Campaigning for Forgotten Leaseholders
Campaigning for better leasehold conditions is a slow and steady process of lobbying politicians and civil servants, generating publicity, building alliances with other organisations, responding to consultations, being present at key events and meetings. Under Bob’s Smytherman’s dynamic leadership, our profile has grown significantly in the last couple of years, with mentions in the Lords (even Bob’s Tweets got referenced! – see 12.47), appearances on radio and television, quotes in national papers, the establishment of a good relationship with the DCLG, and attracting the interest of university researchers doing projects on leasehold housing.
The campaign for better leasehold also NEEDS YOU. The more people that bombard MPs and Lords with letters, the more they will listen.
The Federation of Private Residents’ Associations actively campaigns and lobbies on behalf of private sector leaseholders and resident management companies. It provides lease advice, gives leaseholders a voice and influence with government and the media, including representation on working parties and other consultation exercises. More information about the FPRA’s activities can be be found in the Members’ Area.
Not sure who your MP is?
You can find out here and support the FPRA by writing to your MP about any of the campaign issues.
Key Campaign Issues for the FPRA
- Ensuring a robust illegal parking ticketing system in the post-car-clamping world
- Lobbying for electricity supplies to common parts of blocks to be treated as domestic, not commercial
- Energy efficiency and the Green agenda
- Disability issues and the impact on blocks
- Transparency in insurance costs
- Safety of service charge funds/regulation of agents
- Making Commonhold work
- Improving legislation
- Improving the operation of First Tier Tribunal (FTTs)
- Raising the £250 Section 20 ceiling in line with inflation and realistic spending costs – Use the FPRA model letter to write about the shortcomings of Section 20.
- Safety of service charge funds against fraud and bank crashes
- Improving and simplifying the complicated and massive body of leasehold law
- Reduce unnecessarily onerous and time-consuming regulations for Resident Management Companies
- Make legislators think about how new laws may adversely affect, or be unworkable in, leasehold properties
- Ban unfair insurance commissions