Dear Sir Peter,
Following the publication of our Reports on enfranchisement, the right to manage, and commonhold in July, I would like to put on record my thanks to the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership (LKP), as secretariat to the APPG on leasehold and commonhold reform, for the constructive engagement they have had with us throughout our work.
As you know, a key term of reference for our projects was “to provide a better deal for leaseholders as consumers”, and it was therefore very important that we heard from leaseholders and understood the leaseholder voice.
The LKP has played a crucial role in enabling us to engage with leaseholders through our work, and has helped to provide an evidence-base for the problems that leaseholders currently encounter.
They have engaged with us at each stage from when we first consulted on leasehold issues for our 13th Programme of Law Reform.
Their assistance to us has included disseminating information about our work, particularly our public consultations, to leaseholders, and encouraging leaseholders to take part in our consultations, hosting and organising consultation events for us to present our provisional proposals, meeting with us to discuss provisional proposals and provide appropriate critical challenge, providing formal consultation responses, raising the profile of our work within the media, and providing briefings to support the launch of our publications.
We mention in our Reports that there is a systemic inequality between landlords and leaseholders, where landlords are generally better able to provide detailed responses to our consultation papers.
Throughout our work, the LKP has helped to maintain balance by providing a strong leaseholder voice to feed into our policy development, helping to ensure that we have the evidence necessary to inform our policy conclusions.
I have greatly appreciated the LKP’s input into our work, and I hope that they will continue to engage with us in any future work that we undertake.
Professor Nicholas Hopkins Commissioner
Dear Sir Peter,