Amendment 9

Part of Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages) – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 24 May 2024.

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Photo of Lord Gascoigne Lord Gascoigne Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 4:00, 24 May 2024

I thank my noble friend Lord Howard of Rising for Amendment 9 on enfranchisement claims in mixed-use buildings. Establishing residency and occupation is, as I understand, difficult. It can change quickly over time and can easily be manipulated. That could lead to the validity of claims being challenged successfully, years after they have been acquired. A residency test would remove the existing rights of some leaseholders and complicate the system overall, counter to the Bill’s aims, and lead to an uptick in disputes and litigation. Attempting to restrict one leaseholder in another building may well disfranchise the others. Therefore, I am afraid that we oppose the introduction of new residency tests. With the greatest respect, I kindly ask my noble friend to withdraw his amendment.