Does this saga ever end?

We've had the rip-off rent charges and now this. 

Homeowners are discovering they paid Barratts almost twice for their freehold reversion than their neighbours. 

Barratts are at pains to point out that the price is set by institutional investors at the same you buy the freehold. 

Clearly given the recent negative press over rent charges it is hardly surprising that the market has tanked. If you happen to buy your freehold now you are likely therefore to get a good deal. 

Unlucky for those who bought their freeholds earlier however. 

The Government is clearly itching to intervene here and they are now mooting outlawing leases for houses altogether. 

If they do,  and the nice earner of selling rent charges is at an end, developers will look to recoup profits elsewhere I suspect.