Have your say on the law governing residential leases

Thursday 06 October 2016

The Law Commission wants your views on reform to the law governing residential leases.

It is just one of the 12 projects which they are considering taking forward so if you want to see it given the attention it deserves you need to respond by 31 October 2016. If you don't respond it might not be taken any further. 

They are particularly interested to hear what the problems in the law are, any information you can provide about the scale of those problems, and what you consider to be the likely benefits of reform (for example, economic, societal and environmental benefits). Facts, statistics, and indications of time spent or money lost, as well as the non-financial impact of problems with the law, are all helpful.

They need to collect this information to build the case for reform and to assist in their discussions with government departments about the priority that potential projects should be given.

The commission have highlighted the following areas of concern:

  • Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

  • Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995

  • Where the law is causing practical difficulties for landlords and tenants
  • Service charges
  • Agricultural tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.

However, if you have other concerns about residential leases, if enough people respond they will also look at such issues. 

>> More information <<

You can respond directly to the commission by filling out the form and sending to programme@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk 


If you prefer you can email our own Policy and Campaigns Officer Tim Douglas with your views or proposals. Please email timdouglas@naea.co.uk