Ground Rent: Reform

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to assess the risk of legal challenge to proposed policies in the consultation entitled Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases, which closed on 17 January 2024, if he will make an assessment of the potential cost to the public purse of providing compensation to freeholders under those proposals.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases, which closed on 17 January 2024, whether he has has had discussions with colleagues on the compliance of those proposals with human rights law.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the proposals in the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill on pensioners whose income comes partly from ground rent.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to para 1.12 of his Department's consultation entitled Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases, which closed on 17 January 2024, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of capping ground rents at a peppercorn on the pensions industry.

Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Minister of State (Minister for Housing)

Government has consulted on a range of options to restrict ground rent in existing leases and asked questions about the effects of these proposals. We received a significant number of responses from a variety of sources. A consultation impact assessment has been published and can be found at: ​​Consultation impact assessment - modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases​.

That consultation closed on 17 January, and Government is currently analysing the responses before taking a decision on how to restrict ground rents through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

In line with the practice of successive administrations details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

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