The government has asked the Law Commission to review the right to manage (RTM) legislation to make it simpler, quicker and more accessible, particularly for leaseholders.

The consultation makes provisional proposals for reform of the current RTM legislation.

The Commission’s provisional proposals include:

  • relaxing the qualifying criteria, so that leasehold houses, and buildings with more than 25 per cent non-residential space, could qualify for the RTM
  • permitting multi-building RTM on estates
  • reducing the number of notices that leaseholders must serve, and giving the tribunal the power to waive procedural mistakes
  • setting out clearer rules for the transfer of information about management functions, and for the management of property which is not exclusive to the premises claiming the RTM, and
  • requiring each party to bear its own costs of any tribunal action and exploring options for the landlord’s non-litigation costs.

The Law Commission is holding four regional events between 11 February and 1 March which are aimed at professionals in the legal and property sectors. These events will be an opportunity for professionals interested in the proposed reforms to the law of commonhold and the RTM to give their views.