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Leasehold Reform

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the working of the leasehold system in Wales.

Leasehold reform has been the subject of six parliamentary questions and 84 letters.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the resentment among leaseholders in Wales who are finding themselves compelled by ground landlords to effect insurance on their homes? Will he seek an early opportunity to introduce legislation to make that practice of ground landlords illegal?

It is clearly in the interests of both the leaseholder and the freeholder that the property should be insured with a reputable insurance com- pany. The most common form of conveyance of leases contains only a requirement to that effect. However, I understand that some landlords who own many leasehold properties require that cover be obtained from a particular company, possibly because that greatly facilitates the necessary checking by the landlord that cover is being continued by all his leaseholders. I shall discuss that aspect with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade.