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Leasehold reform – will it make any difference?

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Well, the consultation is over…

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Six thousand is significantly up on the 956 responses in 1998, which seem to me to have been largely ignored in favour of predetermined notions of what was needed to reform the sharper edges of leasehold tenure, despite the then government’s clear view, always worth repeating: Continue reading “Leasehold reform – will it make any difference?”

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Introducing the £leasehold scandal…

Tip: “£” is pronounced “F”.

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The worst that can be said about the Great English £Leasehold Scandal is that it is perfectly legal.

The second worse thing to say is there’s nothing new to say to expose the £leasehold Scandal. This is not some furtive, unseen exploitation or consumer rip-off. This is open, deliberate, well understood and backed by English law and the courts, and huge in its scope for £££. Continue reading “Introducing the £leasehold scandal…”

Justin Madders MP launches Leasehold Reform Bill.

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Justin Madders, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston and Deputy Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Leasehold Reform, will launch a new Leasehold Reform Bill  in Parliament on 7 November 2017 under the Ten Minute Rule process.

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Reform – Response to the Responders

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Having read and reviewed quite a number of the organisational responses to the DCLG’s consultation paper on “Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market”, I am struck by a synthesis of face value distinct opinions that I would paraphrase as:

Leasehold is fundamentally fine, Leasehold is essential, Leasehold just needs a wee tweak here and there.”

Together with an unexpected (to me) common failure even to acknowledge that there is an alternative tenure to leasehold operating around the world.

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Reform – What was RICS’ response?

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Quote: “RICS {The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors} is the leading organisation of its kind in the world for professionals in property, construction, land and related environmental issues.”

Anyone involved in residential leasehold knows that RICS provides both the government approved codes of practice and accreditation of managing agents. If any organisation has its finger on the pulse, it ought to be RICS (see RICS Code ) . Continue reading “Reform – What was RICS’ response?”

Reform – What was Shelter’s response?

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Shelter, it seems to me, is surprisingly protective as a national housing and homelessness charity of its responses to the government consultation: “All rights reserved. This document is only for your personal, non-commercial use. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, post, distribute, transmit or modify it in any way.

So if you want to read their response yourself, you’ll have to go googling. I’m assuming I can, as a leaseholder, comment on their response?

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Reform – What did the Leasehold Advisory Service suggest?

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Quote: “LEASE is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DCLG to provide initial advice on leasehold law to leaseholders in England.

LEASE submitted it’s response to the DCLG on 21 September 2017. The response states that LEASE is responding “On behalf of an organisation serving leaseholders.Continue reading “Reform – What did the Leasehold Advisory Service suggest?”

My suggestions to DCLG

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Having read so much tripe from the great and the good, and accepting nobody will listen to the thoughts of one jaded leaseholder if only for proof of want of common sense in buying leasehold in the first place, I thought I would list my own suggestions as submitted. Continue reading “My suggestions to DCLG”