Clause 9 - Enforcement authorities

Part of Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 7 December 2021.

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Photo of Nickie Aiken Nickie Aiken Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 11:15, 7 December 2021

I thank the Government for including effective enforcement in the Bill. There is no way that the Bill will work, and landlords will not be held to account, unless there is proper enforcement. Having been the cabinet member for public protection at Westminster City Council, which trading standards came under, I know at first hand the brilliant work that trading standards officers do day in, day out in Westminster and across the country. I would really appreciate it if the Minister could give assurances that trading standards teams across the country will have the funding to carry out the extra workload. I certainly think it is important that we ensure they can do so, because we do not want to be giving leaseholders any false hope, and I certainly welcome the ability for local authorities to keep the proceeds of any fines that they may be able to extract from a landlord.