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LKP submission to CMA leasehold inquiry

Why did the CMA study take place? The CMA study into residential management services partly originated in the public criticism expressed over the Office of Fair Trading investigation into the Peverel / Cirrus collusive tendering scandal. Owing to the prime minister’s response to a direct appeal by Carlex, this resulted in a meeting with the OFT on September 2 2013. It was chaired by the Rt Hon Ed Davey and present were Clive Maxwell (OFT CEO), Cav Elithorn (OFT senior director heading the … [Read More...]


Competition and Markets Authority relies on skimpy MORI poll of 1,050 for its report on leasehold management

- Only 131 retirement leaseholders quizzed - 17 leaseholders ONLY discussed Property Tribunal – MORI has to correct criticism of LKP leasehold figures (which are accepted by DCLG) - BUT poll does confirm that there is more contentment when leaseholder manage their sites in an RTM or RMC compared with those that are freeholder-controlled Alarm bells are ringing at LKP / Carlex about the report by the Competition and Markets Authority into leasehold management. We were already anxious that … [Read More...]


LKP’s Block Managers Limited stops leaseholders from paying to redecorate £1m flat

… wins ombudsman case, but gets £312 bill! LKP accredited managing agent Block Managers Limited refused to force six leaseholders to pay for the redecoration of another’s private £1 million flat. Gavin Lee, of Block Managers, based in Colchester, was horrified to take over a luxury block in Pimlico, central London, to find that the works had been added to a Section 20 to make good the front steps. … [Read More...]

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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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Daejan leasehold fury at LEASE’s £50 webinar

LEASE is – yet again – excluding the ordinary leasehold owner and privileging its information. It is holding this event for those who pay: LEASE – 1pm 11th June 2013 Professional Webinar on the new LVT rules at £50 + vat.  The content of this webinar should be available to all leasehold owners at no cost. […]

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[Eight] Ten days after talking tough, LEASE seems to have dropped ‘Mire for hire’

UPDATE July 18: LEASE finally appears to have dropped the enterprises of controversial property manager Benjamin Mire from its professional directory – which are paid-for adverts.   Eight days after LEASE ruled that all advertising associated with controversial property manager Benjamin Mire be removed from the quango’s website, it is still there. On July 8 […]

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Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd praised in House of Commons: put them on the board of LEASE and clear up the ‘muck’ of leasehold

Sir Peter Bottomley (left) yesterday made his strongest Commons intervention yet on the scandals in leasehold. He named and praised the two keys figures in the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, named and criticised Tchenguiz and urged a full debate on leasehold under the cover of parliamentary privilege. He attacked the role of LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory […]


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Hanover has sold 21 retirement house manager flats

Hanover residents are becoming increasingly concerned that the supposedly not-for-profit housing association is mining value out of their sites by flogging off the house manager flats. Leonard Hackett Court in Bournemouth had its house manager flat sold in June for £105,000, while others report Hanover seeking planning consent to enhance value before putting the properties […]


Benjamin Mire’s Trust Property Management up for sale

Former property tribunal panel member and chartered surveyor Benjamin Mire has put his company Trust Property Management up for sale, it was announced yesterday. Mire, a property manager based in Colindale, north London, has been engulfed in controversy over the past 18 months.


Any port in a storm as Peverel desperately rebrands to … FirstPort

In what appears a desperate measure, Peverel is renaming itself FirstPort. In an announcement today all its property services businesses will be rebranded FirstPort, uniting them together under one brand. An expensive logo is doubtless underway, and be prepared for a deluge of queasy photographs of elderly residents in a state of harmony and joy. […]


Ex-Peverel politburo set up Freemont Property Management

Former leading executives of Peverel have set up a new company, Freemont Property Management. Headed by former Peverel CEO Nigel Bannister and former head of Peverel Retirement Keith Edgar, the company is registered to an office in Lymington in Hampshire. It has already secured the management of the large Aqua site on the waterfront in Poole, Dorset.

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