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Happy News Year for Leasehold Homeowners

In the first working week of the New Year, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced major reforms to the way that houses and flats are owned in England and Wales. The changes could affect more than 4 million leaseholders across England and Wales.

The government has come under increasing pressure in recent years to tackle what Read More

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Law Commission heralds new lease of life for residential property

Just like buses and government slogans, it seems that Law Commission reports on the future of residential property in England and Wales come in threes.  Following separate, lengthy consultations, the Law Commission has this week published its proposals for reforming leasehold enfranchisement, tenants’ statutory right to manage (“RTM”), and Commonhold ownership.

It is estimated that Read More

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New Guidance paves the way for more Build to Rent

What’s happened?

The Government has issued new guidance to help councils grant planning permission for Build to Rent schemes. This is great news for Build to Rent developers as it should mean that permissions are granted more quickly. Councils are encouraged to plan for Build to Rent in their areas where a need is identified, Read More

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Radical proposals on enfranchisement rights

The sale of houses on a leasehold basis has been criticised in some quarters because of its apparent unfairness to leaseholders. Leaseholders, in contrast to freeholders, lease a property for only a number of years. The question then being, what happens at the end of the term?

Enfranchisement rights provide leaseholders who hold a lease Read More

Posted in Planning

Living in an office block near you …

A controversial new law allowing the conversion of office space into residential development without planning permission took a further twist on 9 May 2013 when Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, announced that only 17 local authorities would be exempt from the new rules.  This represents only a small number of Read More