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Jailed Bryanston Court fraudster Brian Copsey exposed by £1.8m bounced cheque

'He lived among his victims with no apparent shame or remorse' The respected finance director of a residents’ management company at Bryanston Court in central London was exposed as a thief after a £1.8 million cheque bounced.Brian Copsey, an accountant from New Zealand, plundered his neighbours of £1.1 million “to pay for his children’s education” … and to fund an “extravagant lifestyle”. … [Read More...]

Deep Sagar: 'Stop promoting Mire or resign', says Sir Peter Bottomley

Quango-crat Deep Sagar told: sack ‘disgraced and disgraceful’ Benjamin Mire or sack yourself!

Sir Peter Bottomley has told the chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service Deep Sagar to stop advertising the services of  Benjamin Mire – or resign.And the LEASE executive can go with him, the veteran MP adds.Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management based in Colindale, north London, is a chartered surveyor who sat as a panel member of the property tribunal until he resigned in the midst of an investigation last summer. … [Read More...]

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Survey on leasehold flood insurance

The British Insurance Brokers' Association has launched a survey for leasehold flood insurance to find out how leaseholders have been affected by the winter deluge.At present, leasehold properties are excluded from the government’s Flood Re insurance scheme and BIBA wants to quantify the evidence.The exclusion also applies to small businesses, homes built after 2009 and council tax Band H homes. … [Read More...]

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Campaign for Housing in Later Life traced to … McCarthy and Stone HQ!

The Campaign for Housing in Later Life has been traced back to the Bournemouth headquarters of McCarthy and Stone.The website, which seems to have been started last autumn, has a registered IP identification that uses the same postal address as the retirement leasehold developer.Other backers whose logos adorn the website include Peverel, Anchor Trust, Girlings, the Home Builders Federation and the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), which represents companies developing … [Read More...]

Baroness Maddock wants more right to manage and more commonhold

‘Five million leaseholders is a lot of votes’, the Lords are told

The House of Lords had another short debate on leasehold issues last Thursday and urged the case for reform to benefit five million leaseholders.The debate was initiated by by LibDem peer Baroness Maddock, who said “further reform is still needed and is very much a live concern for the millions of people living in leasehold properties”.“The majority of new homes being built are flats, bringing the whole matter of leasehold further to the fore. The current system vests too much power in … [Read More...]

We WILL take money from Benjamin Mire, says Leasehold Advisory Service

 The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is going to keep on taking money from controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire after dithering over the issue for FOUR months.Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management, is a chartered surveyor who was a panel member of the property tribunal until he resigned in the midst of an investigation last summer.In an exceptional move, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office made clear that he would have been sacked in any case. He … [Read More...]

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Legal army to stop West India Quay getting … a recognised residents’ association

Giving recognition to a residents’ association at the most exclusive apartment block in Canary Wharf posed the sort of “risks that you see with the trade unions”, the First-Tier Tribunal was told last Thursday.The remark was made by the freeholder’s professional witness, chartered surveyor Bruce Maunder Taylor – and was greeted with guffaws of laughter in the packed London tribunal. … [Read More...]

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Sebastian O’Kelly wins second press award for leasehold reform

Sebastian O’Kelly, Carlex chairman and director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, last night won a press award for his coverage of leasehold for the second year running.O’Kelly won the “Scoop of the Year” category for his report into the scandalous forfeiture of the £800,000 flat belonging to Dennis Jackson, at Plantation Wharf in Battersea.Thanks to the efforts of O’Kelly, Martin Boyd, LKP co-director, and Sir Peter Bottomley, the forfeiture was overturned. The dispute, which … [Read More...]

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Bottomley asks housing minister: when was the purpose of LEASE last reviewed?

The Leasehold Advisory Service has come under parliamentary scrutiny with Sir Peter Bottomley asking the housing minister when the purpose of LEASE was last reviewed.He has also asked that LEASE provide to him a public report on problems in the leasehold sector that are known to LEASE.The controversial quango is up for review in December 2014, according to Kris Hopkins, the housing minister and Conservative MP for Keighley and Ilkley in Yorkshire – where 4,859 households live in … [Read More...]

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MPs call for all-party group on leasehold, and to stop right to manage being thwarted

The Westminster meeting on Tuesday March 11 on right to manage organized by Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex saw an all-party group on leasehold becoming more likely.The move would certainly be backed by Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland, as well as Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, and perennial campaigner in the Lords, Baroness Gardner of Parkes.With an increasing number of MPs no longer falling for the … [Read More...]

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Imperial Hall beats off £12,366 claim from Sterling Estates Management

 Residents at Imperial Hall beside the “silicon round-about”, north of the City, have defeated a £12,366 claim from its former freeholder for outstanding management fees.The demand failed at the First-Tier Tribunal last week, even though the freeholder’s solicitor Roger Hardwick, of Brethertons, took the unusual step of supplying a witness statement in support of the claim. … [Read More...]

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Times reports inquiry into dodgy freeholders

Deidre Hipwell, of the Times, reports:Dodgy landlords should be on their guard after the Office of Fair Trading launched an investigation into the residential property management industry.After years of complaints from millions of flat owners claiming they were being overcharged for poor service to maintain their homes, the OFT said it wanted to determine if leaseholders were “getting a fair deal” and assess how well the market was working.The OFT said the study would examine whether … [Read More...]

Commons told of LKP leasehold figures

The work of Martin Boyd, co-director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, to provide accurate leasehold figures was drawn to the attention of the Commons yesterday.Boyd used leasehold figures from the 2011 census and the National House-Building Council to conclude that there are 5.3 million leasehold properties rather than the 2.5 million repeated by government and its agencies. … [Read More...]

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Bottomley questions Tchenguiz leasehold interests in the Commons

The Tchenguiz activities in leasehold property were highlighted in the House of Commons yesterday by Sir Peter Bottomley.In a brief aside during debate over the private rented sector, Sir Peter referred to “the Tchenguiz interests featuring in the Office of Fair Trading report on abuses of leaseholders, overvaluations of freeholds and the sale of managers’ flats”. … [Read More...]

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Peverel-Cirrus tee-hee email: Cheating oldies is ‘not an official part of the process (tee hee)’

Any of the 65 retirement sites on the OFT list should contact Carlex to ensure proper compensation is paid for this cheating The secret contempt with which Peverel and its subsidiary Cirrus treated their elderly, vulnerable customers is revealed by the Office of Fair Trading.It has published emails from Cirrus employees in its full 268-report into the price-fixing scandal. This can be read here … [Read More...]

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Carlex whistleblowers were THREATENED with prosecution if they went public over OFT’s toothless £500k investigation into Peverel-Cirrus

The three Carlex whistleblowers of the Peverel-Cirrus scam were threatened with prosecution by the Office of Fair Trading  if they revealed the investigation.The threat was minuted by the OFT on September 27 2012 even though it had already decided to give Peverel leniency and not take any action.In a blatant example of shooting the messenger, the OFT  threated to prosecute three whistleblowers in case they …  er, compromised a prosecution that the OFT already knew would not … [Read More...]

Residents at Elim Court, in Plymouth, have exposed practices of Y and Y Management at tribunal, winning £3,000

Devon pensioners humiliate Y and Y Management and Avon Freeholds at tribunal

... and Y and Y Management 'broke the ARHM code' (except it is actually a member of ARMA)London-based freeholder Israel Moskovitz and his business partner Joseph Gurvits, of Y and Y Management, must rue the day they snapped up at auction the freeholds of retirement sites in Devon.After a two-year legal marathon – which saw Moskovitz trying (and failing) to interest the Court of Appeal – Regent Court at last takes up its right to manage this month.Elim Court is not far behind, … [Read More...]

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LEASE: is this really good enough?

We WILL take money from Benjamin Mire, says Leasehold Advisory Service

 The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is going to keep on taking money from controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire after dithering over the issue for FOUR months. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management, is a chartered surveyor who was a panel member of the property tribunal until he resigned in the midst of an […]

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Bottomley asks housing minister: when was the purpose of LEASE last reviewed?

The Leasehold Advisory Service has come under parliamentary scrutiny with Sir Peter Bottomley asking the housing minister when the purpose of LEASE was last reviewed. He has also asked that LEASE provide to him a public report on problems in the leasehold sector that are known to LEASE. The controversial quango is up for review […]

Leaseholder Colin Dennard, 72, notes changes to the Trust Property Management website in August

Leasehold Advisory Service to Bottomley: two more weeks to investigate Benjamin Mire

The Leasehold Advisory Service has told Sir Peter Bottomley that it will need another two weeks to investigate complaints against controversial chartered surveyor Benjamin Mire. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management based in Colindale, in north London, resigned from his judicial appointment on the property tribunal last summer following an investigation into his […]

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It's along walk to the top at the Burj Khalifa for those withholding service charges

Burj Khalifa: Pay the service charges, or we will switch off the lifts

The property managers of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, have threatened to switch off the lifts if residents won’t pay service charges. Air conditioning, power and possibly water may follow as a long-standing dispute with residents at the 160-story skyscraper escalated this week. Emaar Properties, the Dubai developer that runs the […]

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Number of leasehold homes is DOUBLE the figure the government believes, says the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

Shocking leasehold report: LKP leasehold market evaluation final. Press Release The residential leasehold sector – mainly flats – is the murky corner of the housing market … and it is far larger than any government body has realised. The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership today publishes a report demonstrating that there are 5.37 million leasehold properties in […]

Palgrave Gardens, near Regents Park, in central London gave Peverel a one-year contract last year after obtaining right to manage. Now it has given the troubled property manager the boot

Palgrave Gardens gives Peverel its marching orders

Another prime London site says goodbye to Peverel, a year after winning right to manage and allowing the property manager to show what it could achieve. That is: showing what it could achieve working for consumers, as opposed to getting business straight from the developers, or working for its former owner and giant freeholder Vincent […]

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Leasehold Bill from ALEP receives a few home truths in the Lords

How impressed one has to be with the lobbying activities of the lawyers in ALEP: the Association of Leasehold Enfrachisement Practitioners. It waives a piece of paper pointing out that the powers of attorney – for the incapacitated – do not apply in Landlord and Tenant Law and – in no time, it seems – […]

Residents at Welland Quarter in Market Harborough have found that their leasehold rights are seriously diminished by the freeholder being in administration

Help! Our freeholder at Welland Quarter is in administration …

… which means no recognition of the residents’ association, no RTM or enfranchisement. But this may STILL be an opportunity Leaseholders at Welland Quarter in Market Harborough have discovered how unempowered they are when a freeholder goes into administration. It means that administrators Grant Thornton cannot recognise the residents’ association, and there is a freeze […]

Timber Wharf, in Manchester's Castlefield, is the fashionable showroom of developer Urban Splash, but residents claim the roof has been leaking for ten years

Collapsed ceilings and dripping walls at prime Timber Wharf in Manchester

Leaseholders at the fancy Timber Wharf in Manchester are facing a £1 million bill to pay for a new roof, only 12 years after the site was completed. It is claimed that the building has been beset with leaks within two years of being completed and conditions in some of the flats are so bad […]

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Benjamin Mire has been in front of tribunal 52 times since 1999

Controversial managing agent and chartered surveyor Benjamin Mire (right) appeared before the property tribunal in 52 cases since 1999, according to a Ministry of Justice statement. But he only sat on the panel as a judicial officer 14 times between 2007 and 2010, which was the last year he did so.

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Leasehold owners attack council ‘admin’ charges

Leasehold owners are increasing fighting back against councils loading ‘admin’ costs for routine work. Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets, in east London, have called on the council to scrap a 17 per cent increase. The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has evidence of 29.95 per cent admin surcharges for leaseholders in Haringay, north London, on simple repairs.

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Leasehold activist features in Independent

Karen Peel – a regular on the LKP website and a leasehold activist who regularly helps others achieve right to manage – has featured in the Independent. Her story of how she tracked down more than 130 leasehold owners at the Pinnacle in Wakefield has long been known to readers of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership […]

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Commons today repeats LKP figures on number of leasehold owners

… and found time to name Peverel and Cirrus – again – and “tricksy freeholders” and grasping leasehold lawyers The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership estimate on the number of leasehold owners was repeated in the Commons today. This is a coup for Martin Boyd (left), LKP stalwart and chairman of the residents at Charter Quay, Kingston, […]

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LKP reported in Insurance Times over flood figures

  The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has at last come up with an accurate figure for the number of leaseholders there are in England and Wales, after analysing government statistics. It is far higher than the usually quotes 3 million.

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OFT’s ‘leniency’ deal saved Peverel / Cirrus £4m in fines, says The Oldie

  The cleverness Peverel demonstrated over the Cirrus scam was revealed in The Oldie magazine this week. Had Peverel not suddenly decided to come clean in December 2009 – just after the issue had been reported in the Times, but before the full Carlex submission arrived in January 2010 – it could have been fined […]

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Leasehold owners excluded from government’s flood insurance plan, Flood Re

… which includes retirement sites, council housing and penthouses on the Thames   Joint press release, backed by the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, of the British Property Federation and the Council of Mortgage Lenders The significant contribution of LKP to this is Martin Boyd’s first accurate statement of the numbers of leasehold properties there are in […]

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OFT told: You’ve had the facts on leasehold for years. Just get on with it!

The Campaign for the Abolition of Leasehold (CARL) has sent an acerbic letter to the Office of Fair Trading in response to its inquiry into leasehold. The letter comes from chairman Nigel Wilkins (left), who has headed CARL since 2003, as the OFT seeks to define the “scope” of its inquiry. CARL has been the […]

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Cut out the nonsense and pay up for Peverel cheating! Cabinet minister tells Entwistle

‘ … On this issue you seem unwilling to listen, learn or improve’ Energy Secretary Ed Davey has today told Peverel chief executive Janet Entwistle to pay a “much larger compensatory offer” for running a price-fixing cartel. In December Peverel subsidiary Cirrus was found to have been running bid-rigging tendering for contracts worth £1.4 million […]

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Baroness Gardner raises issue of leasehold tribunal legal costs in Lords …

… and next months seeks to ask whether the government will review the need for ALL leasehold residents to agree to convert tenure to commonhold Baroness Gardner of Parkes, a long-standing leasehold campaigner, asked the government this week what assessment had been made of the impact on leaseholders of changes to the the First Tier Tribunal. […]

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The lost £1 million inheritance at Kensington Hall Gardens

What would you advise this woman, who called from Newcastle this morning about a flat at Kensington Hall Gardens, in West Kensington in London. She has been appointed power of attorney to her aunt, who is now in full-time care in a psychiatric hospital. The aunt owned a four-bedroom flat in West Kensington at Kensington […]

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The Independent covers leasehold scandals

Last Saturday, The Independent wrote a wide-ranging report on leasehold issues and the need for reforms. Headed ‘The secret of how to give your flat a new lease of life … ‘  it was, in fact, a round-up of: the Cirrus scandal, the OFT investigation into leasehold (the scope of which concludes on January 17), […]

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Today’s BBC Five Live interview with Eric Pickles and Leasehold Knowledge Partnership …

By Sebastian O’Kelly Well, unfortunately Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, had problems with his phone link, so fewer leasehold points were addressed than was hoped. Nonetheless, it was an excellent piece of live radio that covered a number of important points in local authority leasehold. First, the programme reported the case of Florence Bourne, 93, […]

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LKP site is being maintained and having a re-design

The LKP website is undergoing a redesign and maintenance work. The least problematic way of doing this is simply to make changes to the site while keeping it live. All the LKP archives are still searchable and readers’ comments are functioning. Work on the site should be completed after the weekend. The website is changing […]

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Gill Nieuwland’s guide to property tribunal survival (1)

Gill Nieuwland, a lay applicant, wrote this guide to surviving the LVT, but its points are just as valid for the new First Tier Tribunal The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal offers freeholders and leaseholders an accessible and speedy approach to dispute resolution. At least, so it is repeated. Designed for use by laymen, the setting is […]

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Gill Nieuwland’s guide to property tribunal survival (2)

  “It should never be forgotten that tribunals exist for users, and not the other way round.”  Carnwath LJ (as Senior President of Tribunals (UK)) at the Commonwealth Law Conference 2011 Part 1 of this guide is here By Gill Nieuwland Perhaps the best piece of advice I ever got from a solicitor about going […]

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Second Christmas of misery for ‘squirrels in the roof’ leasehold owners

A leasehold owning couple who spent a miserable Christmas  last year with a hole in the roof are in the same position this year. Water is pouring down the couple’s bedroom walls and the carpet is saturated. The only difference this year is that squirrels are not rampaging through the roof. Temporary repairs carried out […]

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Guardian covers more fall out from Peverel’s price-fixing scam with Cirrus Communications

The Guardian returned to the Peverel price-fixing scam involving Cirrus Communications yesterday. The personal finance editor Patrick Collinson reported Janet Entwistle, Peverel CEO, rejecting calls for compensation. Peverel is insisting on paying only £100,000 as a “goodwill” payment to settle a dispute in which it systematically rigged tender processes in favour of its subsidiary Cirrus […]

The Oldie magazine reports the frustrations at Regent Court this month

Israel Moskovitz ‘unappealing conduct’ reported in The Oldie

The monthly Oldie magazine has reported the failure of freeholder Israel Moskovitz to frustrate the right to manage application of the residents at Regent Court retirement site in Plymouth. Regent Court won right to manage in February 2012, but has been locked in legal wrangling for another 20 months after Moskovitz repeatedly attempted to appeal […]

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Janet Entwistle to Bottomley: £100,000 ‘goodwill’ payment over Cirrus scam stays and she welcomes meeting with MPs and Carlex

Janet Entwistle, the Peverel chief executive, won’t increase the compensation – Peverel terms it ‘goodwill’ – offered to sites that were likely to have been cheated in the price-fixing scandal. Her decision is made in reply to Sir Peter Bottomley – copied in to LibDem Cabinet minister Ed Davey and Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick – […]

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Guardian report pours scorn on OFT price-fixing investigation – and Peverel’s contemptible £100,000 ‘goodwill’ offer

Yesterday the Guardian published a devastating report of the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal. It poured scorn on Peverel for systematically cheating residents of retirement leasehold, on the Office of Fair Trading for its scandalous feeble report and being suckered into granting Peverel leniency. It also rightly derided Peverel’s £100,000 offer of a “goodwill gesture” […]

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Guardian examines the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal tomorrow

The Guardian is publishing a major report into the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal in tomorrow’s newspaper. It is written by Patrick Collinson, the personal finance editor, and will appear on the front cover of the stand-alone Money section. It is understood that the report gives the background to the sham tendering that Peverel engaged […]

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Peverel cheated pensioners in £1.4 million tenders at 65 sites, says OFT

… now ALL sites should exercise right to manage and be rid of them … ‘the system is rotten’ to have allowed Peverel / Cirrus to get off, says Bottomley Update: Guardian reports OFT and Peverel Cirrus scandal Update: BBC reports Peverel / Cirrus scandal   The Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal was finally confirmed […]

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Freeholder’s barrister Justin Bates named in Parliament yesterday. And Benjamin Mire. And Tchenguiz. And Yianis. And Israel Moskovitz …

… Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick and Sir Peter Bottomley put the boot in to leasehold profiteers! Two senior MPs from opposite political parties yesterday delivered hard-hitting speeches in Parliament that highlighted the scandals in leasehold. And in a sign of the rising political temperature concerning these issues, neither hesitated to name names. Jim Fitzpatrick, the […]

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LKP gets full investigation into leasehold management by the Office of Fair Trading

The Office of Fair Trading today announced a full investigation into leasehold in England and Wales. The announcement has been prompted by the campaigning of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and its sister website Carlex (www.carlex.org.uk), the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation. In September LKP / Carlex involved prime minister David Cameron in the issue of […]

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OFT will report on the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal on Friday

The long awaited Office of Fair Trading investigation into the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal concludes on Friday at 11am. Click on image to read OFT website or here But there will be a delay in publishing the Infringement Decision – if there is one. “If the final outcome in this investigation is an Infringement […]

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Stop taking money from Benjamin Mire, Bottomley tells Leasehold Advisory Service

… and instead of passing on complainants’ names to him, you can use mine! Sir Peter Bottomley has told LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, to stop taking money to advertise the company of Benjamin Mire, Trust Property Management. Trust appears on the LEASE website in the professional directory. LKP has established, with a freedom of […]

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Managing agent Benjamin Mire WAS to have been sacked from his judicial appointment … BUT his company is still up for a string of insiders’ property awards!

Benjamin Mire, the chartered surveyor and CEO of Trust Property Management, was to have been sacked had he not resigned his position on the property tribunal. The news came this afternoon from the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, but it coincided with the announcement that Trust is the finalist for FOUR News On The Block property […]

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MPs back Leasehold Knowledge Partnership call to reform residents’ associations – drawn up by the man who won back £500,000 off Tchenguiz / Peverel

The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has proposed changing the government regulations on the creation of residents’ associations, and has received widespread backing for the reform. The key changes that have been presented to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles are: That residents associations can be recognised with 50 per cent of qualifying residents plus one supporting the move, […]

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