Leasehold

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to (1) reform leasehold, and (2) widen access to the right to manage and freehold enfranchisement; and if so, when.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

This Government is committed to tackling unfair practices in the leasehold system. We recently consulted on proposals for implementing the ban on new leasehold houses and restricting ground rents on future leases to a peppercorn. We will publish the Government response in due course and bring forward primary legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

The Government is also working with the Law Commission on wider reform on enfranchisement and the Right to Manage. The Law Commission has consulted on proposals to make buying a freehold or extending a lease faster, fairer and cheaper, and is currently analysing responses. The Law Commission's consultation on proposals for making the Right to Manage legislation simpler, quicker and more accessible, particularly for leaseholders, is currently live and closes on 30 April. The Government will consider next steps when the Law Commission reports on both projects later this year.

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