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Leasehold: Reform

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to respond to the proposals for leasehold reform published by the Law Commission on 9 January 2020.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government is looking to standardise the enfranchisement process and asked the Law Commission to review current arrangements to make them easier, faster, fairer and cheaper. The Law Commission has now published its first report to Government, on the valuation aspects of enfranchisement. The report, which follows a consultation by the Law Commission, sets out a number of options relating to valuation, including purchasing a freehold and extending the lease of a house or flat. The Law Commission will report on the remaining aspects of enfranchisement later in the spring.  The Government will carefully consider the proposals outlined in the Law Commission’s report and set out its preferred way forward in due course.

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