Ground rents on new leases could be capped at £10 a year under new proposals.
But while the proposals could be good news for people who buy leasehold properties in the future, existing leaseholders trapped in unsellable properties have yet to receive any clarity on whether they could be entitled to redress.
The government has today launched its latest consultation into leasehold reform.
The most significant proposal put forward involves capping ground rents - which often run to hundreds of pounds a year - at a nominal fee of £10 on new leases.
Housing minister James Brokenshire says: 'Unfair ground rents can turn a homeowner's dream into a nightmare by hitting them in the back pocket, and making their property harder to sell.'
The other proposals include:
When you buy a house, it will either be leasehold or freehold. If you buy a leasehold home, you own the property itself but not the land it stands on.
This means you'll need to pay an annual fee known as aground rent to the freeholder, as well as aservice charge for the maintenance of any common areas.
Traditionally, leasehold homes have almost always been flats, though in the past decade many developers have started selling houses as leasehold, too. The government is planning to ban this in almost all cases.
Its proposals included giving leaseholders additional rights to buy or extend their lease, and removing the need for them to have owned their property for at least two years before doing so. The proposals are now part of a separate consultation which runs until 20 November.
The Law Commission's report was condemned as 'window dressing' by the National Leasehold Campaign, a Facebook group of frustrated leasehold homeowners which boasts over 12,000 members.
These are some of the biggest issues many leaseholders are currently facing:
Earlier this year, we published the most comprehensive research of its kind into the leasehold scandal, covering everything from ground rent doubling clauses to punitive permission fees.
As part of this project, we spoke to nearly 200 leaseholders. These homeowners raised complaints about houses built by 19 different housebuilders, including seven of the 10 biggest developers in the UK.
Which? has also submitted a response to the HCLG Committee's call for evidence into the progress of the government's leasehold reforms.
In June, Which? visited Andrea Millward, a leasehold homeowner based in Prescot, Merseyside.
Andrea's lease has a ground rent doubling clause, which means that the £295 a year she pays now will reach £9,440 in 50 years.
Watch the video below for Andrea's story.