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Right to manage in chaos after Court of Appeal decision

UPDATED with analysis of the decision belowRight to manage legislation is in chaos following Friday’s Court of Appeal decision to prevent RTM companies from managing more than one building at a site.The decision drives a hole through current RTM legislation and, in LKP’s view, can only be addressed with primary legislation.It means that any detached buildings on a site cannot be managed by the same RTM company.The victory of the landlords – who included Vincent Tchenguiz and … [Read More...]

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Leasehold mediation from commercial operators backed by government

Both Eric Pickles and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis gave a final “vote for us” message to leaseholders earlier this week with a resume of their achievements.In truth, they add up to very little and the only real reason not to vote against the government is because of almost no sign of life on leasehold issues from the opposition.(That said, Emma Reynolds, the Labour Shadow Housing minister, did ask a useful question about forfeiture this week. More here)Pickles’ interest in … [Read More...]

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LKP and LEASE thank DCLG civil servant for helping leaseholders

The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and LEASE jointly held a party last night to thank Paula Hassall, a DCLG civil servant, for her contribution to helping leaseholders.Paula was appointed to the leasehold section 13 months ago and helped bring about significant improvements to the leasehold sector.Sadly, she leaves at the end of this week to join the DCLG devolution team, which is in preparation for the post-election political landscape. … [Read More...]

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Government to ‘take forward’ CMA leasehold report, but rejects making right to manage easier

Recommendations by the Competition and Markets Authority to make right to manage applications less problematic appear to have been rejected by the government.The rebuff came the same day of the Budget speech (March 18) that said the government “will take forward CMA recommendations, and other actions agreed with the CMA, to improve the market for residential property management services”. … [Read More...]

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Freeholders must not get away with ‘abusing’ leaseholders, says Bottomley in Budget debate

Sir Peter Bottomley intervened in the Budget debate yesterday calling for adequate resources to protect leaseholders from predatory freeholders and the managing agents that they employ.He also repeated his call for Parliament to bring in “commonhold properly” and stop perpetuating the flawed leasehold system.Sir Peter said: "I say to the Government that there are some areas where money should not be restricted too much."On housing, we clearly have to improve leasehold, which … [Read More...]

ARMAkeepquietLKP

Stop keep asking who our members are, ARMA tells pensioner

Michael Hollands, an indefatigable letter-writer on retirement leasehold issues, has been told to stop writing to ARMA for to find out who are the current members of the trade body.The ARMA membership has been in a state of confusion since the January 1, the supposed deadline for application through the more rigorous ARMA-Q membership criteria.Michelle Banks subsequently told LKP / Carlex that a new deadline was set for February 1, but that, too, came and went. … [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 […]

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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 […]

ARMA-Q must expose managing agents’ ‘financial interests’

Robert Plumb
, chief executive of managing agents HML Holdings, which is accredited to LKP and is a member ARMA, considers ARMA-Q and the complexity of transparency for residential managing agents Growing leaseholder empowerment and awareness combined with the immediacy of communications will inevitably mean that managing agents will require a thorough understanding of what it […]

ARMAtwittersLKP

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 […]

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20% of ARMA members ‘walk out over new ethical scheme’

… and if ARMA’s Twitter feed is to be believed, two-thirds of the membership has dropped out   At least of a fifth of the membership of ARMA has ditched the trade association that on January 1 brought in more rigorous membership criteria. This is the figure reported by ARMA insiders, although many think the […]

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Trust Property Management fails to find a buyer

Trust Property Management, whose CEO Benjamin Mire is facing disciplinary proceedings from his professional body RICS, is no longer up for sale. It was put on the market on September 10 last year through Bluebox Corporate Finance, but earlier this month this process came to an end.

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Watch out! There’s a lease running out

Pensioner Michael Hollands was appalled to discover the expense and difficulty involved in extending a lease in a retirement site There is one culprit in this unsatisfactory leasehold system that can end up being a big cost to leaseholders, particularly those who reside in retirement complexes: an even bigger cost than inflated management charges or […]

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