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Leasehold Reform

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Government launch consultation into leasehold properties

August 1, 2017 | By | No Comments

Last week the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced they would begin an 8-week consultation and consider a range of measures to tackle unfair and unreasonable abuses of leasehold.

The APPG on Leasehold Reform, which I co-chair, and the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership have campaigned tirelessly on this issue and welcome the announcement. We are pleased about the news from the DCLG that they are to consult on the proposal to ban the building of leasehold houses and the removal of opportunities to produce unfair leasehold ground rent terms on all new build homes.

However, many people will be left worried by the scope of the reforms. The APPG will now look to understand from the Housing Department what their position is on existing homeowners who will not be considered under the terms of the consultation.

If you’ve bought a new-build leasehold house or flat since 2005, please click here to fill in a 5-minute survey. We need help to fight back, your efforts will help us to make the case for reform.

20 Dec

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Leasehold Reform Debate

December 20, 2016 | By | No Comments

Sir Peter Bottomley and I secured a backbench business debate in the House of Commons to discuss leasehold reform.

There are over 4 million leaseholders across England and Wales and tens of thousands in Tower Hamlets. At the debate, I raised the concerns of residents from two large private sites, Canary Riverside and West India Quay, both of which are controlled by John Cristodoulou under the Yianis Group and leaseholders in former council owned homes which were purchased under right-to-buy legislation. Problems of service charges, refurbishment costs and inaccurate billing have plagued the former social sector homes. Sadly these are only a few examples of the many problems faced by leaseholders across the country.

Please follow the links to watch or read the debate in full.

For more information and help, please head to Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.

13 Dec

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Backbench Business Committee: Leasehold and Commonhold reform

December 13, 2016 | By | No Comments

Sir Peter Bottomley and I went in front of the Backbench Business Committee to present our case for a debate on leasehold and commonhold reform and were granted a 3 hour debate on the topic in the House of Commons this coming Tuesday.

We recently set up an All-Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold and commonhold issues, to which over 50 MPs and Peers have already signed up. The issues we’re looking at compromise everything from exorbitant ground rent charges to problems with retirement homes. Leaseholds effect millions of homeowners across the country including many residents in Tower Hamlets.

You can watch our bid and please head to www.leaseholdknowledge.com for further information.

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