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If Peverel Retirement is admitted to ARMA-Q, what message does that send thousands of cheated pensioners?

Ten months after being found guilty by the OFT of systematically cheating residents in retirement sites, Peverel Retirement is now lining up to join ARMA-Q.This is the new ethically enhanced membership scheme that ARMA hopes will demonstrate greater professional rigour in leasehold management. The announcement will be a shock for the ARHM (Association of Retirement Housing Managers), although Peverel will continue to bankroll this compliant trade body and remain a member.The open … [Read More...]

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Only one director of Quadrangle House RTM … and he is the property manager

Residents at Quandrangle House in east London are furious that there is only one director of their right to manage company – and that’s the managing agent employed to run the place.The 102 new and converted flats at the Stratford site, formerly Peverel-managed, were taken to RTM by the Right To Manage Federation, headed by Dudley Joiner.It was then decided that Mr Joiner’s own property management company Team take over the running of the site. … [Read More...]

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Feeble talk from CMA at ARMA conference

- CMA soothes leasehold managers by repeating its skimpy MORI poll findings - 25% of ARMA membership still not signed up to ARMA-Q - ARMA does NOT manage 60% of sector - How relevant are the happy leaseholders of Liverpool in disputes elsewhere? With just over two months to go before the self-regulatory code ARMA-Q comes into force, 25 per cent of the trade body’s membership has still to sign up.That 75 per cent have done so is broadly a positive step from leaseholders’ point of view. … [Read More...]

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Phillips v Francis … Pity the poor park home owners

By Martin BoydYesterday the law case credited with making the leasehold property management virtually impossible – Phillips and Goddard v Francis – was finally presented in the Court of Appeal.The case concerns leaseholders of 97 holiday chalets at Point Curlew, near Padstow in Cornwell – now called Atlantic Bays Holiday Park –  in dispute with their landlord over what constitutes qualifying works in a service charge subject to s20 consultation.Sitting in judgment were the Master or … [Read More...]

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Council of Mortgage Lenders urged to help LKP end forfeiture

Forfeiture and how to bring it to an end was the subject of a LKP meeting with the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Building Societies Association in London this afternoon.LKP is trying to push the subject of forfeiture up the political agenda: for all leaseholder readers new to this site, forfeiture means you lose your leasehold property and all equity in it. Everything.And so does the mortgage company that has a loan on it, hence the meeting. … [Read More...]

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Now LEASE survival is at stake … it wants to meet the ‘stakeholders’

The taxpayer-funded Leasehold Advisory Service organised its first wide-ranging “stakeholder” meeting last Thursday to understand how it can best get feedback from the sector.LKP / Carlex would question why it wants this feedback in the first place, given that LEASE has said absolutely NOTHING about abuses in the sector and left this task entirely to organisations such as ours. … [Read More...]

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There she blows! Peverel’s Janet Entwistle is sailing for FirstPort. But is Capt’n Barbossa still on board?

By Martin BoydLast Friday Carlex formally met with Peverel CEO Janet Entwistle at the Houses of Parliament. This time in addition to Sir Peter Bottomley the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick, was able to join the meeting with LKP/CARLEX representatives Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd.Of course, Janet Entwistle pointed to the positives, as she did last time. Peverel restated its support for the new regulation system being introduced by the Association of Residential … [Read More...]

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Retirement site loses right to manage appeal after three years. Now what’s the cost?

Residents not informed of court decision of a month ago What are the freeholder's legal costs? Right To Manage Federation has said it would pay Elim Court’s battle to break free of London freeholder Israel Moskovitz and his associate Joseph Gurvits has failed on appeal to the Upper Tribunal.The ruling on the right to manage application is dated September 10, but residents at Elim Court in Plymouth have still not been informed of the court’s decision by the Right To Manage Federation, … [Read More...]

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LEASE should not pitch callers into ALEP’s ‘den of cheque books’

Shula Rich (left) a long-standing advisor on leasehold issues has criticised the Leasehold Advisory Service for setting up an out-of-hours advice line run by practising solicitors, who may also be hoping to tout for work. Out-of-hours callers to LEASE can be put in contact with solicitors who are members of ALEP, the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. The […]

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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 […]

LEASE 2013: ‘Leasehold must reform, or media will sink their teeth in’

What a difference a year makes. In 2012 LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, held its “annual conference” in a Mayfair hotel charging £310 a head and the event was a blatant trade show for the vested interests in the leasehold sector. Leaseholders themselves – apart from an emotional gatecrasher, read here – were entirely absent. […]

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Can this possibly be good news?

Barrister Justin Bates has been on the receiving end of the most indigestible flattery from managing agent and IRPM worthy Neil Maloney. On Twitter, the chartered surveyor praises Bates for his handiwork in right to manage applications – which habitually involves coming up with every legal impediment to thwart them. “Such a safe pair of […]

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Residents say: ‘Don’t give up. You can and will win’

By Angela Saul and Dorothy Leiper Follow @LKPleasehold Tweet After years of accepting the status quo, because we thought we had to, we heard about Right to Manage and felt we had been thrown a lifeline. We joyfully grabbed what we thought was a straightforward, attainable and enforceable way to escape a regime that was oppressive, […]

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