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LKP election manifesto … as minister thanks LKP for official leasehold figure of 4.1 million private properties

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As LKP issues its all-party election manifesto, the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis this week recognised our work in completely revising official figures concerning leasehold properties. “I understand that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has worked closely with my officials to enable the publication of more accurate data on the number of residential dwellings in England subject […]

LKP managing agent Jones Associates wins right to manage for retirement site

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LKP-accredited managing agent Pauline Jones, of Jones Associates in Macclesfield, has just taken the latest Peverel retirement site right to manage. Residents at Metcalfe Court, in Romiley in Cheshire, where the freeholder is the Tchenguiz Family Trust, had long standing issues with Peverel. On the prompting of Carlex / LKP they approached Pauline Jones, who […]

Will Lord Best’s proposals produce a healthy retirement housing market …

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… Or help perpetuate what is already wrong with it? – Government should underwrite retirement flat purchases like Help To Buy scheme – There should not be any stamp duty when downsizing – Schemes where some service charges are deferred until a property is sold should be ‘made available more widely’ – Retirement accommodation offers huge savings over maintaining family […]

Should the RTMF be taking the Elim Court battle for right to manage to the Court of Appeal?

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Carlex / LKP has serious concerns about events at Elim Court in Plymouth, whose right to manage application failed on appeal last month. The application is being handled for the residents by the Right To Manage Federation, headed by Dudley Joiner, which has repeatedly stated that it is assuming all legal costs in the matter.

Three MPs are patrons as LKP / Carlex applies to register as formal charity

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Sir Peter Bottomley, the Rt Hon Ed Davey and Jim Fitzpatrick have agreed to be patrons of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and Carlex, which are now formally a charity and is in the process of obtaining recognition by the Charity Commission. The involvement of the three MPs – one in the Cabinet and two ex-ministers […]

Shouldn’t the IRPM have slightly more respect for leaseholders than this?

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The submission to the Competition and Markets Authority of the Institute of Residential Property Management, which trains block managers, is a blustering dismissal of leaseholder concerns. And it is pretty withering about the CMA’s grasp of the sector. The suggestion on Twitter by the IRPM CEO Jeff Platt that the CMA’s report serve as kindling […]

Phillips v Francis decision

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The full decision in the epic Phillips v Francis case is reproduced below. In what appears to be a draw, LKP is studying the consequences of this on the costs for the long suffering park home owners. PhillipsvFrancis   Key sections: paras 23-27: Discussion 23. In a nutshell, therefore, the Chancellor decided that qualifying works […]

If Peverel Retirement is admitted to ARMA-Q, what message does that send thousands of cheated pensioners?

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Ten months after being found guilty by the OFT of systematically cheating residents in retirement sites, Peverel Retirement is now lining up to join ARMA-Q. This is the new ethically enhanced membership scheme that ARMA hopes will demonstrate greater professional rigour in leasehold management. The announcement will be a shock for the ARHM (Association of Retirement […]

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 […]