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ARHM rejects daughter’s complaint that Peverel pushed Mere Court pensioners into agreeing house manager’s flat sale …

Daughters ’R’ us: Alex Ellison (right) with her mother, Barbara Weston, daughter and grand-daughter

… a flat that, it emerged, Peverel itself owned The daughter of a resident at Mere Court retirement flats in Knutsford who believed Peverel was urging the sale of the house manager’s flat for financial gain has had her complaint rejected by the ARHM. Alex Ellison was appalled to discover that Peverel was encouraging the sale […]

Judge Siobhan McGrath apologises over Mire debacle

Siobhan McGrath, for 13 years senior president of the Residential Property Tribunal Service and now president of the new Property Tribunal

Judge Siobhan McGrath has apologised to the leaseholder whose complaints led to Benjamin Mire losing his judicial appointment. The apology to Colin Dennard, 73, of Ferndown in Dorset, is an acknowledgement that the Residential Property Tribunal Service (RPTS), of which McGrath was the Senior President, bungled the issue. (She is now president of the new Property […]

[Eight] Ten days after talking tough, LEASE seems to have dropped ‘Mire for hire’

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UPDATE July 18: LEASE finally appears to have dropped the enterprises of controversial property manager Benjamin Mire from its professional directory – which are paid-for adverts.   Eight days after LEASE ruled that all advertising associated with controversial property manager Benjamin Mire be removed from the quango’s website, it is still there. On July 8 […]

LEASE dumps Benjamin Mire … after eight months of dithering!

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The Leasehold Advisory Service has finally decided to bar controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire from advertising on the LEASE website. The decision was announced today and applies to Benjamin Mire’s companies Trust Property Management and Benjamin Mire Chartered Surveyors. Mire, a property manager based in Colindale, north London, resigned from his judicial appointment to the […]

ARMA tells Y and Y Management to mind its manners and control its temper

ARMA’s regulatory panel announced on Friday June 27 that it had admonished Y and Y Management following a complaint over “intemperate and unprofessional language” to a leaseholder who visited its north London offices. A letter of admonishment has been sent to the company, headed by Joseph Gurvits, whose business partner is freeholder Israel Moskovitz. Both have […]

Tchenguiz PR man detonates Bottomley eruption during Queen’s Speech debate

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Tchenguiz PR man named in Commons ‘Apology’ by obscure website to Vincent Tchenguiz read to MPs Sir Peter asks what was Tchenguiz’s role during the Peverel / Cirrus price fixing scandal? Tchenguiz freehold valuations questioned Why are huge loans issued against valuations ‘created from thin air’? Government should put pressure on professional standards bodies to […]

Brixton Hill Court battles on for RTM after demand for £42,000 costs is cut to £18,000

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UPDATE May 24: Sir Peter Bottomley has commented on this article. See below Brixton Hill Court is fighting on for right to manage even though its first attempt to break free of freeholder Springquote has resulted in an £18,000 legal bill. A date is soon to be set for a second showdown in the London […]

Biggest right to manage victory ever at Century Wharf, Cardiff

Century Wharf, Cardiff, is a Tchenguiz site of 967 flats that was managed by Peverel. It is the biggest site in the country to have won RTM

The Right To Manage Federation writes … The Right to Manage Federation has achieved its biggest ever RTM at a Peverel managed development of 967 luxury apartments known as Century Wharf, Cardiff. This eclipses England’s biggest RTM, the prestigious Metro Central Heights block of 422 flats at the Elephant & Castle completed by the RTMF […]

West India Quay defeats £74,560 legal onslaught …

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… and wins the right to a recognised residents’ association The residents at West India Quay in London’s Docklands have won their epic battle to have a recognised residents’ association. Represented for free by Martin Boyd, a co-director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, the residents faced a legal onslaught headed by Edwin Johnson, QC. This […]

Engage Liverpool to hold public meeting with CMA

Competition and Markets Authority seeks the views of leaseholders in Liverpool

Engage Liverpool, which represents flat owners in the centre of the city, is holding an open meeting with leaseholders on May 21. It has invited Douglas Cooper, of the Competition and Markets Authority, to hear from leaseholders, particularly those who have experience of self-management. Engage Liverpool represents leaseholders who have bought flats in the city […]

Mail on Sunday today: Leasehold is becoming an election issue

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The Mail on Sunday has today devoted more than a page of editorial to leasehold issues. The article bluntly outlines the abuses faced by leaseholders at the hand of monetising freeholders and the property managers, surveyors and lawyers who serve them. The article is illustrated with a photo of Emma Reynolds, MP, the Labour shadow […]

Kris Hopkins says Benjamin Mire’s promotion by LEASE does not ‘constitute a recommendation’

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Housing Minister Kris Hopkins addressed the “serious matter” of Benjamin Mire and Trust Property Management advertising on the website of the Leasehold Advisory Service. In a parliamentary answer, Kris Hopkins said: “The practitioner list is not meant to be a fully comprehensive list, nor does inclusion constitute a recommendation by LEASE. Firms pay a fee […]

Time to have another look at commonhold, say Lords. But what are Lord Best’s proposals?

Lord Best: 'Modest reforms would help leaseholders'. But what are they?

The House of Lords put pressure on the government this week to revisit the issue of residential commonhold tenure as an alternative to leasehold. The initiative came from Baroness Gardner of Parkes, who repeatedly raises leasehold issues in the Lords. There was a commitment to review the 2002 Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 10 years […]

AgeUK would not get involved, Shelter has quit, Peverel has been expelled and Esther Rantzen is asking questions … the fiasco of the Campaign for Housing in Later Life

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Last Friday, Peverel was expelled from the House Builders’ Federation campaign to reinvigorate the retirement housing market. Its logo was removed from the campaign’s website, while earlier in the week the homeless charity Shelter also decided to jettison the campaign. AgeUK – which last year removed its logos from the Peverel Retirement site – had […]

LKP / Carlex meets shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds

Emma Reynolds, 36, the shadow housing minister, is showing an interest in leasehold

Carlex / LKP met shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds yesterday to discuss problems in the leasehold sector. The meeting was organised by Jim Fitzpatrick, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who has some of the richest and poorest leaseholders in the country in his constituency. He has become a firm stalwart in fighting for […]

Shelter ‘dumps’ the Campaign for Housing in Later Life

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The charity Shelter appears to have ceased involvement in the ‘Campaign for Housing in Later Life’, which Carlex revealed on April 9 registered its website to the address of the Bournemouth HQ of McCarthy and Stone. The Shelter logo that appeared on the campaign’s website has been removed. Since publication by Carlex, the campaign has […]

LEASE: Benjamin Mire’s advertising stays, but new terms and conditions are issued

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The Leasehold Advisory Service has today issued a statement to LKP saying that it will continue to promote the commercial activities of controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire. But new terms and conditions  mean the taxpayer-funded quango can boot out any leasehold professional advertiser “at any time in our sole discretion”. Pointedly, it states that Mire […]

Quango-crat Deep Sagar told: sack ‘disgraced and disgraceful’ Benjamin Mire or sack yourself!

Deep Sagar: 'Stop promoting Mire or resign', says Sir Peter Bottomley

Sir Peter Bottomley has told the chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service Deep Sagar to stop advertising the services of  Benjamin Mire – or resign. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management based in Colindale, north London, is a chartered surveyor who sat as a panel member of the property tribunal until he resigned […]

Survey on leasehold flood insurance

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The British Insurance Brokers’ Association has launched a survey for leasehold flood insurance to find out how leaseholders have been affected by the winter deluge. At present, leasehold properties are excluded from the government’s Flood Re insurance scheme and BIBA wants to quantify the evidence. The exclusion also applies to small businesses, homes built after […]

Campaign for Housing in Later Life traced to … McCarthy and Stone HQ!

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The Campaign for Housing in Later Life has been traced back to the Bournemouth headquarters of McCarthy and Stone. The website, which seems to have been started last autumn, has a registered IP identification that uses the same postal address as the retirement leasehold developer. Other backers whose logos adorn the website include Peverel, Anchor […]

‘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 […]

Legal army to stop West India Quay getting … a recognised residents’ association

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Giving recognition to a residents’ association at the most exclusive apartment block in Canary Wharf posed the sort of “risks that you see with the trade unions”, the First-Tier Tribunal was told last Thursday. The remark was made by the freeholder’s professional witness, chartered surveyor Bruce Maunder Taylor – and was greeted with guffaws of […]

Sebastian O’Kelly wins second press award for leasehold reform

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Sebastian O’Kelly, Carlex chairman and director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, last night won a press award for his coverage of leasehold for the second year running. O’Kelly won the “Scoop of the Year” category for his report into the scandalous forfeiture of the £800,000 flat belonging to Dennis Jackson, at Plantation Wharf in Battersea. […]

You and Yours features Carlex and OFT inquiry into leasehold management

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The influential BBC  Radio 4 programme You and Yours yesterday featured retirement leasehold. This is an area of “most concern” according to Douglas Cooper, of the Office of Fair Trading, which is carrying out an inquiry into leasehold management. The programme can be heard here and the item begins 46 minutes into the programme.

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

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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 […]

Imperial Hall beats off £12,366 claim from Sterling Estates Management

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  Residents at Imperial Hall beside the “silicon round-about”, north of the City, have defeated a £12,366 claim from its former freeholder for outstanding management fees. The demand failed at the First-Tier Tribunal last week, even though the freeholder’s solicitor Roger Hardwick, of Brethertons, took the unusual step of supplying a witness statement in support […]

LEASE chairman Deep Sagar to rule on Benjamin Mire advertising in its professional directory

Deep Sagar: get rid of Mire or resign

Deep Sagar (right), the chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service, is to decide whether Benjamin Mire be permitted to continue to advertise in quango’s professional directory. It costs Mire, the CEO of Trust Property Management in north London, £519 plus VAT to do so. Last summer, the chartered surveyor resigned his judicial appointment to the […]

Times reports inquiry into dodgy freeholders

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Deidre Hipwell, of the Times, reports: Dodgy landlords should be on their guard after the Office of Fair Trading launched an investigation into the residential property management industry. After years of complaints from millions of flat owners claiming they were being overcharged for poor service to maintain their homes, the OFT said it wanted to […]

Commons told of LKP leasehold figures

The work of Martin Boyd, co-director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, to provide accurate leasehold figures was drawn to the attention of the Commons yesterday. Boyd used leasehold figures from the 2011 census and the National House-Building Council to conclude that there are 5.3 million leasehold properties rather than the 2.5 million repeated by government […]

Bottomley questions Tchenguiz leasehold interests in the Commons

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The Tchenguiz activities in leasehold property were highlighted in the House of Commons yesterday by Sir Peter Bottomley. In a brief aside during debate over the private rented sector, Sir Peter referred to “the Tchenguiz interests featuring in the Office of Fair Trading report on abuses of leaseholders, overvaluations of freeholds and the sale of […]

Carlex whistleblowers were THREATENED with prosecution if they went public over OFT’s toothless £500k investigation into Peverel-Cirrus

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The three Carlex whistleblowers of the Peverel-Cirrus scam were threatened with prosecution by the Office of Fair Trading  if they revealed the investigation. The threat was minuted by the OFT on September 27 2012 even though it had already decided to give Peverel leniency and not take any action. In a blatant example of shooting the […]

Devon pensioners humiliate Y and Y Management and Avon Freeholds at tribunal

Residents at Elim Court, in Plymouth, have exposed practices of Y and Y Management at tribunal, winning £3,000

… and Y and Y Management ‘broke the ARHM code’ (except it is actually a member of ARMA) London-based freeholder Israel Moskovitz and his business partner Joseph Gurvits, of Y and Y Management, must rue the day they snapped up at auction the freeholds of retirement sites in Devon. After a two-year legal marathon – […]