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New partnership JFM Management joins LKP

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A partnership of two young property managers, JFM Block and Estate Management (www.jfm-management.co.uk), is the latest leasehold managing agent to join LKP. Set up by James Farrar and Joe Mallon, JFM management is seeking business from leaseholder controlled blocks of flats. Both have worked for established property management companies and feel strongly that the established […]

MPs told of the murky world of leasehold service charge accounts … by an accountant

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The murky world of leasehold service charge accounts was laid bare to MPs and leading figures in leasehold at a Commons round-table organised by LKP earlier this month. Accountant Nick Hunwick, of Simpson Wreford & Partners which acts for 500 legal entities involved in leasehold service charge accounts in the South East, gave his overview […]

Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis says Carlex is right to expose ‘cowboys’

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Carlex has been right to expose “expose the outrageous behaviour of cowboys” in the retirement housing sector, the Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis told MPs and key leasehold figures at Westminster. The Law Commissioner, who is presiding over an inquiry into leasehold “event fees” (triggered by events such as sale or subletting), said that the law […]

Leasehold snagging issues

Reader’s inquiry about leasehold snagging issues I recently purchased a Lease hold flat (Sep 14) in a purpose built property, the freeholder of the building is a private individual but the management is done by a Crown management company. The building is a new build having been built in 2007, my understanding is that new […]

LKP is now a registered charity

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The Charity Commission this week approved the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex as a registered charity. Its registered details and charitable objectives can be read on the commission’s website here “We are satisfied that LEASEHOLD KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number […]

Housing minister Brandon Lewis meets LKP / Carlex

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Brandon Lewis, the housing minister, this week met the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex, accompanied by its patron MPs Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick. The meeting covered the following: Lease forfeiture: LKP / Carlex says this nuclear weapon of freeholders should be ended as it can give rise to unjustifiable cash windfalls. No one […]

Dudley Joiner: Not relevant that I was disqualified from being a company director for 7 years

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Dudley Joiner, the businessman offering services to leaseholders, has told LKP / Carlex that being disqualified as a company director for seven years has “no relevance to my current activity”. The ban was imposed between 1993 and 2000 in the Chancery Division of the High Court following an action by the Secretary of State for […]

FirstPort backs down over demanding £10,808 from leaseholder … and she is not staying silent either

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A leaseholder at Phoenix House in Leicester has fought off demands for £10,808.60 from Peverel / FirstPort, represented by the debt-collecting solicitors JB Leitch. Jacqueline Henderson has been in dispute over service charges since 2010, which she claims are erroneous. After attempting to obtain the money for some time, FirstPort then threw in the towel and […]

BBC told Charity Commission should stop dawdling over recognition of LKP

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In a wide ranging BBC 5 Live Investigates programme on leasehold scandals – which can be heard here – Sir Peter Bottomley said the Charity Commission should recognise LKP’s application without further delays. He told interviewer Adrian Goldberg on May 24 (for which LKP reproduces the transcript below): “The Charity Commission need to register Leasehold […]

RICS exonerates Benjamin Mire in shock ruling

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… but Bottomley names him yet again in the Commons hours earlier UPDATE June 4: Statement of RICS on the case Controversial property manager Benjamin Mire was today cleared of all disciplinary charges by his professional body, RICS. The result will be a crushing disappointment to leaseholders who have repeatedly complained about Mr Mire, the […]

Outrageous: Persimmon builds leasehold houses – for the never ending income stream

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The Daily Mail today brings to light a scandal of current housebuilding: the building of free-standing leasehold houses. This is in preference to freehold, which is the form of tenure that these houses would normally be. The newspaper highlights London Road in Peterborough where Persimmon is building three bedroom houses and selling them as leasehold […]

RICS sets aside two-day disciplinary hearing for Benjamin Mire

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Benjamin Mire, who frequently represented his client Lakeside Developments at the property tribunal while also holding a judicial appointment, faces a two-day disciplinary hearing of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on June 1-2. Mr Mire, whose own firm Trust Property Management is based in Colindale, north London, is to be heard on four formal charges (listed […]

George Osborne’s childhood nanny facing £115,000 bill to council

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Farieda Chandoo, 61, George Osborne’s childhood nanny, is a passionate believer in the right-to-buy – which the Tories want to extend to housing associations – but her experience of owning a flat in a council block has been disastrous. Now her case, reported on LKP in February 2014 here has been reported in the Sunday Times. […]

Bottomley tells BBC he will fight on for leaseholders

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Sir Peter Bottomley, newly re-elected for Worthing West, told the BBC this morning that he will fight as hard as he can for leaseholders who have been ripped off. The interview on Brighton-based BBC Sussex also featured the retirement site Oakland Court where residents won a court case involving £137,000 paid in rent for the […]