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Government consultation on proposed reforms to the leasehold and commonhold systems in England and Wales

11th January 2022

The government has launched a public consultation on reforming the leasehold and commonhold system in England and Wales.

The consultation follows the recommendations made by the Law Commission in three reports with proposed legislative changes for leasehold enfranchisement, the right to manage, and commonhold.

In response, the Government has already announced changes to make the enfranchisement process simpler and cheaper, including 990-year lease extensions, and the creation of a Commonhold Council.

The consultation includes proposed reforms that would give significant numbers of leaseholders the power to buy the freehold of their property or take over the management of their buildings.

The consultation seeks views on a number of proposals, including:

Reforms to leasehold enfranchisement and the right to manage

Reforms to Shared Ownership voting rights in England, in commonhold developments

Reforms to the provision of information for the sale of a commonhold property


This consultation will run for six weeks until 22nd February 2022, and views can be sent online or via email to


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