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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 […]

LKP thanks its patron Ed Davey, who lost his seat in the election

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Carlex / LKP is deeply saddened that one of its three MP patrons, LibDem Ed Davey, lost his Kingston and Surbiton seat at Thursday’s general election. With England voting for financial rectitude, and in alarm at the rising power of the SNP, only the Conservative party benefitted from the achievements of the Coalition. The result […]

Freehold sale withdrawn at Discovery Docklands East – once the residents were all set to buy

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The landlord of Discovery Docklands East, opposite Canary Wharf, has scored a spectacular own goal that has trashed the open market value of his freehold by £600,000 – and landed himself with £30-40,000 in legal costs. The game-playing began when the landlord sought to sell the freehold, but first had to offer it – under […]

Michelle Banks steps down at ARMA

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Michelle Banks, the ARMA chief executive, is to step down in July. The announcement to ARMA members comes from ARMA chairman Martin Perry. “ … sadly I have to announce that Michelle Banks will not be joining us in this next phase [of ARMA-Q] having taken the decision to join her husband in retirement. “Michelle […]

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. […]