As LKP issues its all-party election manifesto, the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis this week recognised our work in completely revising official figures concerning leasehold properties."I understand that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has worked closely with my officials to enable the publication of more accurate data on the number of residential dwellings in England subject to a long lease,” wrote Mr Lewis wrote.“This has resulted in a figure of 4.1 million dwellings being … [Read More...]
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LKP-accredited managing agent Pauline Jones, of Jones Associates in Macclesfield, has just taken the latest Peverel retirement site right to manage.Residents at Metcalfe Court, in Romiley in Cheshire, where the freeholder is the Tchenguiz Family Trust, had long standing issues with Peverel.On the prompting of Carlex / LKP they approached Pauline Jones, who organised the right to manage application. … [Read More...]
… Or help perpetuate what is already wrong with it?– Government should underwrite retirement flat purchases like Help To Buy scheme – There should not be any stamp duty when downsizing – Schemes where some service charges are deferred until a property is sold should be ‘made available more widely’ – Retirement accommodation offers huge savings over maintaining family houses – Well-being and health of residents improve in retirement schemes – Huge social benefits if elderly sell … [Read More...]
Carlex / LKP has serious concerns about events at Elim Court in Plymouth, whose right to manage application failed on appeal last month.The application is being handled for the residents by the Right To Manage Federation, headed by Dudley Joiner, which has repeatedly stated that it is assuming all legal costs in the matter. … [Read More...]
Sir Peter Bottomley, the Rt Hon Ed Davey and Jim Fitzpatrick have agreed to be patrons of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and Carlex, which are now formally a charity and is in the process of obtaining recognition by the Charity Commission.The involvement of the three MPs – one in the Cabinet and two ex-ministers – representing different political parties is a significant demonstration of commitment to reform residential leasehold tenure in England and Wales.The aim of LKP / Carlex … [Read More...]
The submission to the Competition and Markets Authority of the Institute of Residential Property Management, which trains block managers, is a blustering dismissal of leaseholder concerns.And it is pretty withering about the CMA’s grasp of the sector.The suggestion on Twitter by the IRPM CEO Jeff Platt that the CMA's report serve as kindling for a fire does not demonstrate respect: either to the CMA officials, who we feel have made a sincere effort, or to the many leaseholders who … [Read More...]
The full decision in the epic Phillips v Francis case is reproduced below.In what appears to be a draw, LKP is studying the consequences of this on the costs for the long suffering park home owners.PhillipsvFrancis Key sections:paras 23-27:Discussion 23. In a nutshell, therefore, the Chancellor decided that qualifying works are all the “works on a building or any other premises” (section 20ZA(2)) in respect of which the landlord incurs costs “in connection with the … [Read More...]
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...]
LEASE: is this really good enough?
… 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 […]
… 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 […]
Not since the Soviet Union went out of business have we seen such clottish attempts to spin a positive line. It started at the website of our old friends at the Leasehold Advisory Service deciding that the key point in Sir Peter Bottomley’s speech to leaseholders in London on November 12 was a passing polite […]
Housing Minister Mark Prisk has rounded on Sir Peter Bottomley to demand why he believes that the Leasehold Advisory Service in not ‘balanced’. Sir Peter, the Tory MP for Worthing West, made his comments in the Commons on April 16: “To have clever lawyers, some of whom will appear at LEASE—the Government-approved agency for giving […]
It is a brilliant (not-so-little) earner and one that – astonishingly – isn’t illegal. Buy up residential freeholds, charge enormous commissions for arranging the insurance and pass the bill on to leaseholders, who – and this is the really brilliant bit – have no legal right whatsoever to find out what the commissions are. The […]
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.