Shouldn’t the IRPM have slightly more respect for leaseholders than this?


The submission to the Competition and Markets Authority of the Institute of Residential Property Management, which trains block managers, is a blustering dismissal of leaseholder concerns. And it is pretty withering about the CMA’s grasp of the sector. The suggestion on Twitter by the IRPM CEO Jeff Platt that the CMA’s report serve as kindling […]

Can this possibly be good news?


Barrister Justin Bates has been on the receiving end of the most indigestible flattery from managing agent and IRPM worthy Neil Maloney. On Twitter, the chartered surveyor praises Bates for his handiwork in right to manage applications – which habitually involves coming up with every legal impediment to thwart them. “Such a safe pair of […]

MPs call for all-party group on leasehold, and to stop right to manage being thwarted


The Westminster meeting on Tuesday March 11 on right to manage organized by Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex saw an all-party group on leasehold becoming more likely. The move would certainly be backed by Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland, as well as Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and […]

Fraudster managing agent gets 30 months jail for using East Londoners’ cash to fund high life in Chelsea


Simon van Houten, 31, was given a 30-month prison sentence at the Old Bailey this afternoon after pleading guilty to stealing £122,000 from leasehold service charge accounts held by London managing agent Rendall and Rittner. Van Houten carried out the fraud for two years between 2008 and 2010 by issuing invoices for a bogus maintenance […]

Rogue managing agent, who stole £122,000, claimed to be MIRPM qualified … and helped colleagues pass the exams

Simon van Houten, who was paid £42,000 salary, used East London leasehold accounts to pay for a "life beyond his means" in Chelsea

Simon van Houten, 31, the Rendall and Rittner executive who stole £122,000 from leaseholders’ accounts, passed himself off as a Member of the Institute for Residential Property Management and helped other employees at the firm prepare for the examinations. As a result of the case, IRPM is considering a rule change to make public the […]