‘Five million leaseholders is a lot of votes’, the Lords are told

Baroness Maddock wants more right to manage and more commonhold

The House of Lords had another short debate on leasehold issues last Thursday and urged the case for reform to benefit five million leaseholders. The debate was initiated by by LibDem peer Baroness Maddock, who said “further reform is still needed and is very much a live concern for the millions of people living in […]

We won’t protect leaseholders’ funds even after Van Houten’s theft because … that was the last government’s idea

The House of Lords was told today that key clauses in the legislation that would help protect leaseholders’ funds that are controlled by managing agents won’t come into force because this was the Labour government’s policy. This was the explanation from Baroness Hanham, Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government, why the key […]

Baroness Gardner calls for leaseholders’ money held by managing agents to be protected

Baroness Gardner wants leaseholders' money to be protected

Following the conviction of fraudster Simon van Houten, 31, the Rendall and Rittner managing agent who will be jailed for stealing £122,000 next Thursday, Baroness Gardner of Parkes is calling for leaseholder funds to be protected. On Monday in the House of Lords, she is to ask the Government to introduce a transparent scheme, similar […]

CentreForum think tank ponders leasehold

CentreForum invites LKP to contribute to its leasehold report   In three weeks time another important report into leasehold is to be published, this time by the liberal think tank CentreForum. Earlier this month LKP was invited to its Queen Anne’s Gate to offer its contributions to report, which – we are assured – were […]

‘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 […]

Lords debate leasehold reform

Both the Tchenguiz family and Peverel were named in a House of Lords debate yesterday on leasehold service charges. They were singled out by Baroness Gardner of Parkes (Conservative) – the only freeholders and managing agents named in the debate – when referring to landmark LVT settlements, including the £1 million pay-back to residents at […]

Lords to debate leasehold abuses

The House of Lords is to debate residential service charges next month. The move comes from Baroness Gardner (above) following meetings with Melissa Briggs and Sebastian O’Kelly, of the LKP, in February. Baroness Gardner, a former Westminster councillor who as an Australian comes from a country where English leasehold law was uprooted, has raised the […]