Wartime squadron leader, aged 94, chalks up £11,500 victory over Peverel

Eric Mathews, still dealing with irritants aged 94

During the Second World War, when Eric Matthews, 94, was an RAF squadron leader, he was used to chalking up downed enemy aircraft. Now he is celebrating another victory over a lesser adversary: Peverel, which has had to pay back £11,475.34p. The money is being re-paid after a series of inter-company deals by the property […]

Janet Entwistle: ‘Problems with Peverel’s reputation, but we are in it for the long term’

Janet Entwistle has published a digest of the questions and answers either emailed to her or asked at her public meetings with Peverel’s leaseholders on June 12. The comments are a frank admission that the company has “problems of reputation” and address fraught issues such as insurance commissions, sub-letting fees and service charges – subjects […]

Executive guilty of plundering £122,000 from managing agents Rendall and Rittner

An executive with managing agents Rendall and Rittner pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing £122,000 from his employers’ accounts. Simon van Houten, 31, from Southend in Essex, used bogus company invoices to scam the company, which manages some of the most prestigious residential buildings in London. Van Houten, a parish councillor at Paglesham, carried out […]

LEASE denies seeking bungs to pass ordinary leaseholders on to professional services

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LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, is a taxpayer-funded quango, so why on earth is it asking solicitors and others whether they would be prepared to pay referral fees to be put in touch with the distressed ordinary leaseholders who call up for advice? Referral fees – or ‘bungs’ as they are less politely termed – […]

Janet Entwistle: ‘There are problems with Peverel’s reputation, but new owners are in it for the long term’

Janet Entwistle has published a digest of the questions and answers either emailed to her or asked at her public meetings with Peverel’s leaseholders on June 12. The comments are a frank admission that the company has “problems of reputation” and address fraught issues such as insurance commissions, sub-letting fees and service charges – subjects […]

Managing agents owned by landlords must come clean … says leading managing agent

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A managing agent owned by the freeholder should be made to disclose this relationship clearly to the leaseholders, one of the country’s leading managing agents has announced. “They should be obliged to disclose if they have, or any party to whom they are financially connected has, any beneficial interest in the freehold title,” says Rob […]

TV documentary on retirement industry needs help

A journalist working on a story about the retirement home industry would like to hear from people that have bought a leasehold retirement apartment built after 2009. All information will be dealt with in strict confidence, please get in touch: sok@leaseholdknowledge.com 07808 328 230

First task for ARMA’s ethical panel: examine ARMA itself

The Association of Residential Managing Agents is seeking to brush up its act by appointing a chairman and members for the disciplinary panel of its “new self-regulatory regime”. It was advertising the posts in yesterday’s Sunday Times. This is an attempt by the trade body to regain credibility after its long years of silence when […]

Sub-letting: LKP trials a simple scheme that benefits all

Around forty quid is what you should be paying for leasehold sub-letting fees to landlords, following this case in February 2012. Invariably, sub-letting fees are seen as a little earner by landlords, although for the large landlord companies the £100-£130 fees, plus £75 for registration add up to a tidy sum. Leasehold flat owners renting […]

Bungs ‘r’ Us: £250,000 ‘incentive payments’ offered to managing agents

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A company offering bungs to managing agents if they sign up for new gas and electricity supplies is being touted to … all the members of the Association of Residential Managing Agents! An outfit called Energy Renewals is offering what it politely terms “incentive payments” of between £3,000 and £50,000 a year. Major corporate clients […]

£30,000 bill for RTM ‘fiasco’

A group of 120 leaseholders in Brighton have failed in their bid to win “right to manage” and have been left with a legal bill of more than £30,000. The RTM company set up at Kingsmere, a Seventies building on the London Road in Brighton, has only £800 left in the accounts and faces going […]

Charter Quay: LVT’s devastating criticism of Tchenguiz/Peverel management

The LVT ruling in November 2011 is perhaps the most damning one ever made at an LVT.

Most critical LVT ruling ever made? This piece is a report of the staggering Leasehold Valuation Tribunal victory at Charter Quay in November 2011. It is the most devastating criticism of the Tchenguiz/ Peverel modus operandi to be aired and judged in open court. The full LVT ruling can be read here: CHARTER QUAY LVT […]

Stop this ‘legal torture’ of pensioners, says MP

Sir Peter Bottomley denounces LVT stratagems in post on LKP Sir Peter Bottomley attacks “relentless money-grabbing opponent” A senior Tory MP has posted on LKP today to express his utter disgust at the delaying tactics used by the freeholder  – whose lawyers included Laceys, who proclaim themselves the “honorary solicitors” of ARMA – at the […]

How you get scammed on insurance … with tips from LEASE!

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 […]