… And they should include homeowners trapped in re-sales, too
Housing minister Heather Wheeler has declared that housebuilders schemes to the doubling ground rent scandal – which has made 100,000 properties unsellable – “must go further and faster”.
Buyers of second hand properties need to be included, and the housebuilders’ ex-customers need to be “proactively contacted”.
At present, various offers to vary doubling ground rents to rents that rise with inflation have been made by housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey and Countryside Properties plc, and form some of the funds held by the ground rent speculators, such as E&J Capital Partners and
But in spite of repeated requests Taylor Wimpey’s only applies to those who contact the company, and it repeatedly refuses to say how many leaseholders are affected by the rip-off leases.
The housebuilders were contacted on December 21 2017 by the Communities Secretary Said Javid which “set out his position”.
Mrs Wheeler adds in a letter to Sir Henry Bellingham MP, Conservative MP for North West Norfolk:
“We will be keeping a close eye on progress and will consider measures that could be pursued to take action if necessary.”
We would urge ALL leaseholders caught up in the doubling ground rent scandal to contact Clive Betts MP and the MP members to the Communities Select Committer to haul in the house builder CEOs and freehold speculators for the full Philip Green treatment.
The Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government MPs are:
Mr Clive Betts (Chair) Labour
Mike Amesbury, Labour
Bob Blackman, Conservative
Helen Hayes, Labour
Kevin Hollinrake, Conservative
Andrew Lewer , Conservative
Jo Platt, Labour (Co-op)
Mark Prisk, Conservative
Mary Robinson, Conservative
Liz Twist, Labour
Matt Western, Labour