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Does Council Actually Own My Freehold?

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Well, this is a bit esoteric, but here goes. I find out from neighbour, aged 98, who's lived in my street for 58 years, that the Victorian terraced house I live in (ground floor flat) was never actually bought by the freeholder Southwark Council. They simply requisitioned it in 1948 it as it was empty as owner was killed in Second World War. Apparently they did this regularly at the time. They then converted it into 2 flats and took in council tenants. The flats were later bought under Thatcher's Right to Buy, and many years down the line I bought my flat.

I believe London councils then bought the freeholds to many of these houses. But did they always do this? Just wondering if they are, in fact, the legal owners of the freehold. Did they buy it. Has anyone had experience of this anomaly?

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