Leaseholders set for new powers under proposed ‘user-friendly’ Right to Manage reforms

The Law Commission has today unveiled a series of reforms to make it quicker and easier for leaseholders to take control of the day-to-day management of their building.

It has released a consultation on how to change the way leaseholders apply for the Right to Manage (RTM).

Proposals include extending RTM powers from leasehold flat owners to those in houses as well as letting leaseholders apply to manage multiple blocks and addressing the costs and paperwork in applying to a landlord for such rights.

Stephen Lewis, commercial and common law commissioner, said: “The RTM process is not working at the moment and change is needed.

“This is a very practical project and we’ve been focused on developing proposals that make sure the RTM is more user-friendly, particularly for leaseholders.

“We look forward to hearing how the public thinks we can make the process as effective as possible.”

Housing minister Heather Wheeler added: “This Government is determined to reform the leasehold sector to better support home owners.

“This includes making it easier for those who wish to exercise their RTM and take direct control of their block.

“I welcome the Law Commission’s consultation proposals and encourage all those with an interest to come forward and offer their views.”

The consultation closes on April 30.

www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/right-to-manage/

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