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Only one director of Quadrangle House RTM … and he is the property manager

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Residents at Quandrangle House in east London are furious that there is only one director of their right to manage company – and that’s the managing agent employed to run the place. The 102 new and converted flats at the Stratford site, formerly Peverel-managed, were taken to RTM by the Right To Manage Federation, headed […]

Feeble talk from CMA at ARMA conference

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- CMA soothes leasehold managers by repeating its skimpy MORI poll findings – 25% of ARMA membership still not signed up to ARMA-Q – ARMA does NOT manage 60% of sector – How relevant are the happy leaseholders of Liverpool in disputes elsewhere? With just over two months to go before the self-regulatory code ARMA-Q comes […]

Phillips v Francis … Pity the poor park home owners

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By Martin Boyd Yesterday the law case credited with making the leasehold property management virtually impossible – Phillips and Goddard v Francis – was finally presented in the Court of Appeal. The case concerns leaseholders of 97 holiday chalets at Point Curlew, near Padstow in Cornwell – now called Atlantic Bays Holiday Park –  in […]

Council of Mortgage Lenders urged to help LKP end forfeiture

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Forfeiture and how to bring it to an end was the subject of a LKP meeting with the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Building Societies Association in London this afternoon. LKP is trying to push the subject of forfeiture up the political agenda: for all leaseholder readers new to this site, forfeiture means you […]

Now LEASE survival is at stake … it wants to meet the ‘stakeholders’

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The taxpayer-funded Leasehold Advisory Service organised its first wide-ranging “stakeholder” meeting last Thursday to understand how it can best get feedback from the sector. LKP / Carlex would question why it wants this feedback in the first place, given that LEASE has said absolutely NOTHING about abuses in the sector and left this task entirely […]

There she blows! Peverel’s Janet Entwistle is sailing for FirstPort. But is Capt’n Barbossa still on board?

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By Martin Boyd Last Friday Carlex formally met with Peverel CEO Janet Entwistle at the Houses of Parliament. This time in addition to Sir Peter Bottomley the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick, was able to join the meeting with LKP/CARLEX representatives Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd. Of course, Janet Entwistle pointed to […]

Retirement site loses right to manage appeal after three years. Now what’s the cost?

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Residents not informed of court decision of a month ago What are the freeholder’s legal costs? Right To Manage Federation has said it would pay Elim Court’s battle to break free of London freeholder Israel Moskovitz and his associate Joseph Gurvits has failed on appeal to the Upper Tribunal. The ruling on the right to […]

Less ‘legal torture’ and more happiness in leasehold, says Sir Peter Bottomley

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Sir Peter Bottomley made another strong speech over leasehold issues today at the Chartered Institute of Housing meeting in Crawley. It was titled “Less legal torture and more happiness in leasehold”. “All cases of forfeiture should be reported to the Master of the Rolls, who heads the civil courts,” said the MP, who along with […]

Can this possibly be good news?

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Barrister Justin Bates has been on the receiving end of the most indigestible flattery from managing agent and IRPM worthy Neil Maloney. On Twitter, the chartered surveyor praises Bates for his handiwork in right to manage applications – which habitually involves coming up with every legal impediment to thwart them. “Such a safe pair of […]

Residents say: ‘Don’t give up. You can and will win’

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By Angela Saul and Dorothy Leiper Follow @LKPleasehold Tweet After years of accepting the status quo, because we thought we had to, we heard about Right to Manage and felt we had been thrown a lifeline. We joyfully grabbed what we thought was a straightforward, attainable and enforceable way to escape a regime that was oppressive, […]

Brixton Hill Court wins right to manage after first effort cost £25,000

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The residents of Brixton Hill Court have won their right to manage application after their first attempt saw them looking at legal costs of £42,000, subsequently reduced to around £25,000. The ruling is dated September 27, which means there is still a possibility of the freeholder appealing.

LEASE should not pitch callers into ALEP’s ‘den of cheque books’

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Shula Rich (left) a long-standing advisor on leasehold issues has criticised the Leasehold Advisory Service for setting up an out-of-hours advice line run by practising solicitors, who may also be hoping to tout for work. Out-of-hours callers to LEASE can be put in contact with solicitors who are members of ALEP, the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. The […]

AgeUK’s damning verdict on leasehold in CMA study

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– Self-regulation (by ARHM, ARMA, RICS) has failed – Leasehold tenure itself disempowers residents and makes them vulnerable – Commonhold should be explored – Right to manage needs to be made easier for the elderly – LEASE’s ‘problematic’ role serving all sides in leasehold – CMA’s skimpy Ipsos MORI poll ‘should not be used as […]

After only a week, FirstPort (formerly Peverel) makes a debut in the Eye

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The satirical magazine Private Eye has featured Peverel’s name-change today. Referring to previous reports on Peverel as see “Eyes passim ad nauseam” it treats readers to a resume of Peverel’s recent unfortunate history. “FirstPort may turn out to be LastResort for the troubled management company,” is the pessimistic conclusion.