Leasehold Reform Bill goes to Lords

The Leasehold Reform Bill has successfully passed its third reading in the House of Commons and will now be sent to the House of Lords for review.

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) and leading law practise, Seddons, hailed the progress of the private members’ bill on January 24.

In a speech in the House of Commons, David Nuttall, MP for Bury North who piloted the bill through the commons, paid tribute to John Midgley, partner at Seddons, and ALEP, for their support of the bill’s progress.

The bill aims to make an amendment to the 1993 Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act in respect to notices.

If passed, it will allow attorneys and solicitors to sign notices on behalf of groups of tenants in collective enfranchisement claims, or individual tenants in lease extensions claims.

At present, notices under sections 13 or 42 of the 1993 Act must be signed by the tenant personally. The bill will also address the capacity of corporate bodies to sign notices.

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