Managing agent Joseph Gurvits named in Commons – an hour after MP attends ARMA round-table conference on tougher ethical standards


The behind-the-scenes concern of senior politicians over managing agent Joseph Gurvits broke into the open yesterday when he was named in the House of Commons. Gurvits was named – without comment and together with Peverel and Tchenguiz – in a brief intervention in the rental housing sector debate yesterday by Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for […]

Only 4,365 leasehold ‘right to manage’ companies since 2003, claims academic

A study of leasehold right to manage companies reveals that there have been only 4,365 right to manage companies formed since 2003. Paul Walentowicz, senior lecturer in housing at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, used a freedom of information request to obtain from Companies House the number of companies with ‘right to manage’ or […]

Pensioners lose leasehold right to manage application for the third time

Justin Bates, landlord barrister

Leasehold pensioners in Plymouth have failed for the third time to break free from London managing agent Joseph Gurvits, LKP was informed yesterday. Elim Court’s third right to manage application in the past 18 months was thrown out at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal owing to a mistake in the application. The decision is a bitterly […]

Section 20 consultation: ‘FPRA is siding with landlords’

Bob Smytherman, chairman of the FPRA

Leaseholder organisations at loggerheads The Campaign Against Residential Leasehold (CARL), which urges widespread adoption of commonhold tenure, has launched a stinging attack in its forthcoming newsletter on the Federation of Private Residents Associations for siding with freeholders. CARL, headed by Nigel Wilkins, criticises the FPRA for campaigning to increase the minimum amount above which freeholders have […]

Small claims court exit fee battle fails … but it has cost Fairhold thousands


Susan Wood (left) failed in her court struggle earlier this week to be reimbursed the £1,150 in exit fees paid when her late father’s retirement leasehold flat was sold in 2010. Wood, a long-standing activist with the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation (Carlex), argued that as the fee was for a service that was not […]