Leasehold & Freehold Bill – Progress Through UK Parliament


A ban on new leasehold houses and limits on ground rent for new flats are contained in the long-awaited and eagerly awaited Bill. This Bill hopes to make selling quicker and easier.

It is now clear to the UK Government, that the leasehold system is unfair and outdated, this forms part of their long-term plan for housing and it is hoped to deliver significant new rights and protections, limit unfair costs and crack down on exploitation.

Key features of the Bill

The headline content is already known, after it was announced in the King’s Speech on 7 November 2023.

  • An increase in the standard lease extension from 90 years (or 50 years in flats) to 990 years
  • Greater transparency over service charges by making freeholders or managing agents issue bills in a standardised format that is clearer and easier to challenge
  • Making it easier and cheaper for leaseholders to take over the management of their property
  • Scrapping the presumption that leaseholders pay their freeholders' legal costs when challenging poor practice
  • Banning opaque and excessive buildings insurance commissions for freeholders and managing agents
  • Removing the requirement for a new leaseholder to have owned their house or flat for two years before they can extend their lease or buy their freehold


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 The Decent Homes Standard 

There are new proposals to improve tenants' living standards as part of the Renters (Reform) Bill.

The Decent Homes standard sets the minimum standards for social housing. In November 2023, the government put forward a proposal to introduce a Decent Homes Standard to the private rented sector for the first time.

Here's what we know so far.


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   Renters (Reform) Bill 


The Renters (Reform) Bill is set to be a major piece of legislation to overhaul the private rented sector. One of the headline aims of the bill is to abolish Section 21 “no fault” evictions.

The bill has generated diverse responses from both parliament and the private rented sector. The main headline in the media has been the proposed abolition of section 21 (so-called "no fault" evictions).

However, there are many other significant proposals - such as the move to rolling, periodic tenancies, new rules for pets in lets, a new property ombudsman, and a new property proposal. 

This guide to the Renters (Reform) Bill covers:

  1. What is the Renters (Reform) Bill? 
  2. Why is the Renters (Reform) Bill being introduced?
  3. How do letting agents and landlords feel about the changes to come?
  4. What stage is the Renters (Reform) Bill at?
  5. What's included in the Renters (Reform) Bill?
    1. Section 21 "no fault" evictions to be abolished
    2. Periodic tenancies to become standard
    3. Notice periods for rent increases to be doubled
    4. Tenants given more rights to keep pets in properties
    5. A new ombudsman covering all private landlords
    6. A new property portal for private landlords and tenants
  6. Future proposed changes for the private rented sector
    1. Applying the Decent Home Standard to the private rented sector
    2. Bans on renting to families with children or those on benefits to be outlawed

Read this guide to find out more about the headlines of the bill.

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