The Lords amendment by Baroness Gardner that would see leasehold managing agents required to have a licence will be sabotaged in the Commons tomorrow.
Instead, the Department of Communities and Local Government wants to insist managing agents belong to an ombudsman scheme.
Ombudsmen are widely popular among the vested interests in the status quo of leasehold – such as Peverel – that they are part of their complaints procedure. They give all the appearance of redress without any of the discomforts.
The reason is that ombudsman rulings are confidential.