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  • Councillor's 'guarded welcome' to government's planned axing of leasehold new builds

    Danielle Thompson

    A 'GUARDED welcome' is being given to the government's announcement that they are to ban new leasehold homes.

    Communities secretary James Brokenshire said that 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.'

    But 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 that they were 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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