Metro Central Heights wins largest ever right to manage action

Metro Central Heights in Elephant and Castle also won RTM, but has kept Peverel on for a year

The biggest ever right to manage case has been won at the multi-storey, 422-apartment Metro Central Heights in London’s Elephant and Castle, but Peverel has been retained as managing agent. Its performance will be reviewed after 12 months and then the residents will decide whether to offer the management contract up for tender. The site, […]

John Bercow buys £935,000 pad in Plantation Wharf – after embittered seller despairs of living there


John Bercow and his wife Sally are buying a property at troubled Plantation Wharf in Battersea, where pensioner Dennis Jackson won a reprieve on having his flat forfeited yesterday following a dispute over service charges. A grace and favour riverside pad in the Palace of Westminster is not enough for the Bercows, who exchanged on […]

Plantation Wharf pensioner wins 28-day reprieve on forfeiture

… but the legal feeding frenzy continues with a £4,000 bill Dennis Jackson, 73, escaped forfeiture today of his £800,000 flat at the Plantation Wharf in Battersea. In a five-minute hearing Deputy District Judge Cole brushed aside arguments from Alexander Bastin, the barrister representing the freeholders and Plantation Wharf Management Limited, who demanded forfeiture of […]

Housing Minister Mark Prisk holds meeting with LKP – but keep pestering MPs!


After years of banging on a closed door, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex held a meeting with Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) yesterday. But leasehold activists are urged to keep pressing MPs (and copy us in to your correspondence!) As a result of the meeting, the minister is reviewing the following: How right to manage is […]

Pensioners in third escape attempt from Gurvits


UPDATED WHERE INDICATED JANUARY 12 2013 Two retirement developments in Plymouth are engulfed in right to manage actions against London landlord and managing agent Joseph Gurvits. It is the third attempt for residents at Elim Court, many in their mid to late eighties, when they face a contested RTM action at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal […]

Battersea MP told to stay out of Plantation Wharf dispute

Jane Ellison takes up Jackson case

Battersea MP Jane Ellison (left) has been told not to interfere in the Plantation Wharf dispute where pensioner Dennis Jackson, 73, faces the forfeiture of his £800,000 flat on Wednesday. There is a real possibility that this will happen. He is fighting the action alone and his mortgage company, owed £175,000, to date has not […]

Baroness Gardner urges government to back commonhold


Last Monday in the House of Lords, Baroness Gardner of Parkes (left) urged the government to back residential commonhold as a substitute for leasehold. Specifically she asked whether commonhold could be included in the £10 billion government debt guarantee to stimulate infrastructure investment. But Lord Newby, a Liberal Democrat peer in the Treasury, replied that: […]

Answer to a parliamentary question about Leasehold Valuation Tribunals … 189 irrelevant documents

Yesterday in the Commons, Sir Peter Bottomley asked the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he last met people connected with improving the operation of the law relating to leaseholder disputes and access to the Leaseholder Valuation Tribunal. The reply civil servants supplied to Housing Minister Mark Prisk was an internet link […]

Plantation Wharf residents demand extraordinary general meeting to stop pensioner losing his home

Leaseholders at Plantation Wharf are demanding an Extraordinary General Meeting to halt the legal action to forfeit the £800,000 flat of pensioner Dennis Jackson, 73. Leaflets are circulating at the prime Battersea development overlooking the River Thames, where Nigella Lawson has her TV studio kitchen and where Commons Speaker John Bercow is in the process […]

Marathon House celebrates its ‘first’ LVT victory – £425 of legal costs

Marathon House is another prime London site that has dumped Peverel

For the third time the Tchenguiz freehold company Proxima GR has failed to win an LVT action claiming costs for its legal team to inspect a right to manage application. The residents of Marathon House, in  Marylebone, central London, which until obtaining RTM earlier this year was managed by Peverel and is now managed by […]

Pay first, argue later: Plantation Wharf shows how LVT’s £500 limit on legal costs can be bypassed

If you are in dispute with your freeholder over service charges (see Plantation Wharf case), pay the sum and fight the action retrospectively. Make sure that you are the applicant of the action, rather than the respondent. The case of Dennis Jackson at Plantation Wharf raises the prospect of  freeholders seeking to circumvent the Leasehold […]

Pensioner who defied ‘complex’ service charges faces forfeiture of his £800,000 flat at Plantation Wharf

Dennis Jackson

By Sebastian O’Kelly A pensioner faces having his £800,000 flat in one of London’s prime riverside developments forfeited by court order for refusing to pay service charges that he could not understand. Astonishingly, the court action on November 28 is being pursued by the pensioner’s own neighbours in Plantation Wharf, Battersea – who may shortly […]

‘Drive your MPs mad to change leasehold,’ Gardner tells FPRA

Chris Paterson, of think tank CentreForum

Full speeches have been added to the end of this article Around 250 leaseholders met in London tonight to hear Baroness Gardner of Parkes say that reform of the troubled sector is very much on the political agenda. “But to see this through you must keep on campaigning: make a real nuisance of yourselves,” she […]

LKP / Carlex leasehold websites top 70,000 page views a month


The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and Carlex websites have confirmed their position as a vital information resource for ordinary leaseholders. Figures from Awstats show that the combined readership of the LKP / Carlex websites topped 70,000 page views in October. This is an astonishing number and shows that there is growing interest among ordinary leaseholders for […]

Young barrister who won ‘legal torture’ case is nominated for award

Stephanie Smith

The young barrister who represented for free the pensioners in the notorious ‘legal torture’ case at Oakland Court in Worthing is up for an award. Stephanie Smith, a barrister in her twenties, defeated Justin Bates, who was acting for the freehold-owning landlord and is a more senior lawyer in her own Arden Chambers. Bates is […]