Following a consultation, the government has announced new measures to deal with leasehold issues. The measures include:

• legislation to prevent the sale of new build leasehold houses except where necessary (such as shared ownership);

• ensuring ground rents on new long leases for houses and flats are set at zero;

• working with the Law Commission to support existing leaseholders and make purchasing a freehold or extending a lease much easier, faster and cheaper;

• providing clear support to leaseholders on the various redress routes available;

• reviewing the support and advice to leaseholders to ensure it is fit for purpose;

• ensuring freeholders have equivalent rights to leaseholders to challenge unfair service charges.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ crackdown-on-unfair-leasehold-practices--2