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Time to tell MPs what you think about the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill – and why it must not be nobbled

By Sebastian O'Kelly on Dec 03, 2021 11:21 pm
Time to tell MPs what you think about the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill – and why it must not be nobbled

Have your say on the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL], which is currently passing through Parliament? If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill

scrutiny@parliament.uk

As we saw with the debate in the Commons, there is still plenty of opposition to the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill and the monetisers’ little helpers in the lobbying industry will do their best to nobble it.

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Hackitt and Knight back dumping unregulated sector-insider ‘building safety managers’ onto leaseholders at £60,000 a year, MPs told

By Harry Scoffin on Dec 02, 2021 06:10 pm
Hackitt and Knight back dumping unregulated sector-insider ‘building safety managers’ onto leaseholders at £60,000 a year, MPs told

Dame Judith Hackitt changes gear favouring insider ‘building safety managers’, after telling The Guardian she was ‘shocked’ leaseholders ‘were being exploited … and seem to have no right to challenge what is being prescribed’

Rendall and Rittner raises £2,790 cladding bill to government grant of £44,654 – with a commission from taxpayers of £12,120, reports the Sunday Telegraph

Sir Ken Knight tells MPs leaseholders commission an EWS1 form when they come to sell their flat: it is, of course, organised for the entire building by the landlord

Law Society says leaseholder controlled blocks – RTM or residents’ management company – offer some protection from escalating costs, but they might rise or the flat becomes unsellable even with an EWS1

By Harry Scoffin

Post-Grenfell “building safety managers” to be imposed on England’s blocks of flats through the Building Safety Bill will cost leaseholders approximately £60,000 every year in extra service charges per block.

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Few disagreements over banning ground rents, but last minute effort to keep them for retirement properties by Theresa Villiers and Sir Desmond Swayne

By Sebastian O'Kelly on Dec 01, 2021 06:24 pm
Few disagreements over banning ground rents, but last minute effort to keep them for retirement properties by Theresa Villiers and Sir Desmond Swayne

Conservative MPs Sir Desmond Swayne and Theresa Villiers made a last ditch effort to wreck the bill to ban ground rents, pleading that retirement leasehold be excluded from the ban. Hours later the Association of Retirement Community Operators declared that ground rents are totally unnecessary and it deprecated sector threats of a judicial review to get round the ban (below)

The government’s Leasehold Reform (Ground Rents) Bill to ban future ground rents – and the admin charges to obtain them – at last appeared in the Commons on Monday and largely debated with cross-party consensus.

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