Despite multiple promises from multiple ministers, dating back to at least 2019, when the Leasehold Reform Bill finally materialised, late last year, it left much to be desired.
With over 70% of all property sales made up by leaseholds, Battersea is one of the worst affected areas in the country.
The Secretary of State for Housing indicated that he favoured abolishing the unfair and outdated system entirely – a perspective which resonates with the majority of the public. However, the bill not only failed to do this, but also lacked sufficient protections for tenants from unscrupulous landlords. It also continued to subject them to opaque service charges and unjustifiable ground rents.
I impressed the inadequacy of these reforms to the Commons.