March 24, 2017

Stop the leasehold ‘rip-offs’ by joining our APPG, Fitzpatrick tells MPs

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Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Polar and Limehouse, and a patron of LKP, yesterday urged his colleagues to join the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold.

Already 35 MPs and Lords have expressed their support.

Mr Fitzpatrick was speaking in the Commons adjournment debate before MPs head off for their summer holidays.

He said:

“There are a whole number of major issues on leasehold reform.

“England is one of the few countries in the world that still have leasehold — it does not exist in Scotland — resulting in unfair ground rents, excessive service charges, retirement home rip-offs, restricted lengths of leases and expensive dispute resolution procedures.

“It took us two and a half years to get the Department for Communities and Local Government to recognise that there were not 2.5 million leaseholders in Britain.

“It has now recalculated the number at 4.1 million, but the leasehold reform MPs who are active in the Chamber think there are more like 7 million, and those people are being ripped off.

“This area of legislation urgently needs reform, and I am grateful to the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership—the charity campaigning on this area—which helps the hon. Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) and myself.

“We are forming an all-party group on the issue in September, and I invite all colleagues to join it to ensure that we can put pressure on the Government and get leasehold reform.”

Full debate here