Committee (1st Day)

Part of Housing and Planning Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Gardner of Parkes Baroness Gardner of Parkes Conservative 6:30 pm, 9th February 2016

My Lords, this is an interesting proposal and if it is introduced, leaseholders too should be included. There are 6 million leaseholders, who in the past could have gone to a leasehold valuation tribunal for a very reasonable cost, but who now have to go to the First-Tier Tribunal, which is much more expensive. There are many things that could be resolved by applying the ombudsman scheme. I would like to hear more about how this would work, and also—perhaps at a later stage in the Bill—to look at the possibility of including leasehold properties.