Earlier this afternoon two of the co-chairs of the Leasehold and Commonhold Reform All Party Parliamentary Group made a submission to the backbench business committee for a debate on leasehold and commonhold issues.
At approximately 2:47 Sir Peter Bottomley states that he wishes to “place on the record we are dissatisfied with the running of LEASE”, the government funded Leasehold Advisory Service.
The relevant part of the hearing starts at about 2:44 pm and can be watched here:
This is a matter that the APPG wish to be considered as part of the wider backbench debate on all leasehold issues, which has been requested.
The backbench committee should announce when the debate has been scheduled in the near future.
At a further meeting, with Housing Minister Alok Sharma later in the afternoon, Sir Peter made clear that it should be a cause for concern to the DCLG that the APPG has had to indicate that it considers the LEASE chair Roger Southam to be conflicted.
As a result, he is not invited to any APPG meetings.
Sir Peter went on to explain that he considers it wrong that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has now also felt it necessary to decline to attend DCLG meetings where Mr Southam continues to attend.