July 2018

The inquiry will examine the progress made by the Government regarding the leasehold reform measures it set out in ‘Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market summary of consultation responses and response in December 2017’. Those measures include:

The Committee is particularly concerned with what more can be done for existing leaseholders, in both houses and flats, affected by onerous terms such as high service and administrative charges, and large increases in ground rents.

Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, said:

“With around four million leasehold homes in England, they make up a significant part of the private home ownership sector. We’ve heard however that leaseholders often come up against significant issues which affect their rights, from high service charges with a lack of transparency through to excessive ground rents and barriers to buying freeholds. The Government has said it is committed to various reforms to tackle some of the troubling practices in the sector. As a Committee, we will want to examine the effectiveness of the existing proposals, find out what more needs to be done to boost confidence in the system and ensure fairness for both existing and future leaseholders.”

The Committee is inviting submissions on:

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 7 September 2018 and they can be submitted here

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