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Outrageous: Persimmon builds leasehold houses – for the never ending income stream

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 for around £170,000.Opposite, on the west side of the road, Barratt is also building houses but selling them as freehold for around the … [Read More...]


RICS sets aside two-day disciplinary hearing for Benjamin Mire

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 here and in full below).These include failing to act at all times with integrity, bringing RICS into disrepute, failing … [Read More...]


George Osborne’s childhood nanny facing £115,000 bill to council

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.Farieda Chandoo, 61, a former nurse who looked after the five-year-old George, bought her three-bedroom, split-level ex-council flat for £42,000 in 1997.But she … [Read More...]


Bottomley tells BBC he will fight on for leaseholders

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 house manager’s flat over 25 years.The case reported here involved the freeholder deploying every legal stratagem to frustrate the Worthing pensioners getting … [Read More...]


DCLG to reform recognised residents association rules

Anyone needing a reminder why recognised residents associations are important needs to recall why this freeholder spent £75,000 for an afternoon in the property tribunal trying to thwart one.A recognised has the power to appoint a surveyor (in fact, au auditor) to go over the books.Now there is a discussion paper out from the DCLG, which has asked officials to look for "ways to make it easier to get recognition for a tenants’ association"DCLG who would like your input. You can read … [Read More...]


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

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 was a massacre of the LibDems, and Ed was one of several leading figures to lose.Carlex / LKP thanks Ed for all his support in our efforts to make leasehold … [Read More...]


Freehold sale withdrawn at Discovery Docklands East – once the residents were all set to buy

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 law – to the qualifying leaseholders.A mere two months – the statutary minimum – were set aside for them to organise themselves, raise the cash and appoint … [Read More...]


Michelle Banks steps down at ARMA

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 will be standing down from her position as CEO of ARMA in July this year.”Roger Southam, chairman of LEASE, issued a statement: “It was a surprise to see Michelle retiring … [Read More...]

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Will ARMA-Q bring change?


Feeble talk from CMA at ARMA conference

– 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 […]


Now we are told Countrywide is STILL an ARMA member … well, until February 1

Staff working overtime to process applications “to take our members on a journey …” LKP / Carlex has received a statement at 11.14am today from ARMA addressing its peculiar manner of announcing the membership of ARMA-Q. Previously, we were informed that any company that had not applied to the more rigorous ARMA-Q regime by January […]


Countrywide Estate Management is OUT of ARMA

Countrywide Estate Management, second only to Peverel / FirstPort in terms of size, did not apply to join ARMA-Q before the January 1 deadline and is therefore no longer a member of the trade body. ARMA itself had repeatedly declined to clarify the status of Countrywide, which last month was dumped by Bovis Homes at […]


ARMA-Q: a qualified welcome, but it is not a new dawn

COMMENT The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership broadly welcomes the draft ARMA-Q initiative, which may help resolve the less poisonous disputes in blocks managed by ARMA members. It has also made suggestions to improve it: first, to make the disciplinary procedures public, like ours; secondly, to strengthen the requirement to declare ‘conflicts of interest’ to leaseholders. It […]


ARMA-Q doesn’t mean property managers are more honest, says leasehold activist

Shula Rich (left), a long standing leasehold activist, writes to LKP to argue that ARMA membership is not an indicator of higher quality management. “If managing agents aren’t ARMA Q compliant that does not mean they’re not as good as those who’ve passed,” says Ms Rich, who runs the Brighton and Hove District Leaseholders Association.


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We save money living at Woodchester Valley Village … but then we do all own it ourselves

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 admits issuing £120 sublet demand before reading the lease at Nightingale House, it is claimed

Pier Management issues £120 sublet demand on the dead

… 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

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. […]


Should you buy a leasehold retirement flat, asks Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph yesterday published an excellent balancing article to the usual advert-friendly dross that accompanies features on retirement housing. It can be read here. Please do comment on it (and here, of course). Written by Fleet Street veteran Liz Hodgkinson, the article addresses the points raised by Carlex – which every would-be buyer of […]


ARMA ends four-month farce after finally saying who its members are …

But don’t feel any obligation to join on our account! ARMA has finally published a list of its full members – more than four months after making the more rigorous ARMA-Q the criteria for membership. Until today, the only clue as to who was a member of ARMA was the stream of congratulations posted on […]


Whistleblowers to Serious Fraud Office ‘wasting their time’

Bad news for LKP / Carlex, our MP patrons, and anyone else who cares about the Sisyphean labour of trying to encourage integrity and honesty in our corporate governance. The law firm Pinsent Masons has found that 2,500 whistleblowers approached the Serious Fraud Office, but that only resulted in a dozen investigations, the Times reports […]


Right to manage in chaos after Court of Appeal decision

UPDATED with analysis of the decision below Right to manage legislation is in chaos following Friday’s Court of Appeal decision to prevent RTM companies from managing more than one building at a site. The decision drives a hole through current RTM legislation and, in LKP’s view, can only be addressed with primary legislation. It means […]


Recognised tenants’ association should be easier to form

… because they can examine the books LKP / Carlex is very pleased the government has launched a consultation on “Making it easier for leaseholders to gain recognition of a tenants association”. A recognised tenants’ association has one significant power: it can call in an auditor to examine the accounts.

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