Palgrave Gardens gives Peverel its marching orders

Palgrave Gardens, near Regents Park, in central London gave Peverel a one-year contract last year after obtaining right to manage. Now it has given the troubled property manager the boot

Another prime London site says goodbye to Peverel, a year after winning right to manage and allowing the property manager to show what it could achieve. That is: showing what it could achieve working for consumers, as opposed to getting business straight from the developers, or working for its former owner and giant freeholder Vincent […]

Barrister Justin Bates delays ANOTHER right to manage by nearly two years. Corrie and Man United stars among the ‘victims’

Penthouse for sale at No 1 Deansgate for £1.2 million, but other properties are much cheaper

… why are these appeals taking so long? Another success for Justin Bates: he has managed to delay No. 1 Deansgate – central Manchester’s most fancy residential address – from achieving right to manage for nearly two years. Residents – who include footballers Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville, Corrie star Helen Worth and Take That […]

Israel Moskovitz fails – again – to appeal against the Regent Court right to manage

Regent Court in Plymouth, where London freeholder Israel Moskovitz has stalled the right to manage that the residents won in January 2012

An attempt by freeholder Israel Moskovitz to appeal against the granting of right to manage to Regent Court has been turned down by the Court of Appeal. Israel Moskovitz, who owns Avon Freeholds, applied for leave to appeal to the superior court after his appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) failed in August. Regent […]

Barrister Justin Bates fails to block right to manage on the grounds that leaseholders’ company name did not include ‘RTM’ in the title


… but ‘flimsy’ legal cleverness still delays right to manage by 18 months! A few weeks ago freeholders’ barrister Justin Bates was back from holidays and raring to put the boot in the courts. But he has just fallen flat on his face. The recent decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Fairhold Mercury Ltd […]

Right to manage guide


If a block of flats is harmonious it ought to have a residents’ association and it should exercise right to manage as a matter of course. Otherwise the freeholder appoints his own man. So with a 5-10 per cent investment in a site compared with the value of all the leases, a freeholder makes all […]

Hopeless case on course to RTM …

This reader got in touch with Leasehold Knowledge Partnership just over a month ago and was utterly convinced organising RTM in her block of six – where she is the only leaseholder resident – was a hopeless cause. She is now being assisted by Paula Twist of Urban Living Property Management – perhaps the Leasehold […]

The Right To Manage Federation chalks up its 28th leasehold RTM success in central London … as it fights epic Plymouth RTM duel in the Land Tribunal

Riverside Plaza, in Battersea, is 28th RTM success in central London for the Right To Manage Federation

LKP has learned that the Right To Manage Federation has achieved its 28th leasehold RTM success in central London on the same day that it fights to free a Plymouth retirement development in the Land Tribunal. After an inexplicable – and scandalous – hold-up of 14 months, the right to manage at Regent Court finally comes […]

Why does it take 60% of leasehold residents to create a tenants’ association – and only 30% of his constituency to elect Housing Minister Mark Prisk?

The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership is strongly urging Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) to change the rules to recognise tenants’ associations, as leasehold residents’ associations are formally known in law. At present they can only be set up when 60 per cent of the residents ask for one to be recognised by their freeholder. This is a […]

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


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 […]

Tory MP backs pensioners in leasehold right to manage dispute


Tory MP Oliver Colvile (right) yesterday pledged his support to the two leasehold retirement developments in Plymouth that are locked in leasehold right to manage disputes with their freeholder. At two packed meetings at Elim Court and Regent Court in his  Sutton and Devonport constituency, Colvile told the residents that he would support them in […]

Only 4,365 leasehold ‘right to manage’ companies since 2003, claims academic

A study of leasehold right to manage companies reveals that there have been only 4,365 right to manage companies formed since 2003. Paul Walentowicz, senior lecturer in housing at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, used a freedom of information request to obtain from Companies House the number of companies with ‘right to manage’ or […]

Pensioners lose leasehold right to manage application for the third time

Justin Bates, landlord barrister

Leasehold pensioners in Plymouth have failed for the third time to break free from London managing agent Joseph Gurvits, LKP was informed yesterday. Elim Court’s third right to manage application in the past 18 months was thrown out at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal owing to a mistake in the application. The decision is a bitterly […]

How to handle your leasehold ‘right to manage’ – by a leading managing agent

Rob Plumb, CEO of HML Holdings, explains the dangers of that lie in the right to manage process Normally a written contract works well to keep an agreement in place because both parties to the contract want the same outcome.  “Right to Manage” isn’t a normal contract. It sounds, initially, so straight forward. RTM enables […]

Solicitors squabble in High Court, while leaseholders face a £30,000 right to manage legal bill

Moral among residents at Kingsmere in Brighton has collapsedd after the LVT defeat, with one resident losing £3,000 of savings to mount the action. They now face a £30,000 loss and will continue to be managed by their freehold-owning landlord

Residents at the Kingsmere estate in Brighton, who have been left facing legal bills of £30,000 following a disastrous right to manage action, are being dragged into a squabble between rival firms of leasehold solicitors. Last Thursday (July 26) Yashmin Mistry, the leasehold solicitor with JPC Law who acted for them, was the subject of […]

Chelsea Bridge Wharf: a win for Peverel

Did residents really vote to be managed by Peverel? This astonishing item of news emerged from a recent meeting with the Berkeley Group, where it was suggested that residents at Chelsea Bridge Wharf actually voted to be managed by Peverel. Improbable though it may be, the event did, in fact, occur at Chelsea Bridge Wharf, […]