Fiona has urged the Government to bring forward legislation to help local residents in freehold properties who are subject to challenges and charges imposed by management companies.
Fiona asked the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government,
"What progress has been made on bringing forward legislation to give freeholders the right to challenge the reasonableness of estate maintenance charges and management fees?"
Responding on behalf of the Department, Eddie Hughes MP, Minister in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said,
"The Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and ensuring that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service. We intend to legislate to ensure that freehold homeowners who pay estate rent charges have the right to challenge their reasonableness and to go to the tribunal to appoint a new management company if necessary. This is part of a comprehensive programme of reform to end unfair practices in the leasehold market and on managed estates. We will bring forward legislation in the upcoming session to set future ground rents to zero. This will be the first part of seminal two-part legislation to implement reforms in this Parliament."