services using the contact details below.