Shelter ‘dumps’ the Campaign for Housing in Later Life

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The charity Shelter appears to have ceased involvement in the ‘Campaign for Housing in Later Life’, which Carlex revealed on April 9 registered its website to the address of the Bournemouth HQ of McCarthy and Stone. The Shelter logo that appeared on the campaign’s website has been removed. Since publication by Carlex, the campaign has […]

LKP and Carlex websites top 100,000 page views in November

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November figures on the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and Carlex websites show a surge in leaseholder readership, with more than 108,000 page views. The figures confirm widespread interest in leasehold and in measures to reform its many abuses. Visitors to the sites amount to nearly 23,000 – a figure that rebuts advice from the (three) officials in […]

Undercover pensioner ‘spy’ to lift the lid on retirement leasehold 8pm tonight

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Tomorrow night (Monday) at 8pm Channel Four’s Dispatches carries out a special investigation into the fraught world of retirement leasehold with much of the material provided by an undercover pensioner ‘spy’. Carlex activists have been interviewed for the progamme, and Carlex/LKP has given the filmmakers, October, full assistance over the past few months – although […]

Free leaseholders’ conference in Worthing on July 25

John Fenwick, who won the £137,000 LVT action at Oakland Court in Worthing, is to address a free conference for leaseholders in the town on July 25. He is to be joined by Sebastian O’Kelly, director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, who is also chairman of the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation (Carlex). Fenwick, 65, […]

New chairman for Carlex

Sebastian O’Kelly has been appointed chairman of Carlex to replace founder Melissa Briggs, who has decided to stand down owing to ill health. “Melissa was the driving force of Carlex in the four years of its existence, and the most effective campaigner I came across in journalism,” said O’Kelly. “She pushed retirement leasehold up the […]

Pensioners in £137,000 victory

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Leasehold residents wrongly charged for warden’s flat … dating back to 1986! Landmark victory at Oakland Court, in Worthing, means notional rent for a warden’s flat cannot be paid out of service charges   In a landmark case, 40 elderly leaseholders have won an epic battle against paying for the notional rent of their warden’s […]

Esther Rantzen speaks at ARHM

Carlex questions whether Esther Rantzen should be ARHM guest speaker The Carlex campaign is openly questioning why Esther Rantzen is the guest speaker at the annual jamboree of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers, where Peverel manages 65,000 of the 105,000 units under the members’ management. Retirement management is the most controversial area of block […]

ARHM president Baroness Greengross says sorry to pensioner for ‘barrack-room lawyer’ jibe

In last week’s Lords debate on leasehold regulation, Baroness Greengross, the president of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers, said complaining pensioners were ‘barrack-room lawyers’ with too much time on their hands. She has today apologised to a Carlex supporter for her remark. Further details can be read here or visit www.carlex.co.

‘You are all barrack-room lawyers with too much time on your hands,’ ARHM president tells complaining pensioners

At the House of Lords debate on Monday, Baroness Greengross, a Crossbencher peer and the president of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers trade body, caused outrage by claiming complaining pensioners in retirement developments were “barrack-room laywers” with too much time on their hands. “She has a nerve,” said Julia Scott, who lives in North […]