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Freehold: Service Charges

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 68411, tabled on 2 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to give freeholders who pay charges for the maintenance of communal areas and facilities on a private or mixed use estate access to equivalent rights as leaseholders to challenge the reasonableness of such service charges.

Answered on

8 July 2020

The Government intends to legislate to give freeholders on private and mixed tenure estates equivalent rights to leaseholders to challenge the reasonableness of estate rentcharges as well as a right to apply to the First-tier Tribunal to appoint a new manager for the provision of services covered by estate rentcharges. We will bring forward legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows.