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A new good practice guide on major works for leaseholders and social landlords in Wales has been launched today by Torfaen’s AM, Lynne Neagle.
The event, which Ms Neagle sponsored, launched two guides jointly produced by the Welsh Government, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), Community Housing Cymru (CHC) and The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE).
The guide, aimed at leaseholders, will help to explain what major works are, landlords’ legal obligations to them, what best practice looks like and their rights with regards to consultation and involvement in the process. The guide, aimed at, Landlords will provide advice on managing works to blocks containing leasehold properties fairly and consistently, and includes options to be offered to aid leaseholders in spreading the payment for major works.
Ms Neagle has been a long-standing campaigner for leaseholders in her constituency, some of whom have been hit with very large bills for repairs or improvements to buildings and communal areas that they simply cannot afford.
Speaking at the launch, Lynne Neagle AM said:
“I have worked closely with leaseholders in my constituency over a number of years, many of whom are pensioners or on very modest incomes, and have faced huge bills for repairs or improvements that they simply cannot afford.
I am pleased therefore to launch these guides today and I would like to thank the Welsh Government, and former Minister Lesley Griffiths AM, who have paid particular attention to this important issue and for providing funding to LEASE to do this work.
I hope going forward these guides will help to ensure positive relations between social landlords and leaseholders are maintained and I will of course continue to work on behalf of my constituents to ensure their concerns are heard going forward.”
The Communities and Children Secretary, Carl Sargeant AM said:
“Major works to blocks of flats will inevitably be disruptive for residents but it’s really important for social landlords to ensure the works are appropriate and the charges are fair and proportionate.
This guide will help landlords understand their rights and responsibilities when undertaking major works programmes and will provide leaseholders with information about what is required of them. It will be a valuable tool in maintaining good relations between landlords and leaseholders and will help to ensure disputes are minimised.
Anthony Essien, Chief Executive at LEASE said:
“When this project was announced by the Welsh Government it was made clear that the outcome should be guidance that ensured that leaseholders are properly engaged and consulted by their landlord and there is transparency for major works.”
Ms Neagle will be writing to leaseholders in her constituency who have previously contacted her with information on the guides.