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News - 5 September 2003

Prepare for leasehold reforms

A conference aimed at helping local solicitors and managing agents to prepare for changes affecting leasehold properties is being held at Hove Town Hall on Thursday September 18.

The event is being organised by Brighton & Hove City Council and will be chaired by Peter Haler, Chief Executive of Lease, the national Leasehold Advisory Service.

The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 brought about major changes for leaseholders, their freeholders and managing agents.

Some reforms have already come into effect, but more will be introduced soon. Changes giving leaseholders the right to manage their own properties come into effect at the end of this month, and reforms to give leaseholders a greater say when consulted about major works being carried out on their building take effect in October.

The all day conference is open to people working with, and for, leaseholders and freeholders, leasehold residents' associations and other interested parties. The conference fee is £50 per person, which includes refreshments and lunch.

Councillor Jack Hazelgrove, chair of the city council's housing committee, said, "Brighton & Hove has more leaseholders than any other part of the country outside London, so these changes are very important to huge numbers of people in the city.

"We welcome the new laws giving leaseholders more control over what happens in their homes and for this reason the council is hosting this conference to ensure that those involved are kept as up to date as possible."

For more details about the conference, or to book a place, contact Kathryn Greig on 01273 293141 or e-mail kathryn.greig@brighton-hove.gov.uk.


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