Law Commission consultation on leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease

Closes 7 Jan 2019

Consultation Contents

The questions in this consultation response form are arranged according to the chapters of our consultation paper (which can be accessed here).

Our leasehold enfranchisement project is a comprehensive review of the law in this area. Consequently, our paper is of considerable length, and the response form asks a large number of questions. We would ask all those responding to complete the “About you” section of the response form. Otherwise, you can answer as many or as few questions as you like. We would like to hear from you whether you wish to reply to all of our questions, only to some of them, or even only to one. While it is very useful to us if you can respond to specific questions which we ask, we have also provided a box at the end of the response form for any additional comments you may wish to share with us.

Set out below are the topics covered in each chapter's consultation questions:

  • Chapter 3: an overview of our proposed new regime, including its application to Wales.
  • Chapter 4: the right to a lease extension, including the terms on which a lease extension should be granted and the ability of parties to enter into voluntary lease extensions outside the enfranchisement legislation.
  • Chapter 5: the right of individual freehold acquisition, including the terms on which the transfer should be made and the ability of parties to enter into voluntary freehold transfers outside the enfranchisement legislation.
  • Chapter 6: the right of collective freehold acquisition, including our proposal for a new right to participate in a previously completed collective freehold acquisition.
  • Chapter 8: the criteria that must be met for enfranchisement rights to be available.
  • Chapter 9: the exceptions to the usual enfranchisement rights, including shared ownership leases, the National Trust, the Crown, public bodies and Community Land Trusts.
  • Chapter 11: our proposed reforms to the procedure by which enfranchisement rights are exercised, including serving notices and dealing with missing landlords.
  • Chapter 12: dispute resolution, including the role of the county court and the Tribunal.
  • Chapter 13: costs, including the extent to which leaseholders ought to be obliged to contribute to their landlords' costs.
  • Chapter 15: valuation, including our options to reduce the price payable on enfranchisement.
  • Chapter 16: intermediate and other leasehold interests.
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About you (Required)
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Chapter 3: Overview of the new regime
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Chapter 4: The right to a lease extension
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The right to a lease extension: the impact of reform
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Chapter 5: The right of individual freehold acquisition
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The right of individual freehold acquisition: the impact of reform
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Chapter 6: The right of collective freehold acquisition
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The right of collective freehold acquisition: the impact of reform
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Chapter 8: Qualifying criteria: proposals for reform
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Chapter 9: Qualifying criteria: exceptions and qualifications
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Chapter 11: Procedure: proposals for reform
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Chapter 12: Dispute resolution
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Chapter 13: Costs
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Chapter 15: Valuation: options for reform
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Chapter 16: Intermediate and other leasehold interests
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