Leasehold:Written question - HL14122

Asked by Lord Truscott
Asked on: 27 February 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to (1) reform leasehold, and (2) widen access to the right to manage and freehold enfranchisement; and if so, when.
Answered on: 13 March 2019

This Government is committed to tackling unfair practices in the leasehold system. We recently consulted on proposals for implementing the ban on new leasehold houses and restricting ground rents on future leases to a peppercorn. We will publish the Government response in due course and bring forward primary legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

The Government is also working with the Law Commission on wider reform on enfranchisement and the Right to Manage. The Law Commission has consulted on proposals to make buying a freehold or extending a lease faster, fairer and cheaper, and is currently analysing responses. The Law Commission's consultation on proposals for making the Right to Manage legislation simpler, quicker and more accessible, particularly for leaseholders, is currently live and closes on 30 April. The Government will consider next steps when the Law Commission reports on both projects later this year.

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