Canlyniadau 1–20 o 89 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Gascoigne

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Motion (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, in moving that the Bill do now pass, I recognise that we are now, finally, reaching the juddering climax of this Bill and this Parliament. As is only right and proper, there have been at times strongly held views about measures in the Bill. I am acutely aware that not everyone will be entirely satisfied with everything, but I remain encouraged and inspired by the passion that is...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Motion (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, I will first make a statement on the legislative consent process in relation to the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill. The provisions in the Bill deliver a substantial package of reforms that will significantly increase leaseholders’ rights as consumers and home owners. To deliver these benefits to all leaseholders across England and Wales, we have sought support for legislative...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 62 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Best, the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, and my noble friends Lord Bailey of Paddington and Lord Young for their amendments, and all who have spoken in the final group of this Bill. I will start with the amendments regarding the regulation of property agents. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Best—I appreciate he is not here—for raising the issue with the Minister...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 49 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I thank my noble friend Lord Moylan for Amendment 49 on the right to manage and local authorities. In taking forward this Bill, we have prioritised the most impactful of the Law Commission’s recommendations on enfranchisement and the right to manage. That includes allowing more leaseholders in mixed-use buildings to collectively acquire the freehold of their building, or to exercise their...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 49 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: As ever, I am grateful for the points my noble friend has made. I think it is as I have described previously: namely, that the Law Commission did not make any recommendations on local authority leaseholders. We recognise that the right to manage is not available for leaseholders with local authority landlords, where there are no secure tenants in the block. It is not available where there are...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 53 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Moylan for his amendment to Clause 61. The Government have laid Amendments 54 to 58, which will in part introduce a power to set regulations to suspend the requirement for certain landlords to apply to the relevant court or tribunal to recover their litigation costs until an event set out in regulations occurs. This will mean that the Secretary of State...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 44 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions in this group. I thank my noble friends Lord Young and Lord Bailey of Paddington, and the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, for their amendments regarding forfeiture and service charge enforcement. The upkeep and safety of buildings is paramount. Landlords, be they private companies or resident management companies, need an effective...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 31 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, I thank my noble friends Lord Moylan and Lord Howard of Rising for their amendments, and the right reverend Prelate for his comments. At the moment, it is difficult for a leaseholder to understand how much they must pay to the landlord when they enfranchise. Different rates are used across the country and across the industry on a case-by-case basis. It can therefore be costly and...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 21 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, I thank my noble friends Lord Howard of Rising and Lord Moylan for their amendments. These amendments would leave some leaseholders with wasting assets from which there is no escape. We have been unequivocally clear that the Government’s stated objective is to make it cheaper and easier for leaseholders to extend their lease or acquire their freehold. We do not believe that the...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 29 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, I thank my noble friend—if I can still call him that—Lord Moylan for these amendments. As I made clear in Committee, the Government have made their intention to make enfranchisement cheaper and easier for leaseholders explicitly clear. There has been much discussion of ground rents and the incidences where they cause difficulties for leaseholders. The provision in the Bill to...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 20 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham for these amendments and for his very kind comments about the Minister, which I will ensure she is aware of. The Government fully appreciate the essential work done by the charity sector and I completely understand the sector’s concerns about the deferment rate. I also understand the importance of prescribing the...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 16 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I thank my noble friends Lord Howard of Rising and Lord Moylan for these amendments. They lay some of the groundwork for the grandfathering amendments to marriage value, which will be discussed later—in group 7, I think—and we will debate the substantial matters then. One thing I would like to say now, so that I am not accused of ignoring it, is that the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 13 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I thank my noble friends Lord Howard of Rising and Lord Moylan for their amendments, and all who have spoken in this group. As we have already discussed on the previous group, residency is difficult to establish, can change quickly over time and could be manipulated, as previous residency requirements have been. The fact remains that a residency test would complicate the system overall,...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 13 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I would certainly be happy to defend this Bill and what it does. I therefore ask my noble friend to withdraw his amendment.

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 8 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Bailey of Paddington for his amendment, and indeed all noble Lords who spoke in this relatively brief group. We appreciate the benefits that a share of freehold arrangements has over ordinary leasehold arrangements with third-party landlords. That is why we are making it simpler and cheaper for leaseholders of flats to collectively enfranchise and...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 9 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I thank my noble friend Lord Howard of Rising for Amendment 9 on enfranchisement claims in mixed-use buildings. Establishing residency and occupation is, as I understand, difficult. It can change quickly over time and can easily be manipulated. That could lead to the validity of claims being challenged successfully, years after they have been acquired. A residency test would remove the...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 9 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: With respect to my noble friend, I thought I addressed the points. Introducing this measure would introduce a huge number of complications to the Bill.

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 1 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: I am grateful for all the contributions in what has been a relatively brief group. I will go through the issues that were raised chronologically. My noble friend Lord Young raised a specific case, and I have seen the correspondence he referred to. It is the Government’s policy to allow equity release in home finance products in houses, including home purchase plans and lifetime leases. We...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 1 (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Gascoigne: On the first question, it is with regret that I cannot give that date now. On his second question—whether I have confidence that we will win—that is up to the electorate, but I have every hope that we will. Obviously, I would not like to curse us in saying that—touch wood. Who knows? Let us see. I was also asked what action could be taken to make sure that this does not fall foul of...


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