Understanding leasehold: new consumer guides published today

In response to demand from leaseholders for clear and comprehensive information both at point of sale and on taking possession of their new home, a group of leading property organisations has come together to produce a new suite of consumer guides.

ARHM has taken an active role in this initiative and we are pleased to announce that these guides are now available to download from our website using the following link www.rita.network

Topics include:

  • What is a Lease?
  • Who is

Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease

The Law Commission has published a Consultation Paper on leasehold enfranchisement reform, “Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease”. The paper, together with a Summary, can be found at the following link: lawcom.gov.uk/project/leasehold-enfranchisement/.

The Law Commission states the Consultation Paper concerns the enfranchisement rights of leaseholders of both houses and flats. They make provisional proposals for reform designed to enhance and improve enfranchisement rights, and provide a new unified procedure for all claims. The purpose behind

PUBLISHED TODAY: The Law Commissions views on REFORMS needed to deal with LEASEHOLD HOUSES

Amongst the many contained in the paper – highlights include:

(1) simplifying eligibility criteria & clarifying new rules for service addresses
(2) providing the ability to apply for unlimited lease extensions with no ground rents – similar to flats
(3) abolishing the two year rule
(4) introducing a concept for houses with shared facilities with flats to be part of collective purchase of whole estates
(5) simplifying of the valuation process
(6) the abolition of qualification criteria based on financial


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Strengthening Consumer Redress in the Housing Market

The Government has announced a new consultation ‘Strengthening Consumer Redress in the Housing Market’ This consultation seeks views on improving redress in the housing sector, including exploring the option of a single housing ombudsman.  It closes at 11:45pm on 16 April 2018.


The ARHM will be submitting a response and urge its members to have their say too.