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Three MPs are patrons as LKP / Carlex applies to register as formal charity

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...]


Shouldn’t the IRPM have slightly more respect for leaseholders than this?

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...]


Phillips v Francis decision

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...]


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...]


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...]

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LEASE: is this really good enough?

Daejan leasehold fury at LEASE’s £50 webinar

LEASE is – yet again – excluding the ordinary leasehold owner and privileging its information. It is holding this event for those who pay: LEASE – 1pm 11th June 2013 Professional Webinar on the new LVT rules at £50 + vat.  The content of this webinar should be available to all leasehold owners at no cost. […]


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 […]

We WILL take money from Benjamin Mire, says Leasehold Advisory Service

 The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is going to keep on taking money from controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire after dithering over the issue for FOUR months. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management, is a chartered surveyor who was a panel member of the property tribunal until he resigned in the midst of an […]


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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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 […]


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 […]

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