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

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:16 pm on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government) 4:16 pm, 2nd October 2019

I will indeed meet the right hon. Gentleman and a delegation of fellow MPs. I did not realise he was such a good reader of body language, but he is quite right. The cases raised are not right, the system is not working right and those who agree with the market can see that it is not working right for the market either. Such cases should not be happening.

Let me be clear: the Government are committed to improving consumer fairness for leaseholders, and we have a programme of work under way to make sure that changes are made. Some of that work has already happened, including setting out how the ban on leasehold for new homes will work and stating our intention to reduce to zero ground rents on new leases, if we have them at all.