£80 million a year in charges for conveyancing leasehold property, say lawyers

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- lawyers want amendment to Consumer Rights Bill – last chance to contact CMA Conveyancing leasehold lawyers are demanding changes in law to stop freeholders and managing agents cashing in on sales of leasehold property. The Conveyancing Association estimates that there are £80 million in charges every year in the transactions of 300,000 flats.

Janet Entwistle says no current Peverel staff ‘linked’ to Cirrus scam

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Janet Entwistle, the Peverel CEO, assured Carlex earlier this year that no one involved directly – or even “linked” – in the Cirrus price-fixing scam was still employed by the company. Janet Entwistle’s was speaking at a meeting with Carlex / LKP at the Commons on February 10, hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley. She is […]

LKP / Carlex meets shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds

Emma Reynolds, 36, the shadow housing minister, is showing an interest in leasehold

Carlex / LKP met shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds yesterday to discuss problems in the leasehold sector. The meeting was organised by Jim Fitzpatrick, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who has some of the richest and poorest leaseholders in the country in his constituency. He has become a firm stalwart in fighting for […]

‘Five million leaseholders is a lot of votes’, the Lords are told

Baroness Maddock wants more right to manage and more commonhold

The House of Lords had another short debate on leasehold issues last Thursday and urged the case for reform to benefit five million leaseholders. The debate was initiated by by LibDem peer Baroness Maddock, who said “further reform is still needed and is very much a live concern for the millions of people living in […]

MPs call for all-party group on leasehold, and to stop right to manage being thwarted

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The Westminster meeting on Tuesday March 11 on right to manage organized by Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex saw an all-party group on leasehold becoming more likely. The move would certainly be backed by Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland, as well as Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and […]

‘Secret ombudsman schemes are so much better for leasehold than licensing managing agents,’ says DCLG

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 […]

Housing minister makes a start with a round-table discussion of leasehold

On Wednesday the leasehold “industry” was given the opportunity to persuade Housing Minister Mark Prisk that it has cleaned up its act with new codes of practice and consumer charters. The representation was largely from the commercial interests of leasehold and from the trade bodies that serve them. But there were also members of Parliament, […]

Sorry leasehold right to manage is ‘somewhat daunting’ says junior minister … but I’m not going to do a thing about it

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Junior minister Don Foster (left) has defended his remark that the elderly and the vulnerable find exercising leasehold right to manage as “somewhat daunting”, which some leasehold residents find somewhat insulting. Foster, who was made a parliamentary under secretary of state for the Department for Communities and Local Government in September 2012, says: “As this […]

Housing Minister Mark Prisk holds meeting with LKP – but keep pestering MPs!

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After years of banging on a closed door, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex held a meeting with Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) yesterday. But leasehold activists are urged to keep pressing MPs (and copy us in to your correspondence!) As a result of the meeting, the minister is reviewing the following: How right to manage is […]

Bottomley demands meeting over leasehold with Housing Minister Mark Prisk after LKP / Carlex conference

Sir Peter Bottomley chairs meeting for leasehold reform at his Westminster offices this afternoon

Sir Peter Bottomley is to calling for an urgent meeting about leasehold issues with Housing Minister Mark Prisk, following the Leasehold Knowledge Partnerhsip / Carlex conference at Westminster this afternoon. “It is quite clear that pensioners and other leaseholders are facing serious issues and this need to be addressed,” Sir Peter told a gathering of […]

Speakers at next week’s MPs meeting on leasehold

The line-up of speakers at next Tuesday’s Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex  meeting at Westminster for MPs and Lords, which is being hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley (left), MP for Worthing West, has been finalised. They will include the authors of three key reports on leasehold which have been published this year. The event, which […]

LKP organise leasehold briefing at the Houses of Parliament

Things have been quiet on the LKP site for a few weeks because we have been a little busy behind the scenes. LKP and the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation (Carlex) have been organising a briefing meeting on leasehold issues for both MP’s and Lord’s at the Houses of Parliament. The meeting is due to […]

We won’t protect leaseholders’ funds even after Van Houten’s theft because … that was the last government’s idea

The House of Lords was told today that key clauses in the legislation that would help protect leaseholders’ funds that are controlled by managing agents won’t come into force because this was the Labour government’s policy. This was the explanation from Baroness Hanham, Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government, why the key […]