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This is the full government response to the consultation related to proposed secondary legislation under section 29A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 - Tenants’ Associations: power to request information about tenants.
New ways to make it easier for leaseholders to come together and form recognised tenant associations will make it quicker and easier to gain official recognition of a residents’ association. This will help leaseholders enforce their collective rights more effectively and scrutinise the management and services in their development more closely.
The new measures will:
require landlords to disclose contact details of consenting qualifying leaseholders to the secretary of a residents’ association
reduce the membership threshold required to form a recognised tenants’ association to 50% of eligible leaseholders
The publication also responds to the 2015 coalition government discussion paper Residential leasehold and recognised tenants’ associations - non statutory guidelines. This sought views on the membership threshold and other rules concerning recognised tenants’ associations, as set out in non-statutory guidance.
This consultation document seeks views on the government’s proposals for secondary legislation in relation to section 29A of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
Section 29A provides a new power for the Secretary of State by regulations to impose duties on a landlord to provide the secretary of a residents’ association with information about tenants.
The intention is to make it easier for a secretary of a tenants’ association to obtain contact information of qualifying tenants (leaseholders) from a landlord and so improve the prospects of the association being formally recognised.