Could this law change make renovating leasehold properties easier?

The outside of a block of flats with brickwork
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Laws that prevent leasehold owners from buying the freehold of their properties could be scrapped, under new plans being looked at by Michael Gove.

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, called the current system "unfair" in a televised interview last week, explaining that he was planning to shake it up.

Amy Willis
Web Editor

Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.