Dennis Jackson and Plantation Wharf: Did it have to end like this?

Plantation Wharf, opposite Chelsea Harbour, has seen a series of poisonous forfeiture disputes. The latest involving Dennis Jackson came close to ending in utter disaster

COMMENT by Sebastian O’Kelly Two days ago when the barrister Alexander Bastin successfully asked the judge at Wandsworth County Court to throw me out of his court – citing the Human Rights Act – the whole sorry saga of Dennis Jackson and Plantation Wharf reached a new low-point … although not one without an element […]

Leasehold pensioner reprieved from forfeiture … but the legal bill is £76,000 and rising

The strain shows on the face of Dennis Jackson, 73, on Monday ... but at least Wandsworth County Court gave him back his home

The pensioner who had the lease on his £800,000 flat forfeited won a reprieve today when his mortgage lender stepped in to pay his outstanding debts. Dennis Jackson, 73, a former commercial photographer, had the lease on his split-level flat at Plantation Wharf in Battersea forfeited last month and had 28 days to be out […]

Why does it take 60% of leasehold residents to create a tenants’ association – and only 30% of his constituency to elect Housing Minister Mark Prisk?

The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership is strongly urging Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) to change the rules to recognise tenants’ associations, as leasehold residents’ associations are formally known in law. At present they can only be set up when 60 per cent of the residents ask for one to be recognised by their freeholder. This is a […]

Housing minister makes a start with a round-table discussion of leasehold

On Wednesday the leasehold “industry” was given the opportunity to persuade Housing Minister Mark Prisk that it has cleaned up its act with new codes of practice and consumer charters. The representation was largely from the commercial interests of leasehold and from the trade bodies that serve them. But there were also members of Parliament, […]

Chairman of leasehold RMC accused of stealing £1 million

Copsey charged for £1 million leasehold fraud, as reported on Daily Mail website

The world of leasehold is engulfed in yet another scandal as a chairman of a residents’ management company has been charged with stealing more than £1 million. Brian Copsey, 59, finance chairman of Bryanston Court Management, a block of luxury flats in London’s Marble Arch, has been charged with plundering the cash between March 2010 […]

Minister holds roundtable talks on leasehold

Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) is holding an hour-long roundtable discussion on residential leasehold tomorrow. The meeting is to be attended by trade body representatives such as Michelle Banks, of ARMA – a former civil servant at the Department of Communities and Local Government – RICS, and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM). Representatives […]

Plantation Wharf leasehold pensioner has forfeiture order on his £800,000 flat

Dennis Jackson at Wandsworth County Court

Dennis Jackson, a neighbour of Commons speaker John Bercow and TV chef Nigella Lawson, has had his leasehold £800,000 riverside London flat at Plantation Wharf forfeited by court order. Unless a deal is brokered, retired photographer Jackson, 73, has until February 27  to pack his bags and get out of the attractive split-level apartment in […]

Sorry leasehold right to manage is ‘somewhat daunting’ says junior minister … but I’m not going to do a thing about it

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Junior minister Don Foster (left) has defended his remark that the elderly and the vulnerable find exercising leasehold right to manage as “somewhat daunting”, which some leasehold residents find somewhat insulting. Foster, who was made a parliamentary under secretary of state for the Department for Communities and Local Government in September 2012, says: “As this […]

Observer newspaper features Leasehold Knowledge Partnership – and warns of problems with joint freehold owners

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Leasehold Knowledge Partnership featured in the Observer last Sunday in an article on the perils of leasehold. The full article can be read here The article, by Emma Lunn, also included this interesting case study on the perils of jointly owning the freehold with neighbours who don’t like you. Freehold owners have to sign off […]

RICS rejects complaint against managing agent Benjamin Mire

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has decided not to pursue a complaint about a member, Benjamin Mire, who was criticised for failing to follow its “residential management code” at a recent Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. An additional complaint concerning Benjamin Mire, of Trust Property Management Limited, was that Mire, a chartered surveyor, also sits on […]

Leasehold Knowledge welcomes Red Rock Property Management

We are delighted to announce another managing agent has joined Leasehold Knowledge Partnership: Red Rock Property Management, which manages 594 leasehold residential units in Essex and Middlesex. The company, which is a member of ARMA and the Property Ombudsman, is run by Adrian Calver. The website is: http://www.redrockpropertymanagement.co.uk/index.html

Tory MP backs pensioners in leasehold right to manage dispute

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Tory MP Oliver Colvile (right) yesterday pledged his support to the two leasehold retirement developments in Plymouth that are locked in leasehold right to manage disputes with their freeholder. At two packed meetings at Elim Court and Regent Court in his  Sutton and Devonport constituency, Colvile told the residents that he would support them in […]

Islington leasehold dispute costs £300,000 in overcharging

Islington council is to overhaul how leaseholders are charged for repair works after being forced to write off more than £300,000 following successful appeals against overcharging – with the prospect of another £429,000 still to be paid out. The major climbdown was announced at Tuesday night’s Audit Committee meeting, when chairman Labour councillor Phil Kelly […]

Bottomley meets Joseph Gurvits and Israel Moskovitz over leasehold right to manage disputes at Plymouth retirement developments – but residents are determined to fight it out

Sir Peter Bottomley MP (right) held a meeting yesterday at his Westminster offices with the freeholder and managing agent who are locked in right to manage disputes with leaseholders at two Plymouth retirement developments. The meeting was an informal exchange of views between freeholder Israel Moskovitz, property manager Joseph Gurvits and Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin […]