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Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act


There were a number of amendments to the law on long leases by virtue of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 and various regulations made under the Act. These are dealt with in the sub-pages at the appropriate places. (See below for the commencement orders and also the detailed list on the Commonhold and Leasehold reform pages of the infolaw site).

2002 Act - Commencement orders

England: Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No.1, Savings and Transitional Provisions) (England) Order 2002)(SI 2002/1912) - changes relating mainly to enfranchisement. In force 26 July 2002.

Wales: Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No 1, Savings and Transitional Provisions) (Wales) Order 2002 (WSI 2002/3012) - changes relating mainly to enfranchisement. In force 1 January 2003.

England: Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No.2, Savings and Transitional Provisions) (England)Order 2002)(SI 2003 No. 1986) - includes new right to manage, service charges, leasehold valuation tribunals, Crown, estate management charges - Two commencement dates: 30 September and 30 October 2003.

Wales: Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No 2 and Savings)(Wales) Order 2004 - includes new right to manage, service charges, leasehold valuation tribunals, Crown, estate management charges. In force 30 March 2004.

England and Wales: The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2003 - various provisions relating to commonhold including the ombudsman. In force 29 September 2003.

England and Wales: The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2004 - brought Commonhold into force on 27 September 2004.

England and Wales: The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No.5 and Saving and Transitional Provision) Order 2004
- includes collective enfranchisement valuation at the date of the s13 notice, insurance on leasehold houses, ground rent notices, restrictions on forfeiture. In force 28 February 2005.

England:The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No.5 and Saving and Transitional Provision) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005 (S 2005 No. 193) - The order bringing in the change in valuation date for collective enfranchisement (the 5th commencement Order) has been amended so that the change will not have effect where notice is given under section 13 of the 1993 Act, or application for a vesting order is made under section 26 of the 1993 Act, before 28th February 2005.

Wales: Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No 3 and Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005 (SI 1353; W 101) - Further provisions brought into force on 31 May 2005, supplemented in some cases by regulations.
  • Price to be paid for the freehold calculated by reference to interests in the property on the date that the notice to enfranchise is given just the commencement order below.
  • Ground rent notices
  • Ability of tenant of houses to arrange own insurance even though lease requires insurance through landlord.
  • Restrictions on forfeiture - no forfeiture without determination of liability
  • Restrictions on forfeiture for small sums - prescribed sum 350 prescribed period 3 years
England: The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (Commencement No.6) (England) Order 2007 - Brings into force s153 of the 2002 Act on 1 October 2007 – which requires that a demand for service charges must be accompanied by a summary of the rights and obligations of the tenant. (See also "Summary of leaseholder's rights" on Service charges page).


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