Leasehold homes (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Tom Copley Tom Copley Labour

The Government has recently stated that it will legislate to ensure all new ground rents are £0, which is a good step to supporting leaseholders, but do you think their proposals go far enough to help existing leaseholders stuck with onerous and pernicious terms?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

No, I have made clear to the Government that I believe much more should be done to support existing leaseholders in onerous contracts. I have called on the Government to ensure that leasehold legislation and the legal system are fit for purpose to enable leaseholders to challenge the reasonableness of service charges and ground rents.

I have published a Leasehold Guide for Londoners to help inform individuals’ choices about leasehold property, but this is no substitute for the Government producing concrete proposals for legislative reform.