Tenants' concerns disappeared from government consultation


The views of disgruntled leaseholders were left on the sidelines of a government consultation on the problem after the disappearance of hundreds of pieces of evidence.

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But last week, the ministry sent an e-mail to the tenants who had responded and warned it that it had not received the answers provided to the consultation questions. Approximately 1,000 tenants were affected.

In the last 10 years, homebuilders have increased their profits by selling full ownership of real estate to investors tempted by revenues from guaranteed annual rents.

According to Nationwide, there are more than four million leasehold properties in England, of which 100,000 are subject to "unfair" conditions.

In its e-mail, the department said: "This e-mail is intended to inform you that your response will not be counted in the total figures reported as the official number of responses to the consultation."

He has now apologized and extended the response deadline to January 25th.

But Katie Kendrick, of the National Leasehold Campaign, the real estate activists, have questioned the accuracy of the evidence gathered.

She said: "My concern remains: how can they be certain that there have been no unanswered responses in their entirety?

"Therefore, I think the validity of the consultation is questionable and that it should be reopened for all, not just for those whom they have received in blank."

A spokesperson for the MHCLG said, "We are committed to reforming the tenant sector to make it better to support more homeowners. That's why we recently organized a technical consultation to gather the views of our proposals.

"Some responses to the consultation were received in blank. So we contacted the people involved and offered them the opportunity to resubmit their comments. If anyone has difficulty submitting the form, we will still accept their answers. "

One of the tenants involved was Louie Burns, of Leasehold Solutions, a company that helps homeowners. "It has become clear that many tenants are losing confidence in the many consultations organized by the government.

"Thousands of people have already spent dozens of hours trying to understand and respond to the many technical questions."

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