Liam Spender is a Trustee of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. Personally affected by the cladding scandal, Liam is a Solicitor-Advocate and Senior Associate at Velitor Law practising commercial litigation and arbitration in the City of London. Views in this article are personal and do not constitute legal advice.Why not define “ground rent” in the new law?
The government has chosen to draft the bill without a fixed definition of ground rent.
The leasehold sector gathered for the Westminster Legal Policy Forum today to pool views on the government’s leasehold reforms and the introduction of a revived commonhold.
Sir Peter Bottomley MP, co-chair of the APPG on leasehold and commonhold reform, chaired the opening session and housing minister Lord (Stephen) Greenhalgh ended it with a firm speech underlining his determination that these reforms go through.
Law Commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins gave a robust reprisal of his reports, which are the basis of the government’s reform agenda.
Lord Blencathra, former Tory whip in the Commons David Maclean, gave a barnstorming attack on feudal leasehold … and acknowledged that he paid ground rent on his flat
By Sebastian O’Kelly
The shades of landed lords past would have been rumbling in the crypts of Westminster hearing the debate on the Bill to ban new ground rents on Monday. This the House of Lords? It was more like the House of Serfs in its sympathies, given the vehement dislike of the leasehold system expressed by peers of all parties and none after housing minister Lord (Stephen) Greenhalgh introduced the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill.