The low-rent test, which applies to houses (since the 1967 Act) and is now being extended to flats will remain untouched. This test broadly qualifies a lessee to buy the freehold of their property if the ground rent is less than two- thirds rateable value at grant of lease. By setting ground rents at more than two-thirds, landlords can disenfranchise a property. I know. My ground rent is 'low' at pounds 230 a year, but I am disenfranchised by a mere pounds 4.
The rent test is only one of several unjustified hurdles incorporated into the Bill which will ensure that universal leasehold enfranchisement will not result.
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