Campaigns fighting against leasehold housing ‘trap’

Campaigners caught up in the ‘trap’ of a leasehold home, effectively a long-term rental agreement, are taking mass legal action for the first time.

Another concern for leaseholders is that landowners can impose strict rules on their lease, with homeowners sometimes having to pay large costs, for anything from changing the carpet to building a conservatory.

The Home Builders Federation, that represents developers, believes there is still a place for leaseholds, if they are used fairly.

More than six million properties in England and Wales are leasehold, according to the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.

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