We want to discuss two crucial pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on the UK property market: the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act and the Renters Reform Bill. These bills are aimed at promoting fairness, transparency, and protection for both leaseholders and renters. As your trusted legal partner, we are here to guide you through the key provisions and what they mean for you.


The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act


Leasehold reform has been a hot topic in the UK property market, and the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act marks a substantial step forward in protecting the rights of leaseholders. Here are the key highlights:


  1. Abolishing Ground Rent: The act seeks to eliminate ground rent on new residential long leases (usually leases with terms exceeding 21 years). Ground rent has been a source of contention for many leaseholders, often leading to unexpected costs and disputes. The act will effectively ban ground rent on these leases, providing relief for future homeowners.


  1. Lease Extensions: For leaseholders, the ability to extend their lease has become more accessible and affordable. The act allows leaseholders to extend their lease for up to 990 years with zero ground rent. This provision empowers leaseholders to gain control and security over their homes.


  1. Enfranchisement: The act also simplifies the process of collective enfranchisement, enabling leaseholders in a building to collectively buy the freehold and gain more control over the management and maintenance of their property. This offers an opportunity to reduce service charges and enhance property value.


The Renters Reform Bill


The Renters Reform Bill is equally significant, focusing on the rights and security of tenants. Here’s what you need to know:


  1. Abolishing Section 21 Evictions: The bill seeks to end ‘no-fault’ evictions by abolishing Section 21 notices. This change will provide tenants with greater security and discourage landlords from evicting tenants without good reason.


  1. Lifetime Deposits: The bill proposes the introduction of a lifetime deposit scheme, allowing tenants to carry their deposit from one tenancy to another. This eliminates the need for tenants to save for a new deposit every time they move, reducing financial burdens.


  1. Rental Repairs: The bill will introduce new measures to ensure that rental properties meet minimum safety and repair standards. This will give tenants peace of mind, knowing that their homes are safe and well-maintained.


  1. Rent Control: While not yet finalized, the Renters Reform Bill may also include provisions for rent control, aimed at preventing excessive rent increases and making housing more affordable for tenants.


How We Can Help


As your dedicated law firm, we are well-prepared to assist you in navigating these legislative changes. Whether you’re a leaseholder looking to extend your lease, a tenant facing rental issues, or a landlord adapting to new regulations, our experienced legal team is here to support you.


For leaseholders, we can help you understand your rights under the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act and assist you in lease extensions and collective enfranchisement.


For landlords, we can provide guidance on compliance with the Renters Reform Bill, including tenancy agreements and property management.


For tenants, we can advise you on your rights and options under the Renters Reform Bill, ensuring you have a safe and secure place to call home.




The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act and the Renters Reform Bill represent significant steps towards a more balanced and fair property market in the UK. As your trusted legal partner, we are here to help you understand and navigate these changes, ensuring you benefit from the protection and opportunities they provide.


If you have any questions or concerns about these bills or how they may affect your specific situation, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Property Team on 0161 850 9911. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way.