It started at the website of our old friends at the Leasehold Advisory Service deciding that the key point in Sir Peter Bottomley’s speech to leaseholders in London on November 12 was a passing polite reference to … LEASE itself.
“MP praises LEASE’s service” was the headline, with not a single reference to the criticisms Sir Peter raised regarding criminal behaviour, price-fixing cartels, cheating freeholders, exit fee fiddles, opportunist lawyers playing the system and feeble judicial intervention.
For those who need reminding what Sir Peter DID say, the full speech can be viewed here.
On Tuesday came the announcement that the Office of Fair Trading was launching a full investigation into leasehold management.
It must have been a nasty surprise for Michelle Banks, the chief executive of the Association of Residential Managing Agents, who can usually be assured of being tipped off about these issues by her former colleagues at the DCLG.