Latest updates on leasehold reform

12 January, 2022

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities is consulting on a number of Law Commission recommendations that would broaden access to collective enfranchisement and right to manage. The proposals would increase the non-residential limit from 25% to 50%, allowing leaseholders in buildings with up to 50% non-residential floor space to buy their freehold or claim a right to manage. The government is also considering compulsory leasebacks for non-participating units. On commonhold, consideration is being given to how shared ownership products work in commonhold settings and on the provision of information for buying and selling a commonhold property. The consultation will close on 22 February 2022.

Reforming the leasehold and commonhold systems in England and Wales – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Secondly, the long awaited Supreme Court decision in the Settlers Court RTM case was handed down today. The landlord’s appeal was successful and the court held the management powers conferred under a right to manage claim are confined to the subject building and not to any wider Estate facilities on a multi block development.  As a consequence, the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Gala Unity Ltd v Ariadne Road RTM Co Ltd, concerning the same point, was held to be wrongly decided. See link below for press summary and in there you will find a further link to the full judgment.

FirstPort Property Services Ltd (Appellant) v Settlers Court RTM Company and others (Respondents) [2022] UKSC 1

On appeal from: [2019] UKUT 243 (LC)

https://www.supremecourt.uk/press-summary/uksc-2020-0066.html

More information on the above to follow here on our blog.

 

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