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Law of Property Act 1925

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 32108, tabled on 19 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2020 to Question 14608, when he plans to introduce the legislation to repeal Section 121 of the Law of Property Act 1925.

Answered on

27 March 2020

The Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and ensuring that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service.

The Government is aware that homeowners could be subject to a possession order or the granting of a lease of their home by the rentcharge owner over rentcharge arrears. As part of our leasehold reform work we have committed to repeal Section 121 of the Law of Property Act 1925 to ensure homeowners are not subjected to unfair possession orders. This will be pursued when Parliamentary time allows.

The Government also intends to legislate to ensure that freehold homeowners who pay estate rentcharges have the right to challenge their reasonableness and to go to the tribunal to appoint a new management company if necessary.