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Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures have been introduced to strengthen regulation concerned with (a) freeholds and leaseholds, (b) the relationship between landlords and tenants and (c) ground rents since 1997; and what plans she has to introduce further measures affecting these matters. (129012)

The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 introduced a number of measures that made changes to leasehold legislation. These have helped redress the balance between leaseholders and landlords by strengthening and improving the law, and creating a fairer and more comprehensive system of rights for leaseholders. These measures include the requirement for landlords to serve a particular form of notice on leaseholders before ground rent becomes payable.

We continue to work on the remaining provisions of the 2002 Act which will further improve the rights that leaseholders have. We will introduce them at the earliest opportunity.