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Now we are told Countrywide is STILL an ARMA member … well, until February 1

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Staff working overtime to process applications “to take our members on a journey …” LKP / Carlex has received a statement at 11.14am today from ARMA addressing its peculiar manner of announcing the membership of ARMA-Q. Previously, we were informed that any company that had not applied to the more rigorous ARMA-Q regime by January […]

Countrywide Estate Management is OUT of ARMA

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Countrywide Estate Management, second only to Peverel / FirstPort in terms of size, did not apply to join ARMA-Q before the January 1 deadline and is therefore no longer a member of the trade body. ARMA itself had repeatedly declined to clarify the status of Countrywide, which last month was dumped by Bovis Homes at […]

ARMA membership … Find out on Twitter!

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In piecemeal fashion, ARMA is announcing companies that have signed-up to the new regulatory regime ARMA-Q on Twitter. These are the new criteria for membership of the trade body. The decision marks an abrupt reversal of a decision last week by Michelle Banks, the CEO, to announce the accredited companies in February once all applications […]

London LEASE conference on February 4

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The annual conference of the Leasehold Advisory Service takes place on February 4. The free evening conference for leaseholders takes place from 18.15 and the venue is: etc venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD Those wishing to attend need to pre-register here LEASE says: “This conference aims to inform, educate and offer support […]

Interview with LEASE chairman Roger Southam

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LKP / Carlex welcomes the appointment of Roger Southam, a successful block managing agent, as chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Changes have long been required at the quango, and at least we can now have dialogue with someone who has publicly and repeatedly acknowledged that there are defects in the sector. Roger has spoken […]

Peverel Retirement up before the ARMA regulator before it can join ARMA-Q

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A complaint about Peverel Retirement is being considered by ARMA regulator Keith Hill even before the trade body rules on whether it meets the criteria of ARMA-Q. The complaint comes from Alex Ellison, whose mother lives in Mere Court, in Knutsford, Cheshire. It concerns Peverel’s ownership and disposal of house managers’ flats.

Gateway Property Management takes over as Countrywide is given the boot by Bovis

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Gateway Property Management has taken over the Swindon sites of Bovis Homes after Countrywide was given its marching orders last month. Owing to the intervention of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, Bovis Homes finally lost patience with Countrywide and dumped it at all sites across the country.

LEASE is recruiting … But why the pandering to the sector’s commercial interests?

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(And what will new chairman Roger Southam do about it?) The Leasehold Advisory Service is recruiting two new legal advisers this month, with special emphasis on developing the quango’s commercial activities. The posts are for a senior legal advisor, a barrister or a solicitor, and a legal advisor, who will also require a legal qualification. But […]

LKP urges minister to include leaseholders in Flood Re insurance plan

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Most flat owners remain excluded from Flood Re, the government’s scheme to ensure that flood-prone properties are covered by some form of insurance. LKP has written to DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson expressing its strong disappointment. Flood Re is a government-brokered deal with insurers that aims to ensure that those in homes at risk of flooding […]

Roger Southam takes over as LEASE chair

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… and Countrywide executive appointed to the board (which means there is still no representative of leaseholders) The colourful property manager Roger Southam, of Chainbow, is today announced as the new chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Mr Southam, a chartered surveyor, founded Chainbow but sold out most, perhaps all, its residential management contracts to Trinity in […]

Leaseholder Association: One hat too many for Dudley Joiner?

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UPDATEDudley Joiner demands removal of Leaseholder Association leaflet published on LKP / Carlex Dudley Joiner, of the Leasehold Association, has insisted that the letter explaining the organisation be removed from the LKP / Carlex websites. He claims it is a breach of copyright to reproduce the document, which was purportedly sent to all “invitees” – […]

Council’s section 106 is delaying the hand-over of residents’ management companies, Countrywide tells leaseholder in complaints ruling

Swindon leaseholder Andy Webb, who lives in Bovis-built site The Oaks, complained to Countrywide Estate Management about the delays in handing over control of the residents’ management company. He wished to attend an AGM and put himself forward as a director, and the complaint was “escalated” in July to Elaine M Evans, Countrywide’s “compliance & complaints […]

Countrywide ‘ripping off’ leaseholders, MP tells Commons. And it is given the boot by Bovis Homes

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- Property management company accused of stalling hand-over of residents’ management companies – Bovis Homes is ejecting Countrywide from Swindon sites and is not appointing it at future ones – And … Countrywide declines to confirm whether it is applying to join ARMA-Q Justin Tomlinson (left), Conservative MP for North Swindon, has accused Countrywide of […]

Cooee! Peverel becomes FirstPort and heading for ARMA-Q … But will it be welcome?

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Like the unwanted guest at a party, Peverel has put on some outlandish new clothes and now seeks to crash ARMA-Q. It is rolling out its new FirstPort brand, which means when you click on the Peverel website you are passed on to a new site. The change in name is taking place a year […]

Quadrangle House residents seek to regain control of their RTM

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The residents of Quadrangle House in Stratford east London last week chose a number of directors for their right to manage company. They were seeking to end the anomaly that the only director has been Dudley Joiner, owner of Team Property Management, which manages the site. His Right To Manage Federation, which is not a […]