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Leasehold Life is very pleased to have been given the opportunity to reproduce this article written by Nigel Wilkins, who is not only the Chairman of CARL (Campaign for the Abolition of Residential Leasehold). Nigel has represented the interests of leaseholders over a number of years, not just by regular communication with Government and providing input to the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 but also in the media, appearing on Radio 4's Money Box programme and writing for the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.He was requested by Grant Shapps to submit the organisation's key objectives for leasehold reform.
'I have been exchanging e-mails with the new housing minister for quite a few weeks now, which is something never achieved with Labour ministers, despite my membership for a number of years of the executive committee of the Labour Housing Group. I am hoping he will do for the leasehold system what Ken Clarke has done to the prison service, not least because there are a few interesting parallels'.
'When CARL was set up more than ten years ago, we issued a manifesto with 5 key objectives:
Since then of course, we have seen the implementation of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002, which has introduced commonhold as a largely theoretical concept. Our revised objectives are as follows:'
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