Leasehold banned on new-build homes
Despite the ban on leaseholds being promised back at the start of 2018, the government went on to backtrack on their plans. It was only recently the confirmation came through from government ministers that they will legislate to sell all new homes on a freehold basis (save exceptional circumstances).
The ban only applies to new homes being built, those which already have been built can still be sold as leasehold. In addition to the ban, ground rents on new leases will be reduced to zero, putting an end to the financial misery for those looking to buy new. For flats and apartments built as new, the ground rent change will apply once the new rules come into force, but they will still be able to be sold as leasehold.