… now ALL sites should exercise right to manage and be rid of them … ‘the system is rotten’ to have allowed Peverel / Cirrus to get off, says Bottomley Update: Guardian reports OFT and Peverel Cirrus scandal Update: BBC reports Peverel / Cirrus scandal The Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal was finally confirmed by the Office of Fair Trading today, which found that retirement leaseholders had been cheated in tenders of £1.4 million. A “minimum” of 65 tenders were examined. Because the OFT accepted the fiction that these scams were “first brought to the OFT's attention in December 2009” by Peverel, both it and Cirrus benefit from “immunity from financial penalties”. Carlex had, in fact, reported the issue to the OFT and the Serious Fraud Office and … [Read More...]
May 19, 2013 By admin
By Gill Nieuwland The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal offers freeholders and leaseholders an accessible and speedy approach to dispute resolution. At least, so it is repeated. Designed for use by laymen, the setting is supposedly more user-friendly and informal than the courts, and legal costs can be kept to a minimum. That is the theory, but as the Dennis Jackson case demonstrated lawyers have worked around the £500 limit on legal costs when taking leaseholders before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. This is not so easy if you are applying to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal as the applicant, which is why the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership so often advises leasehold litigants to pay, then fight, rather than defy and lose. A recent survey carried out by LKP shows that while the … [Read More...]
June 10, 2013 By admin
“It should never be forgotten that tribunals exist for users, and not the other way round.” Carnwath LJ (as Senior President of Tribunals (UK)) at the Commonwealth Law Conference 2011 By Gill Nieuwland Perhaps the best piece of advice I ever got from a solicitor about going it alone at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal was: “Don't!” Naturally, I ignored him, and I'm guessing that, if you've come this far, (possibly having already ploughed your way through Leasehold Valuation Tribunal survival guides 1 and 2), you're equally undeterred. Good for you. Without people like you, lay tribunals like the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal would not exist. One reason legal professionals are chary of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, is the sheer unpredictability of the outcome. The tribunal … [Read More...]
Pravda alive and well at LEASE, ARMA and Peverel … who ALL support the OFT inquiry into leasehold fiddling
Not since the Soviet Union went out of business have we seen such clottish attempts to spin a positive line. It started at the website of our old friends at the Leasehold Advisory Service deciding that the key point in Sir Peter Bottomley’s speech to leaseholders in London on November 12 was a passing polite […]
The Office of Fair Trading today announced a full investigation into leasehold in England and Wales. The announcement has been prompted by the campaigning of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and its sister website Carlex (www.carlex.org.uk), the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation. In September LKP / Carlex involved prime minister David Cameron in the issue of […]
The long awaited Office of Fair Trading investigation into the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal concludes on Friday at 11am. Click on image to read OFT website or here But there will be a delay in publishing the Infringement Decision – if there is one. “If the final outcome in this investigation is an Infringement […]
Barrister Justin Bates delays ANOTHER right to manage by nearly two years. Corrie and Man United stars among the ‘victims’
… 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 […]
Michelle Banks, chief executive of the Association of Residential Managing Agents, gave an outline of the ARMA-Q initiative to leaseholders at the annual meeting of the Federation of Private Residents’ Association on November 12. ARMA-Q comes into effect in 2015 and has former Labour housing minister Keith Hill as its regulator. The idea is that […]
Judge Tim Powell explains First-Tier Tribunal … but leaseholders are not happy that justice is being done
Tim Powell, a former London solicitor and now a judge in the First-Tier Tribunal, addressed the annual meeting of the Federation of Private Residents’ Associations on November 12. His talk aimed at informing leaseholders of the changes that came into effect on July 1, replacing the old LVT. He was accused of being “disingenuous” by […]
The case of Dennis Jackson, 74, who came within a hair’s breadth of losing his Battersea flat at Plantation Wharf in a forfeiture action earlier this year, featured in the Sunday Times on November 24. The case is still on-going as Jackson is trying to sell his flat, on the market for £800,000, to pay […]
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 […]
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 […]
LEASE: the case for reform
June 25, 2013 By admin
Deep Sagar, chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service, has demanded that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership remove an article from its website and issue an apology, or it “reserves the right to take appropriate further action”. It is an open question what is meant by this threat, which comes in the form of a letter from the LEASE chairman (left). The article that has caused offence is “Wibble, wobble: why the Leasehold Advisory Service needs to be reformed”, which was placed on the site on June 1. LKP rejects that … Read More...
June 1, 2013 By admin
Does LEASE help or hinder? Write in to LKP and Mark Prisk UPDATE: This article has been amended 17.52 June 19 2013 We believe that the case for reforming LEASE is overwhelming. It does good work; it employs good people. But it seems complacent given the discords within leasehold, and too close, given its monetising enthusiasms, to powerful vested interests in the sector. We certainly do not suggest there is anything improper in LEASE’s relations with leasehold professionals or freeholders. … Read More...
May 22, 2013 By admin
What a difference a year makes. In 2012 LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, held its “annual conference” in a Mayfair hotel charging £310 a head and the event was a blatant trade show for the vested interests in the leasehold sector. Leaseholders themselves – apart from an emotional gatecrasher, read here – were entirely absent. Yesterday, the 2013 LEASE annual conference was held in a utilitarian conference centre in Southwark, the lowest cost was a more modest £250, and the whole approach and tone had changed … Read More...
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 […]
LEASE is – yet again – excluding the ordinary leasehold owner and privileging its information. It is holding this event for those who pay: LEASE – 1pm 11th June 2013 Professional Webinar on the new LVT rules at £50 + vat. The content of this webinar should be available to all leasehold owners at no cost. […]
By Martin Boyd The contrast between day event for professionals in leasehold and the evening event for ordinary leaseholders could not have been more stark. Paupers and kings might be a good analogy. While the day event saw the most talented in the leasehold world speak on a range of specialist topics, the evening event […]
Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd praised in House of Commons: put them on the board of LEASE and clear up the ‘muck’ of leasehold
Sir Peter Bottomley (left) yesterday made his strongest Commons intervention yet on the scandals in leasehold. He named and praised the two keys figures in the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, named and criticised Tchenguiz and urged a full debate on leasehold under the cover of parliamentary privilege. He attacked the role of LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory […]
LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, is a taxpayer-funded quango, so why on earth is it asking solicitors and others whether they would be prepared to pay referral fees to be put in touch with the distressed ordinary leaseholders who call up for advice? Referral fees – or ‘bungs’ as they are less politely termed – […]
Leasehold Advisory Service: ‘Lawyers here won’t even speak to me, because I cannot afford their fees’
In the last ten minutes the Leasehold Advisory Service annual conference burst into life this afternoon when a furious delegate grabbed the microphone and said the quango was failing to represent the interests of ordinary leaseholders. “I see around me here landlords and managing agents and lots of lawyers who won’t even speak to me […]