West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is alerting residents of their last chance to make submission to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s inquiry into the Government’s leasehold reform programme.
The inquiry in particular is looking at how existing leaseholders in both houses and flats facing onerous leasehold terms can be supported.
The Government is currently working with the Law Commission on certain issues relating to existing leaseholders and has pledged to bring forward legislation and consult further on banning new leasehold houses and restricting ground rents.
However, 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.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Leasehold reform is becoming a growing issue for residents living in estates and apartment blocks developed over the last ten years and for new developments both in West Lancashire and across the county.
“The government need to take serious action on leasehold and the committee’s call for evidence from existing residents paying charges as part of a leasehold is crucial in building the evidence base for that action.
“I would urge any resident living in a leasehold property to share their experiences with the inquiry, before the deadline this Friday 7 September.”
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 adequacy of the Government’s programme of work on residential leasehold reform, including (a) its application to existing leaseholders in both houses and flats and (b) whether further reforms should be introduced;
- What support and government intervention can be provided to existing leaseholders, in both houses and flats, affected by onerous leasehold terms; and
- What are the implications of providing such support and government intervention to these existing leaseholders.