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Government to improve the home buying and selling process

April 2018

LEASE welcomes changes now planned for home buying and selling and looks forward to working with leaseholders, consumer groups, government and others to make home buying much more straightforward, and for leasehold property in particular.

On 8th April the government announced its intention to improve the home buying and selling process. This follows a call for evidence exercise undertaken by government in late 2017 in which the government sought views on “common sense improvements” and “more ambitious change where it is warranted” (see LEASE response here). We also provided a free webinar to explain the call for evidence and help leaseholders to respond to it.

After considering more than 1,200 responses, amongst the government’s planned improvements is its intention to:

Government will also ensure that guides on ‘How to Buy’ and ‘How to Sell’ are developed and published to make sure that customers are better informed of the process and know what questions they should be asking. The government will work with consumer groups and industry to develop a consistent set of performance metrics for conveyancers, so consumers can make a more informed choice.

Government will consult on how the industry can be brought up to professional standards, like those in the same trade such as conveyancers, solicitors and surveyors.

Other information:

LEASE is governed by a board, appointed as individuals by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

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