Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Albert Owen in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:00 pm on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Ruth George Ruth George Labour, High Peak 4:00 pm, 2nd October 2019

I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman for all the work that he has put in over many years; many of us have come in on the back of it. Does he welcome the decision in the Persimmon case in north Wales last month and recognise that other leaseholders are in a similar position of not having had enough information when they bought out their lease? I have a situation with Barratt Homes in my constituency, where leaseholders are now looking to get the county council to take on a similar case under trading standards. Would it not be far more efficient for the Government to send out a clear message to property companies in this case that they really need to do the right thing by leaseholders who have been dishonestly sold to? That would save them from all those actions and relieve the pressure on county councils and leaseholders.