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A New Era for Homeowners: Ground Rent Reforms Unveiled

November 13, 2023

In a landmark move, the UK government, led by Housing Secretary Michael Gove, has proposed sweeping reforms to alleviate the financial burdens faced by leaseholders. These measures, announced on November 9, 2023, address the escalating ground rents that have long plagued homeowners.

For many leaseholders, the challenge lies in escalating ground rents that offer little return, hindering property sales and causing financial strain. The government's proposed reforms aim to rectify these issues within the leasehold system.

Michael Gove's consultation outlines several options, including capping existing ground rents at a symbolic "peppercorn" rate, setting a maximum cap on financial values, linking ground rents to a percentage of property value, limiting ground rents in existing leases, and temporarily freezing ground rents at current levels.

Building on previous efforts, the government is committed to creating a fairer system. The upcoming Leasehold and Freehold Bill supports these objectives by making processes more affordable, extending lease terms, enhancing transparency on service charges, and empowering homeowners to manage their buildings independently.

A six-week public consultation seeks diverse perspectives to shape the final decision. The government underscores its commitment to considering all responses, intending to implement reforms through the Leasehold and Freehold Bill.

These proposed ground rent reforms signal a significant step toward fairness in the leasehold system. As the government takes proactive steps, these measures promise a more transparent, affordable, and empowering housing landscape, ensuring homeownership is accessible and fulfilling for all.

For personalised legal guidance regarding these reforms and their implications, consider contacting stevensdrake. Your path to a fairer housing future begins with informed advice. Contact us today.

Information gathered from GOV.UK, see here.

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