The MP for East Runcorn has welcomed new reforms which could save leaseholders in Sandymoor thousands of pounds.

Until now homeowners in leasehold properties have had to pay well over the odds to buy the leasehold, or else face the prospect of being in an unsellable property. The new laws unveiled by the government, following pressure from the Labour Party and campaign groups, will make it simpler and cheaper for leaseholders to buy their properties.

MP for East Runcorn Mike Amesbury has campaigned against the leasehold scandal since he was first elected in 2017.

Mr Amesbury said: “Since I was first elected as an MP this has been one of the biggest issues raised with me by constituents in Sandymoor and I’ve been fighting hard on their behalf to try and get this feudal system reformed. “Leasehold is a symbol of our broken housing system, with millions of England’s homeowners feeling like they’ve bought their home but still don’t own it.”

Ground rents will also be scrapped for millions, with a new right to extend leases to 990 years.

But Mr Amesbury remains cautious and insisted that more still needs to be done.

He said: “With so many announcements and false dawns from successive housing ministers the proof will be in the delivery.

“Justice must be done for the 4.5 million leaseholders trapped in this system.”