Leasehold exemptions for community led housing are in touching distance

Thursday 15 November 2018


Community led housing is expected to be made exempt from the Government’s proposed ban of sales of new-build leasehold houses.

The Government has now asked the public for views before implementing any changes. The deadline for responses is Monday 26 November.

The National CLT Network, together with UK Cohousing, has led a campaign to raise awareness of the justified use of leasehold and ground rents by community led housing groups. Our initial response to the 2017 consultation has been followed up with two meetings with officials at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Thanks to this work the Greater London Authority has pledged its support for the movement’s exemption from the proposals.

The National CLT Network and UK Cohousing will be submitting a final response in agreement with the Government’s plans in the coming days and is welcoming members to write their own statements of support.

The consultation Implementing reforms to the leasehold system in England can be found here. Please see page 13 for the section on exemptions.


Responses can be provided through Survey Monkey here


can be emailed (question sheet on page 32) to


The deadline for all responses is midnight on Monday 26 November 2018.


Tom Chance, Director at the National CLT Network, said:

“Proposed changes to leasehold came as a surprise to the movement when the Government announced its plans for reform back in July 2017. In fact, it's fair to say that the proposals had unintended consequences which were a surprise to the Government too.

“We’ve spent considerable time working together with UK Cohousing and our members to highlight how the movement is using leasehold positively and I’m delighted that the Government has recognised this and is in agreement. This a major campaign win for the Network.”


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