In round figures, there are 5,000 houses, flats, and maisonettes on the Dulwich Estate's 1,500 acres. In common with many other large estates, houses were originally sold on long leases, but most owners have taken advantage of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 to acquire the freehold interest, and these houses are now subject to the Scheme of Management.
Generally, pre-1939 housing followed the lines of the established network of roads. The post-war housing, including flats and maisonettes, was often developed on the sites of demolished properties. These developments may incorporate private amenity areas, which are maintained by the Estate under the provisions of the original leases. Each owner, whether freeholder or lessee, contributes to the maintenance costs through the service charge.
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