July was a month in which the issue of leasehold took centre stage again – in baking heat members of the National Leasehold Campaign took their case to Parliament in a very public way and the mainstream media’s interest in leasehold grew again. The CA’s excellent work in the leasehold space continues to garner coverage and as a trade body we are supportive of further initiatives in order to support those who feel they are ‘stuck’ in leasehold homes.
In other areas, the appointment of our new Non-Executive Chair, Paul Smee, secured plenty of coverage and interest as we move the trade body onto its next level, with the start of the Policy & Strategy Board (PSB) that will meet for the first time in September. As there are new beginnings, so there are some endings (of a sort) and the retirement of our former Chairman, Eddie Goldsmith, also pricked the media’s interest. He will of course continue working with the CA as a special advisor.
Finally, July brought with it another Cabinet reshuffle which of course meant another new Housing Minister, just seven months after the last ‘new’ Housing Minister. Kit Malthouse takes over the reins and the CA has been vocal in its view that we need a period of real stability in this role.
Full details of all coverage in July can be found below:
Eddie Goldsmith retires from GW Legal – mentions CA
Interview with Eddie Goldsmith
Leasehold scandal: Developers could face criminal charges for breaking consumer protection rules when selling new build homes
The next phase built on firm foundations – Paul Smee blog
New Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse, announced – comments from CA
The Revolving Door of Housing Ministers – Beth Rudolf article
Improving the home buying process – how we can deliver this ourselves
Conveyancers comment on low growth in house prices – comment from Beth Rudolf
Stuck in the leasehold trap – contains details of the CA’s guide on leasehold