April 22, 2024

A second backbench debate on leasehold issues

An application for a backbench debate on leasehold issues is due to be heard on Tuesday 21st November 2017


The application asks the committee to consider:

The APPG on leasehold and commonhold reform continues to grow and to date has 127 members. Government recently issued both a consultation and a call for evidence on leasehold properties and estimated that there were around 4 million private leasehold dwellings in England in 2014-15 but their analysis only covers the private sector, social housing is not included in the figure – the APPG believes the actual number to be much higher. Access to the number of leasehold houses, flats and apartments sold each year with doubling ground rents in England and Wales since 2005 is of great concern as is the costs of lease extensions and enfranchisement valuations. Additional, but not exhaustive areas of concern include the opportunities for exploitation in the leasehold sector particularly against the more vulnerable and elderly; current cost imbalance at the leasehold property Tribunal; leasehold insurance and service charge funds which currently fall outside the regulatory framework; leasehold advisory services and other organisations including managing agents and how these best serve leaseholders; the proper implementation of Commonhold so it works as parliament intended.

In addition to the co Chairs Sir Peter Bottomley, Sir Ed Davay and Jim Fitzpatrick the following MPs have supported the application and agreed to take part in the debate:

Kelly Tolhurst, Rushanara Ali, Andrew Selous, Justin Madders, Will Quince, Ian Austin, Ronnie Campbell, Ruth George, Justin Tomlinson, Angela Smith, David Hanson, Kevan Jones, Ruth Cadbury, Mary Glindon, David Hanson, Marie Rimmer, David Lammy, Nigel Evans, Fiona Bruce, Rosie Cooper, Stephen Doughty, Helen Hayes, Mark Menzies, Helen Grant, Dan Carden, Catherine McKinnell, Chris Williamson, George Howath, Derek Twigg, Julie Elliot

This backbench debate adds to the 10-minute rule bill submitted by Justin Madders which is due for its 2nd reading on the 2nd Feb 2018