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Councillor’s ‘guarded welcome’ for ban on leasehold new builds

Councillor’s ‘guarded welcome’ for ban on leasehold new builds

by Danielle Thompson (July 2019)

A ‘GUARDED’ welcome' has been given to a government's announcement that it is to ban new leasehold homes.

The government is pushing ahead with axing leaseholds for all new houses, which would in the future be sold as freehold unless in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Cambridge Ward Councillor Pat Keith, who has been campaigning against leasehold properties, has flagged up concerns that the plan may get bogged down in the ‘Brexit parliamentary saga’.

She said: “The government announced two years ago it is taking action on the iniquitous leasehold system and, at last, they have come up with proposals which they say will come into effect at some stage.

“My big worry is that we’re going to see another long delay not only because that’s the norm in Parliamentary business but also because the Brexit saga is dominating everything that happens at Westminster.

“I worry too for the people who are already living in leasehold homes and caught up in this scandal which is a ludicrous hangover from the Middle Ages.

“How are they going to be freed from these unjust and indefensible charges?”

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