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Government report: ‘Living in and looking after shared buildings: the perspective of leaseholders and prospective flat buyers’

27 July 2023

Government has published its report on research it commissioned in order to gain a better understanding of how people felt about living in flats – and taking on more management responsibilities in particular – and to gather views about people’s appetite for running a block themselves as commonholders. The associated aim was to hear directly from people who were not active campaigners and who were living in or thinking about purchasing a flat in a leasehold block.

The report is based on a small number of focus groups, so care must be taken about drawing broad conclusions. However, the report does provide some insights which will help shape policy development in the future, these include:

Having the right skillset within the group of flat owners was the key factor in determining interest in personally taking on management responsibility.

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