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Now we are told Countrywide is STILL an ARMA member … well, until February 1

Staff working overtime to process applications “to take our members on a journey …” LKP / Carlex has received a statement at 11.14am today from ARMA addressing its peculiar manner of announcing the membership of ARMA-Q.Previously, we were informed that any company that had not applied to the more rigorous ARMA-Q regime by January 1 was no longer a member of the trade body. … [Read More...]

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Countrywide Estate Management is OUT of ARMA

Countrywide Estate Management, second only to Peverel / FirstPort in terms of size, did not apply to join ARMA-Q before the January 1 deadline and is therefore no longer a member of the trade body.ARMA itself had repeatedly declined to clarify the status of Countrywide, which last month was dumped by Bovis Homes at all sites across the country. … [Read More...]

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ARMA membership … Find out on Twitter!

In piecemeal fashion, ARMA is announcing companies that have signed-up to the new regulatory regime ARMA-Q on Twitter.These are the new criteria for membership of the trade body.The decision marks an abrupt reversal of a decision last week by Michelle Banks, the CEO, to announce the accredited companies in February once all applications had been processed. … [Read More...]

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London LEASE conference on February 4

The annual conference of the Leasehold Advisory Service takes place on February 4.The free evening conference for leaseholders takes place from 18.15 and the venue is: etc venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD Those wishing to attend need to pre-register hereLEASE says:“This conference aims to inform, educate and offer support to leaseholders. Delegates will be able to listen to experts and professionals in the sector and also interactively participate though a series … [Read More...]

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Interview with LEASE chairman Roger Southam

LKP / Carlex welcomes the appointment of Roger Southam, a successful block managing agent, as chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service.Changes have long been required at the quango, and at least we can now have dialogue with someone who has publicly and repeatedly acknowledged that there are defects in the sector.Roger has spoken out specifically about insurance commissions in the past and references Carlex as supporting his reforming initiatives on his Wikipedia page. Melissa Briggs, … [Read More...]

ARMA-Q members to be revealed next month

Has Peverel / FirstPort made the cut to join ARMA’s ethically enhanced membership scheme?Or Countrywide?We won’t know until next month, unless the companies themselves indicate that they are accredited – as is the case with the LKP member HML Holdings plc. … [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 […]

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Stuff a leaseholder and win an iPad! The unpromising debut of ARMA-Q

Tomorrow, May 15, ARMA-Q gets a formal unveiling at the House of Lords and the corporates of the property management world will herald this as a new dawn. In fact, ARMA-Q was unveiled at the organisation’s annual conference last September, and that signified less bright “new dawn” than “same old racket”. One of the sponsors […]

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Stuff the leaseholders and win an iPad – from one of the sponsors of ARMA-Q

Energy Renewals, which is sponsoring next month’s ARMA conference, is offering managing agents the chance to win a free iPad if they sign up for an appointment. That’s on top of incentive payments of between £3,000 and £50,000 a year if they offer up their blocks for new gas and electricity supplies. Large, corporate clients – […]

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ARMA-Q: a qualified welcome, but it is not a new dawn

COMMENT The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership broadly welcomes the draft ARMA-Q initiative, which may help resolve the less poisonous disputes in blocks managed by ARMA members. It has also made suggestions to improve it: first, to make the disciplinary procedures public, like ours; secondly, to strengthen the requirement to declare ‘conflicts of interest’ to leaseholders. It […]

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LKP urges minister to include leaseholders in Flood Re insurance plan

Most flat owners remain excluded from Flood Re, the government’s scheme to ensure that flood-prone properties are covered by some form of insurance. LKP has written to DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson expressing its strong disappointment. Flood Re is a government-brokered deal with insurers that aims to ensure that those in homes at risk of flooding […]

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Roger Southam takes over as LEASE chair

… and Countrywide executive appointed to the board (which means there is still no representative of leaseholders) The colourful property manager Roger Southam, of Chainbow, is today announced as the new chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Mr Southam, a chartered surveyor, founded Chainbow but sold out most, perhaps all, its residential management contracts to Trinity in […]

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Leaseholder Association: One hat too many for Dudley Joiner?

UPDATEDudley Joiner demands removal of Leaseholder Association leaflet published on LKP / Carlex Dudley Joiner, of the Leasehold Association, has insisted that the letter explaining the organisation be removed from the LKP / Carlex websites. He claims it is a breach of copyright to reproduce the document, which was purportedly sent to all “invitees” – […]

Council’s section 106 is delaying the hand-over of residents’ management companies, Countrywide tells leaseholder in complaints ruling

Swindon leaseholder Andy Webb, who lives in Bovis-built site The Oaks, complained to Countrywide Estate Management about the delays in handing over control of the residents’ management company. He wished to attend an AGM and put himself forward as a director, and the complaint was “escalated” in July to Elaine M Evans, Countrywide’s “compliance & complaints […]

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Quadrangle House residents seek to regain control of their RTM

The residents of Quadrangle House in Stratford east London last week chose a number of directors for their right to manage company. They were seeking to end the anomaly that the only director has been Dudley Joiner, owner of Team Property Management, which manages the site. His Right To Manage Federation, which is not a […]

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CMA: easier right to manage, re-tendering property management when residents choose, changes to major works rules … but no statutory regulation of block managers

… And CMA may re-examine sector if no improvements Below is the press release of the Competition and Markets Authority, whose report into property management was released today at 11am. LKP / Carlex will be providing a full analysis later. Jim Fitzpatrick, LKP patron and Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse said: “The CMA report […]

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