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).
Are you a professional with an issue that you’d like to discuss with a LEASE adviser?
Click here to book your first appointment
The revenue from this new service will, as always, be going to support our free service for leaseholders.
- 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?
- 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?
- I own the freehold of a leasehold house. The leaseholder wants to buy the freehold. Do I have to sell it to them?
- 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)