We cannot deny that, politically at least, July was an incredibly eventful month, with a new Prime Minister, followed swiftly by a new Secretary of State at the MHCLG and a new Housing Minister. Clearly, all three have only been in position a matter of weeks so it’s difficult to gauge how they might differ from their predecessors, especially when it comes to the ongoing work to improve the home-buying process.
Leasehold change is likely to remain high on the agenda, and last month the CA launched its templated letter to secure LPE1 information, while the Labour Party stepped into the fray with its report on the ‘scandal’. The CA issued its response to the report which secured strong coverage across the piece while we continued to push the Association’s key messages in this area, particularly around ensuring Lease Administrators are kept to set fees for the information they provide, and that they do so within a much quicker timescale.
The housing market in general has been in the spotlight since Boris Johnson became PM, and there are whisperings that we may see some notable changes to stamp duty in the near future. Our Director of Delivery, Beth Rudolf, looked at the potential winners and losers from some of the changes which have been speculated upon. The big question is when might we see a Budget delivering on this?
Full details of all coverage in July can be found below:
Major leasehold changes offer hope to homebuyers – Beth Rudolf regular article
Unlike this Tory government, Labour will end the leasehold scandal – mentions the CA
Yorkshire Law Firm wins National Legal Award – mentions the CA
Boris Johnson’s stamp duty changes – who would be the winners and losers? Beth Rudolf regular article
The politics of conveyancing – Paul Smee website blog