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Competition and Markets Authority relies on skimpy MORI poll of 1,050 for its report on leasehold management

- Only 131 retirement leaseholders quizzed - 17 leaseholders ONLY discussed Property Tribunal – MORI has to correct criticism of LKP leasehold figures (which are accepted by DCLG) - BUT poll does confirm that there is more contentment when leaseholder manage their sites in an RTM or RMC compared with those that are freeholder-controlled Alarm bells are ringing at LKP / Carlex about the report by the Competition and Markets Authority into leasehold management. We were already anxious that … [Read More...]

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LKP’s Block Managers Limited stops leaseholders from paying to redecorate £1m flat

… wins ombudsman case, but gets £312 bill! LKP accredited managing agent Block Managers Limited refused to force six leaseholders to pay for the redecoration of another’s private £1 million flat. Gavin Lee, of Block Managers, based in Colchester, was horrified to take over a luxury block in Pimlico, central London, to find that the works had been added to a Section 20 to make good the front steps. … [Read More...]

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Hanover has sold 21 retirement house manager flats

Hanover residents are becoming increasingly concerned that the supposedly not-for-profit housing association is mining value out of their sites by flogging off the house manager flats. Leonard Hackett Court in Bournemouth had its house manager flat sold in June for £105,000, while others report Hanover seeking planning consent to enhance value before putting the properties up for sale. … [Read More...]

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Any port in a storm as Peverel desperately rebrands to … FirstPort

In what appears a desperate measure, Peverel is renaming itself FirstPort. In an announcement today all its property services businesses will be rebranded FirstPort, uniting them together under one brand. An expensive logo is doubtless underway, and be prepared for a deluge of queasy photographs of elderly residents in a state of harmony and joy. It is goodbye to OM, Peverel Retirement, Solitaire and, perhaps, Cirrus. … [Read More...]

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Ex-Peverel politburo set up Freemont Property Management

Former leading executives of Peverel have set up a new company, Freemont Property Management. Headed by former Peverel CEO Nigel Bannister and former head of Peverel Retirement Keith Edgar, the company is registered to an office in Lymington in Hampshire. It has already secured the management of the large Aqua site on the waterfront in Poole, Dorset. … [Read More...]

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Managing agent Benjamin Mire WAS to have been sacked from his judicial appointment … BUT his company is still up for a string of insiders’ property awards!

Benjamin Mire, the chartered surveyor and CEO of Trust Property Management, was to have been sacked had he not resigned his position on the property tribunal. The news came this afternoon from the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, but it coincided with the announcement that Trust is the finalist for FOUR News On The Block property […]

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Leasehold forfeiture: why is LEASE so pathetic over this, too?

LEASE is also under attack for failing to address the issue of leasehold forfeiture. LEASE happily tells freehold owners how to forfeit a lease, but does not tell leaseholders how to preserve their home. Nigel Wilkins, of the Campaign Against Residential Leasehold, who has been urging that forfeiture be ended, has written to LEASE chief […]

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Wibble, Wobble: why the Leasehold Advisory Service needs to be reformed

Does LEASE help or hinder? Write in to LKP  We believe that the case for reforming LEASE is overwhelming. It does good work and employs some good people, who have provided help to leaseholders. But its monetising enthusiasms – an annual conference in fancy venues for professionals only (leaseholders were only invited for the first […]

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LEASE: Benjamin Mire’s advertising stays, but new terms and conditions are issued

The Leasehold Advisory Service has today issued a statement to LKP saying that it will continue to promote the commercial activities of controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire. But new terms and conditions  mean the taxpayer-funded quango can boot out any leasehold professional advertiser “at any time in our sole discretion”. Pointedly, it states that Mire […]

How you get scammed on insurance … with tips from LEASE!

It is a brilliant (not-so-little) earner and one that – astonishingly – isn’t illegal. Buy up residential freeholds, charge enormous commissions for arranging the insurance and pass the bill on to leaseholders, who – and this is the really brilliant bit – have no legal right whatsoever to find out what the commissions are. The […]

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You cannot be Cirrus, says Private Eye

Satirical magazine reports OFT price-fixing stooge Glyn Jackson back at work at a Peverel managed site Private Eye today reports the Carlex story of OFT price-fixing cheat Glyn Jackson being re-employed at a Peverel site. Jackson, whose company went into liquidation and so avoided an OFT fine of £35,700, is back at work at the […]

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AgeUK echoes Carlex in demanding retirement housing reform

The Carlex agenda for reform of retirement housing has been given a ringing endorsement by a report published today by AgeUK. The report, Housing in Later Life, arrives just as the Competition and Markets Authority appears to be manoeuvring to downplay concerns in retirement in its leasehold sector inquiry.

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Peverel Cirrus price-fixing stooge says sorry …

The owner of one of the three stooge companies that helped Peverel’s subsidiary Cirrus wrongly win lucrative contracts at retirement sites deeply regrets his involvement in the scam. Jeremy Owen, 38, of Owens Installations, says he got caught up in the Cirrus scandal because he was young and naïve and wishes he could “turn the […]

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Housing associations lose £750,000 in SmartSource Water scandal

Following up the Carlex story of Hanover losing £500,000 over the SmartSource Water scandal, it now emerges that Housing 21 lost £250,000. Inside Housing, the newspaper for social housing providers, says SmartSource Water was like a “pyramid scheme” which has left several housing associations among creditors facing millions of pounds of combined losses.

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