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.


Ask the London Mayor to reform shared ownership in the capital

Questions to Sadiq Khan for the Mayor’s question time at the London Assembly on 18 June 2019     Members of the public can ask formal questions at the meetings of their local council. The same system applies for meetings of the Greater London Assembly where the London Mayor answers such questions. The next meeting […]

Leaseholders, Fire Safety and the Government

Leaseholders, Fire safety problems and the Conservatives     On 14 June 2017, a preventable fire broke out at the Grenfell Tower block. 72 people tragically lost their lives. The aftermath has exposed the appalling scandal of the country’s fire safety system. In  October 2019 the  Inquiry Chairman issued  his Phase 1 report [...]

Shared Ownership, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Emperor’s New Clothes

    The Government want to make shared ownership a mainstream tenure. All tenants in new housing association properties will have the right to shared ownership of their home.  ( There are approximately 157,000 households in shared ownership homes in England. [...]

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