Statement from the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) in response to the Law Commission’s paper published on 20th September regarding leasehold reform
All comments should be attributed to Mark Chick, ALEP Director, and Partner and Bishop & Sewell:
“The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has reviewed the Law Commission’s consultation paper ‘Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease’ published on 20th September.
“Leasehold enfranchisement has been in the spotlight now for many months, and with the furore surrounding this issue it is crucial that leaseholders are well informed and educated. ALEP welcomes the opportunity for sector-wide reform and clarification as set out in the Law Commission’s paper.
“Specifically, the proposal to remove limitations on the right to enfranchise, including the requirement that leaseholders must have owned their property for two years before making a claim. This will help to reduce the delay and costs for leaseholders.
“ALEP was established to uphold and promote high standards and best practice for those working in the leasehold enfranchisement sector. All members are fully vetted before joining to ensure they have the requisite expertise, and membership acts as a badge of assurance to clients that ALEP firms serve.
“Representatives of ALEP member firms were heavily involved in this consultation process with the Law Commission, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with the Government to provide technical expertise and advice regarding the complexities of leasehold enfranchisement for future consultations.
“Enfranchisement law is complicated, with differing legislation and acts that have come into force over the last 50 years. Whilst this latest report is another step forward in providing awareness, I would like to stress that as further changes in legislation occur, it is vital that anyone seeking representation on leasehold matters appoints a fully knowledgeable and reputable leasehold expert. Membership of ALEP acts as a kitemark to ensure all member firms work to an agreed level of professionalism and have the required expertise.
“ALEP looks forward to the final report due to be published in 2019.”