§ 36. Mr. Hamling
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what publicity his Department has now arranged to ensure that leaseholders are aware of their rights under the Leasehold Reform Act.
§ Mr. MacColl
A free booklet is available from local authorities and Citizens' Advice Bureaux. Press Advertisements appeared in November and December and my right hon. Friend broadcast on 1st January on both television and radio.
The forms of notice prescribed under the Landlord and Tenant Act, 1954, have been altered to ensure as far as possible that a leaseholder entitled to enfranchisement or an extension of the lease does not lose his right through ignorance.
The Leasehold Reform Act also extends the Rent Act, 1965, to certain long leases and certain statutory tenancies; a free leaflet explaining this is available from local authorities, rent officers and Citizens' Advice Bureaux. A new edition of the booklet "Houses held on Ground Lease", is on sale.
§ 37. Mr. Hamling
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many leaseholders he now estimates will benefit from the Leasehold Reform Act.61W
§ Mr. MacColl
I estimate very roughly that up to 1¼ million houses in England and Wales come within the scope of the Act and I hope that all leaseholders who are entitled to do so will benefit from its provisions.