Leasehold: Reform

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 31 October 2019 on Leasehold update, HCWS55, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on leasehold and commonhold reforms.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We are moving towards legislation on leasehold reform, reaffirming our commitment to making the system fairer for leaseholders. This will include measures to ban the sale of new leasehold houses, restrict ground rents to a peppercorn for future leases, give freehold home owners equivalent rights to challenge unfair charges, and close loopholes to prevent unfair evictions

The Government supports the increased use of commonhold. Reform to commonhold legislation is needed to support greater take up of the tenure. That is why the Government is working closely with the Law Commission as part of their 13th Programme of Law reform to reinvigorate commonhold and provide greater choice for consumers. The Law Commission undertook a consultation earlier this year and are now analysing responses. They will report back to Government later in the year.

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