Dermot Mckibbin has set up this site.It  is intended to promote discussion and raise awareness amongst progressive opinion about the need for reform of the medieval leasehold system in England and Wales. The leasehold tenure has been abolished in nearly all the English-speaking world including Scotland. The site will occasionally cover other housing issues.

Dermot believes that the solution to the injustices of the leasehold system is to adopt the Commonhold Tenure. This would allow people to manage blocks of flats in accordance with their wishes. The leasehold system needs to be abolished and not just polished up at the edges.


Conservative housing policies in Bromley

Social cleansing of homeless families and Bromley Council The Conservative Party in Bromley owes an apology to local taxpayers, homeless families rehoused into Kent, applicants on its rehousing list and the Conservative MP for Medway. The political decision to sell off the housing stock owned by Bromley Council in 1992 to a housing [...]

Commonhold must replace old fashioned leasehold system

The above picture is the commonhold scheme in Bristol   Commonhold must replace old-fashioned leasehold system   England and Wales are one of the few countries in the world with a leasehold system that has its origins in feudal time. You can pay thousands for a lease and become a mere tenant when the lease […]

The Campaign to improve all types of building safety

The Grenfell Fire Tragedy and the Campaign to improve Fire Safety   It is now clear that this country is facing a major problem of fire safety standards in residential properties which the Government is failing to tackle effectively. Stage 2 of the Grenfell Inquiry heard recently that the company that made the insulation [...]

Winning elections, leasehold reform, and the Co-op Party

Winning elections, leasehold reform, and the Co-op Party   The Co-op party should fully support leasehold reform to expand the number of housing properties that are collectively owned in this country and to reap political support from over 4.5 million leaseholders in England, if Labour is ever to win another general election.   [...]

Complaints to the Housing Ombudsman from leaseholders

Complaints to the Housing Ombudsman from leaseholders and shared owners     The Housing Ombudsman has published a report from their handling of almost 2,000 complaints from leaseholders and shared owners over the last two years.( ) [...]

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