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Section 20 Consultation
Service charges for residential leaseholders
Tackling bad management
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- OFT launches market study of residential property management services
- Court of Appeal decides Di Marco v Morshead Mansions
- LEASE response to proposed scope of OFT market study
- Right to Buy discounts for tenants to be increased again in 2014
- Section 20 Consultation and public sector contracts – the thresholds are changing on 1 January 2014
- Upper Tribunal decision - can a single RTM company exercise the right for more than one premises
- I am in dispute with my landlord but I do not want to go to Court or Tribunal. Is there an alternative?
- How can I find out what my service charge is being used for?
- My neighbours are very noisy and it is affecting the enjoyment of my property. What can I do?
- I own the freehold of a leasehold house. The leaseholder wants to buy the freehold. Do I have to sell it to them?
- My landlord has carried out Section 20 consultation but I am still unhappy about the service charges I'm being asked to pay. What can I do?
- What happens when my lease runs out?
- What happens if I breach the terms of my lease?
- My landlord has not demanded ground rent for several years. Can he still demand it?
Reinvigorating Right to Buy in England
The government has announced the launch of a reinvigorated Right to Buy policy.
Introduced in 1980 the original Right to Buy scheme gave tenants of both local authorities and non-charitable housing associations the chance to buy their home at a discount if they have been public sector tenants for at least five years. The discount increases with the length of the tenancy and for flats starts at 50% rising to a maximum of 70%. There is also a maximum cap on the discount which varies between £16,000 and £38,000 depending on the geographical location of the property. To encourage more take-up of the Right to Buy the government intends to increase the maximum cap across England to £75,000. The statutory instrument came in on 2 April, bringing the increase into effect.
The government announced its intention to increase the caps in Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England which set out the aim to ensure receipts on additional homes sold under the scheme are used to fund replacement, on a one-for-one basis, with new affordable homes for rent.
(News story added: 12 March 2012)