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Lords concludes line by line examination of Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill

15 June 2021

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The House of Lords concluded detailed examination of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill in committee stage on Monday 14 June.

The purpose of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill is to set future ground rents to zero for new leases to make leasehold ownership fairer.

Line by line examination

Day two of committee stage, the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes, took place in Grand Committee.

Proposed changes

Members put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to consider at committee stage.

Members speaking discussed changes on a wide rage of subjects. For example financial penalties and banning orders for landlords who breach provisions in the Act, and a financial impact assesment of the Act to review whether a further extension of the ground rents ban could benefit existing leaseholders.

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Watch or read

Find out about all the issues members discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcipt in Lords Hansard.

Explore further information

Find out more in the House of Lords Library Leashold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill briefing.

Next steps

Report stage, an opportunity to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

What's happened so far?

Committee stage day one: Wednesday 9 June

Members put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to consider.

Members speaking discussed particular amendments on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • provisions for retirement homes
  • the financial impact of this Act for leaseholders
  • extensions to leasehold contracts.

Existing leaseholders

Members also rasied concern about a lack of help in the bill for existing leaseholders (its measures provide for future leaseholders) or anyone who buys a lease with a ground rent before the bill's commencement date.

They questioned (with amendments) why the bill does not deliver government policy to enable leaseholders to buy out the ground rent without the need to extend the lease.

Find out about all the issues discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read the House of Lords Hansard transcript of the debate.

Second reading: Monday 24 May

Members of the House of Lords discussed the key areas of the bill in the second reading debate. 

Members expressed concern regarding ground rents and unreasonable service charges existing leaseholders are required to pay.

Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript of the debate in House of Lords Hansard.

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