Leasehold: Ground Rent

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the average annual ground rent paid on a leasehold property in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Department does not collect data on ground rents as a matter of course.

However, the Government is concerned that ground rents have risen from historically small sums to hundreds of pounds per year in many cases, and that consumers see no clear benefit from them.

This is why we will be introducing legislation so that in the future ground rents on newly established leases of houses and flats are set at a peppercorn.

We have set out our plans in a technical consultation on how to implement the Government’s reforms to the leasehold system in England. This is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/implementing-reforms-to-the-leasehold-system.

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