UPDATE: March 15. The DCLG press office has asked LKP to make clear that the government is considering adding leasehold abuses – not leasehold itself, as we originally reported – to consumer protection laws and that the first sentence of this article has been amended accordingly.
Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, said the government is considering whether leasehold abuses could be included in a Consumer Green Paper.
In response to Sir Peter Bottomley in the Commons earlier this week, he said:
“I commend my hon. Friend on the work that he has done on leasehold abuses. That Green Paper is being led by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [Greg Clark], and we are considering whether leasehold abuses could be included in it.”
Sir Peter had asked: “The Chancellor has announced that there is to be a Green Paper on dealing with unfair clauses and terms in consumer contracts. I do not know whether the Secretary of State has been paying attention to the difficulties that leaseholders are facing, but will he ensure that, one way or another—preferably one way and another—those are taken into account, if necessary through a super-complaint, so that unfair terms can be struck out and those who exploit leaseholders can be dealt with firmly?”