I welcome the Government’s announcement of banning unnecessary leasehold sales in new builds. The Government have rightly recognised that many face unjustified fees and uncertainty about management issues in properties people should own outright.
The same level of exploitation and rip off fees is prevalent through the installation of district heating systems. I raised these concerns in the last parliament and am aware of other MPs acting on this issue.
There appears to be a very significant difference in cost, transparency, regulation and consumer choice within the district heating industry and Government action along similar lines as their recent announcement would be very welcome given the increasing number of new home developments with district heating schemes.
I have now written to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, to highlight these concerns.