Service Charges

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the sale of freeholds with mandatory service charges attached for community and public space maintenance.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Developers of new estates may voluntarily provide open spaces for residents or be required, as a planning condition, to include public open spaces and make provision for its future upkeep. It is up to developers and local planning authorities to agree appropriate funding arrangements for those developments where public open space is a planning condition. The Government believes that it should be clear to potential purchasers what the arrangements are for the upkeep of open space - public or otherwise. The Government is committed to providing freeholders with new rights to ensure that where they do pay charges for the maintenance of communal areas and facilities on a private or mixed use estate, they can access equivalent rights as leaseholders to challenge their reasonableness. We set out our proposed approach to implementing these measures in part 4 of the recent leasehold reform consultation which closed on 26 November this year.

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