New advice line

A new service is now available. Lawyers, managing agents and other professionals working in the sector will access LEASE advice through an online booking system. No more waiting on hold select your slot, call the number provided and get the advice you need. Written advice is also available.

A 20 minute slot will cost just 45 (plus VAT). A 40 minute slot for advice in writing is 90 (plus VAT).

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The revenue from this new service will, as always, be going to support our free service for leaseholders.

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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)