A Labour Government would give leaseholders security from rip-off ground rents – Healey
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State
for Housing, commenting on new government statistics showing
that there are four million leasehold dwellings in England, said:
“These new figures confirm for the first time the
scale of leasehold ownership in England.
“Home-owners who own their home as leaseholders are
currently unprotected from rip-off rises in ‘ground rents’ from developers or
“At its worst this is little better than legalised
extortion and too many leaseholders are having to pay hefty bills as a result.
Under a Labour Government this sharp practice would end.
“This is unfinished business for Labour – we gave
leaseholders more protection in government, but the continuing problem now
means we must do more.
“A Labour Government would give leaseholders
security from rip-off ground rents and end the routine use of leasehold
ownership in new housing developments.”