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Leasehold Reform

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether he will seek to amend the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 so as to extend enfranchisement to include those leaseholders with extended leases where the period of extension has commenced;(2) whether he will seek to amend the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 so as to delete or amend the five-year owner-occupancy clause that denies the right of some leaseholders to purchase their freeholds;(3) whether he will seek to amend the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 in order to replace the Lands Tribunal with local assessment boards appointed in a similar manner to rent assessment panels;(4) whether he will seek to modify the basis for determining the price to be paid for a freehold under the provisions of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, in view of the fact that the asking price for the purchase of freeholds is in many cases up to 1,500 times the annual rent.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 2 November 1979 by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Wales to the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell).—[Vol. 972, c. 684.]

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek to amend the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 to end the perpetuation of the leasehold system by making it illegal to create new leasehold dwellings.