NLC URGES ALL LEASEHOLDERS TO COMPLETE THE COMMONHOLD CONSULTATION – CLOSES 10TH MARCH 2019

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“Bolstered by calls for leasehold reform from the public and media, commonhold has been brought back on to the political agenda”

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO SUBMIT A RESPONSE TO THIS CONSULTATION.

COMMONHOLD PROJECT CLICK HERE
IS THIS FOR FLATS OR HOUSES?

The success of the National Leasehold Campaign is PEOPLE POWER & SOLIDARITY.

Leaseholders have been abused and will continue to be abused unless ALL leaseholders unite together to have their voices heard.

The message we want to get across is irrespective of if you are a leaseholder of a flat or a house we are all victims of this horrific feudal outdated & abusive system. Commonhold is a viable alternative and should be mandatory.

We appreciate the consultation is difficult to understand.
EVERYONE can complete it by filling in their personal details and going straight to Additional Comments at the end of the consultation if you don’t feel able to answer any of the technical questions. The final comments box says “If you have any further comments on issues raised in our Consultation Paper, please share them with us”

This is your opportunity to say that Commonhold should be mandatory moving forward. Explain your situation to them. You may want to identify here that if Commonhold was an option when you purchased your property you would of chosen this option. Because it wasn’t you are now left in this awful position.
REALLY HELPFUL SUMMARY CAN BE FOUND HERE

Commonhold is an alternative form of property ownership which allows homeowners to own the freehold of their flats. The Law Commissions commonhold project looks at aspects of the law of commonhold which may be preventing its uptake.

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You do not need to answer all the questions if they are only interested in some aspects of the consultation.

A Summary of the Consultation can be found here: Summary Report

We have highlight some important questions to answer are Q1 Q93, Q94, Q105
Q1 Consultation Question 1 (para 3.31):

In order to protect freeholders, we provisionally propose that it should only be possible to convert to commonhold if either:
* the freeholder consents; or
* the leaseholders satisfy the qualifying criteria for collective enfranchisement, and acquire the freehold as part of the process of converting to commonhold.

You may want to say that keeping the 25% rule on non-residential premises is wrong. Mixed use schemes are common in the city centres. This would exclude so many leaseholders from moving to a better system.
Q94 Consultation Question 94 (para 16.9):
What advantages do you think commonhold could offer over leasehold?

You may want to comment on some of the advantages as stated in Law Commissions Summary Page 9 & 10


Consultation Question 105 (para 16.43):
Which of the following statements best reflects your views on the provisional proposals in this Consultation Paper?

If these proposals are adopted, then developers will be willing to use commonhold for a substantial number of developments.

Even if these proposals are adopted, developers will not be willing to use commonhold unless Government introduces financial incentives for them to do so, either directly by offering financial incentives for the developers, or indirectly, by offering incentives for purchasers of commonhold units.

Even if these proposals are adopted, and financial incentives are given, developers will not use commonhold for developments unless they are prohibited from selling flats on a leasehold basis and they are thus forced to use commonhold.

Leasehold Knowledge Partnership have provided some excellent video guidance on completing the consultation.

Click on the link below to watch

LKP VIDEO GUIDANCE

We would like to thank Stewart Moxon from Hopton Build for leading the way in Commonhold. He is an ethical builder who is committed to

“Selling Homes Not Leases”

We would like to see the list of “ethical builders” grow.

Selling Homes Not Leases
http://hoptonbuild.co.uk/

“I’ve been a leaseholder and seen the problems that the outdated leasehold system causes. We’re building a commonhold development because we want to give our buyers real ownership and real control of their homes – not just a right to live there which is controlled by someone else. We’re selling homes, not leases.” Stewart Moxon, Hopton Build (Yorkshire) Limited Leeds

How is commonhold different from leasehold?

Commonhold provides an opportunity to think afresh and provide a specifically-designed democratic system for managing buildings. Commonhold contains bespoke provisions which cover every aspect of management. For example, leasehold owners pay a service charge set by their landlord towards the cost of managing and maintaining the building. Service charges are based on the assumption that the landlord of the building is an external party. In commonhold, however, there is no external landlord. Shared services are funded through commonhold contributions, which, importantly, the unit owners control themselves

WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE COMMONHOLD WORK. PLEASE SUPPORT COMMONHOLD. IT CAN WORK. WE DO NOT NEED STEWARDSHIP.

COMPLETE CONSULTATION BY CLICKING HERE

Even if you only answer the “Additional Comments” box to say Commonhold should be mandatory please do so.

Every Single submission counts.

“Two years and almost 13,000 members later, her National Leasehold Campaign group on Facebook is galvanising record responses to a raft of official consultations that could finally reform leasehold law. Yet powerful freeholders have already threatened judicial review to the government, which risks facing compensation claims of billions of pounds. It is a pivotal moment for the feudal practices that still control at least a fifth of homes in England and Wales” The Home Front, By Martina Lees

‘ABOLISH LEASEHOLD’ PETITION REACHES 5K IN JUST 48HRS.

The National Leasehold Campaign (NLC) Launched a new petition on Friday 1st February to ABOLISH LEASEHOLD.

Pressure is certainly mounting and people are uniting together to fight this feudal outdated abusive system.

It’s a wonderful illustration of PEOPLE POWER at it’s best.

England & Wales remain the last redoubt of a system regarded as a feudal relic everywhere else.

Scotland abolished leasehold in 2012 where they automatically converted remaining long leases to outright ownership.

Its time England & Wales did the same.

We urge everyone to get behind this petition and share far and wide.

We can do this!!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN

Provide A Better Deal For Leaseholders – Take ACTION now. Closing 7th January 2019.

LAW COMMISSIONS ENFRANCHISMENT CONSULTATION CLOSES ON 7TH JANUARY

We hope you are all having a lovely Christmas with family and friends.

The deadline for the Law Commissions Consultation on Enfranchisement is creeping up on us (7th Jan 19) and it’s paramount ALL Leaseholder’s complete it.

CLICK HERE

The Law Commission have launched a Consultation Paper on leasehold enfranchisement reform: “Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease”.

The provisional proposals would:

  • Provide a better deal for leaseholders by making enfranchisement easier, quicker and more cost effective;

  • Reform the existing rights of leaseholders, including removing the separate rules for houses and for flats; and

  • Simplify, and reduce the legal and other costs of, the procedure for acquiring a freehold or an extended lease.

We appreciate the consultation is very complicated, Long and written using terminology many people do not understand. Please don’t be put off by this. It’s PARAMOUNT as many people as possible complete this consultation.

The consultation closes on 7 January 2019.

Comments may be sent using the link here. It has also created a short survey, which asks leaseholders (and former leaseholders) for information about their leases, and about their experiences of the current enfranchisement process. The survey is available here.

Alternatively, comments may be sent:

By email to propertyandtrust@lawcommission.gov.uk.

The NLC & Leasehold Solutions have prepared some video guidance to help you answer some of the key questions.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO

YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER ALL OF THE QUESTIONS. ONE IS BETTER THAN NONE.

Additional help can be found in the comments section under the video on YOUTUBE.

This guidance will also help

CLICK HERE

Further help can be found on the Leasehold Knowledge Site.

Please look at the Law Commissions PowerPoint presentation.

LKP HELPFUL LINK

We know people are fed up of completing consultation after consultation but please don’t tire. We can not afford to take our foot off the peddle. The freeholders and investors want us to go quiet and give up. It’s up to Leaseholder’s to show them this is not going to happen.

This is the best chance in decades to change this feudal abusive leasehold system. WE CAN NOT AND WILL NOT GIVE UP.

The National Leasehold Campaign (NLC) thankyou for your continued support.

TO COMPLETE THE CONSULTATION ON ENFRANCHISMENT PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.

Law Commission Consultation link here

DIRECT LINK

Please note you can save your answers as you go along so you don’t have to complete it all in one sitting.

***CLOSING 7TH JANUARY 2019***