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We save money living at Woodchester Valley Village … but then we do all own it ourselves

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When his retirement village outside Stroud, in Gloucestershire, went bust – with many of the leasehold properties unsold – Peter Wilson and the other residents decided to buy the site off the administrators, raised £2 million and now run the site themselves. The result is Woodchester Valley Village, a mutual ‘not for profit’ village. What the elderly residents have […]

Pier Management issues £120 sublet demand on the dead

Pier Management admits issuing £120 sublet demand before reading the lease at Nightingale House, it is claimed

… Which did not even need to be paid by the living Leasehold reached a new low with Pier Management demanding a subletting fee from a man who is dead. Nor was a sublet fee payable had Mr A Gaffney, of Dublin, been alive. Pier Management admitted it had not read the lease before demanding […]

Three MPs worth voting for if you are a leaseholder

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Carlex / LKP has no political affiliation, and our three MP patrons – Sir Peter Bottomley, Jim Fitzpatrick and Ed Davey – come from the three main political parties. The below explains what they have done for leaseholders: Sir Peter Bottomley (Conservative) represents Worthing West, which has a high number of flats and retirement sites. […]

Should you buy a leasehold retirement flat, asks Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph yesterday published an excellent balancing article to the usual advert-friendly dross that accompanies features on retirement housing. It can be read here. Please do comment on it (and here, of course). Written by Fleet Street veteran Liz Hodgkinson, the article addresses the points raised by Carlex – which every would-be buyer of […]

ARMA ends four-month farce after finally saying who its members are …

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But don’t feel any obligation to join on our account! ARMA has finally published a list of its full members – more than four months after making the more rigorous ARMA-Q the criteria for membership. Until today, the only clue as to who was a member of ARMA was the stream of congratulations posted on […]

Whistleblowers to Serious Fraud Office ‘wasting their time’

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Bad news for LKP / Carlex, our MP patrons, and anyone else who cares about the Sisyphean labour of trying to encourage integrity and honesty in our corporate governance. The law firm Pinsent Masons has found that 2,500 whistleblowers approached the Serious Fraud Office, but that only resulted in a dozen investigations, the Times reports […]

Right to manage in chaos after Court of Appeal decision

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UPDATED with analysis of the decision below Right to manage legislation is in chaos following Friday’s Court of Appeal decision to prevent RTM companies from managing more than one building at a site. The decision drives a hole through current RTM legislation and, in LKP’s view, can only be addressed with primary legislation. It means […]

Too expensive to give figures on leasehold forfeiture, says Ministry of Justice

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Emma Reynolds, Labour’s shadow housing minister, has discovered that no one knows how many cases of leasehold forfeiture take place – and it would be too expensive to find out. The astonishing admission came from the Ministry of Justice in one of the last parliamentary questions of the session.

Leasehold mediation from commercial operators backed by government

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Both Eric Pickles and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis gave a final “vote for us” message to leaseholders earlier this week with a resume of their achievements. In truth, they add up to very little and the only real reason not to vote against the government is because of almost no sign of life on leasehold […]

LKP and LEASE thank DCLG civil servant for helping leaseholders

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The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and LEASE jointly held a party last night to thank Paula Hassall, a DCLG civil servant, for her contribution to helping leaseholders. Paula was appointed to the leasehold section 13 months ago and helped bring about significant improvements to the leasehold sector. Sadly, she leaves at the end of this week to […]

Government to ‘take forward’ CMA leasehold report, but rejects making right to manage easier

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Recommendations by the Competition and Markets Authority to make right to manage applications less problematic appear to have been rejected by the government. The rebuff came the same day of the Budget speech (March 18) that said the government “will take forward CMA recommendations, and other actions agreed with the CMA, to improve the market […]

Freeholders must not get away with ‘abusing’ leaseholders, says Bottomley in Budget debate

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Sir Peter Bottomley intervened in the Budget debate yesterday calling for adequate resources to protect leaseholders from predatory freeholders and the managing agents that they employ. He also repeated his call for Parliament to bring in “commonhold properly” and stop perpetuating the flawed leasehold system. Sir Peter said: “I say to the Government that there […]

Stop keep asking who our members are, ARMA tells pensioner

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Michael Hollands, an indefatigable letter-writer on retirement leasehold issues, has been told to stop writing to ARMA for to find out who are the current members of the trade body. The ARMA membership has been in a state of confusion since the January 1, the supposed deadline for application through the more rigorous ARMA-Q membership […]

Peverel / FirstPort pays back £39,377 wrongly taken from Hillside Court, but the pensioners say another £3,498 is missing

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Just over a week after being contacted by Carlex, Peverel / FirstPort has had to pay back £39,377 to Hillside Court, in Ormskirk. The money was wrongly paid to the freeholder over the past 15 years after flats were sold, rather than transferred to the retirement site’s contingency fund. Residents spotted the extraordinary error in […]