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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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Less ‘legal torture’ and more happiness in leasehold, says Sir Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley made another strong speech over leasehold issues today at the Chartered Institute of Housing meeting in Crawley. It was titled "Less legal torture and more happiness in leasehold".“All cases of forfeiture should be reported to the Master of the Rolls, who heads the civil courts,” said the MP, who along with Rt Hon Ed Davey (LibDem MP for Surbiton and Kingston) and Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse) are patrons of LKP / … [Read More...]

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LEASE dumps Benjamin Mire … after eight months of dithering!

The Leasehold Advisory Service has finally decided to bar controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire from advertising on the LEASE website. The decision was announced today and applies to Benjamin Mire’s companies Trust Property Management and Benjamin Mire Chartered Surveyors. Mire, a property manager based in Colindale, north London, resigned from his judicial appointment to the […]

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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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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.


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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 […]


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, […]


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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