What’s the deadline? Tuesday 22 Feb. What’s the survey about? In 2020 the Law Commission published detailed proposals for the reform of leasehold and take-up of commonhold. The Department for Levelling up maybe wants to head off objections from freeholders & developers by holding extensive consultations. Whatever the reasons it’s important leaseholders play an informed […]
Leaseholders rally in Parliament Square
On Sept 16th several hundred leaseholders staged a rally in Parliament Square to ask the government to resolve a growing crisis over unsafe buildings and who should pay to fix them. The rally was a response to several overlapping crises that reached a literal flashpoint when Grenfell tower’s external cladding went up in flames in […]
Consultation on Commonhold
The Law Commission has been looking at ways to reinvigorate Commonhold and the consultation closes on 10 March. Their starting point has been to ask why take up of Commonhold has been so low. They present solutions and the consultation lets people pick preferences and add comments. This is a great opportunity for leaseholders to […]
Just too simple!
It’s too bad Justin Madders’ bill didn’t get a chance to be heard on Friday. If passed it would have made any further Law Commission deliberation unnecessary. Its simplicity would put an end to the smoke and mirrors calculations currently used by surveyors to put a figure on the cost of a lease extension. His […]
Call for zero ground rents
A new petition has been started on the Parliament website calling for the abolition of ground rents. Last year the government indicated it wants to set ground rent to zero on new leases. And this petition simply calls for existing leases to brought in line with this. It points out that ground rent is a […]
Government calls for (yet) more evidence of leasehold problems!
I can’t help feeling there is an excess of caution here! With this third call for evidence, and outrageous freeholder behaviour routinely reported in all sections of the media, it’s hard to believe they still don’t have enough evidence to make the obvious reforms! This particular inquiry is by the Housing, Communities and Local Government […]