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Leasehold mediation from commercial operators backed by government

Both Eric Pickles and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis gave a final “vote for us” message to leaseholders earlier this week with a resume of their achievements.In truth, they add up to very little and the only real reason not to vote against the government is because of almost no sign of life on leasehold issues from the opposition.(That said, Emma Reynolds, the Labour Shadow Housing minister, did ask a useful question about forfeiture this week. More here)Pickles’ interest in … [Read More...]

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LKP and LEASE thank DCLG civil servant for helping leaseholders

The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and LEASE jointly held a party last night to thank Paula Hassall, a DCLG civil servant, for her contribution to helping leaseholders.Paula was appointed to the leasehold section 13 months ago and helped bring about significant improvements to the leasehold sector.Sadly, she leaves at the end of this week to join the DCLG devolution team, which is in preparation for the post-election political landscape. … [Read More...]

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Government to ‘take forward’ CMA leasehold report, but rejects making right to manage easier

Recommendations by the Competition and Markets Authority to make right to manage applications less problematic appear to have been rejected by the government.The rebuff came the same day of the Budget speech (March 18) that said the government “will take forward CMA recommendations, and other actions agreed with the CMA, to improve the market for residential property management services”. … [Read More...]

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Freeholders must not get away with ‘abusing’ leaseholders, says Bottomley in Budget debate

Sir Peter Bottomley intervened in the Budget debate yesterday calling for adequate resources to protect leaseholders from predatory freeholders and the managing agents that they employ.He also repeated his call for Parliament to bring in “commonhold properly” and stop perpetuating the flawed leasehold system.Sir Peter said: "I say to the Government that there are some areas where money should not be restricted too much."On housing, we clearly have to improve leasehold, which … [Read More...]

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Stop keep asking who our members are, ARMA tells pensioner

Michael Hollands, an indefatigable letter-writer on retirement leasehold issues, has been told to stop writing to ARMA for to find out who are the current members of the trade body.The ARMA membership has been in a state of confusion since the January 1, the supposed deadline for application through the more rigorous ARMA-Q membership criteria.Michelle Banks subsequently told LKP / Carlex that a new deadline was set for February 1, but that, too, came and went. … [Read More...]

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Peverel / FirstPort pays back £39,377 wrongly taken from Hillside Court, but the pensioners say another £3,498 is missing

Just over a week after being contacted by Carlex, Peverel / FirstPort has had to pay back £39,377 to Hillside Court, in Ormskirk.The money was wrongly paid to the freeholder over the past 15 years after flats were sold, rather than transferred to the retirement site’s contingency fund.Residents spotted the extraordinary error in June last year and contacted Peverel, but it was only NINE months later when Carlex took the issue up that the money was repaid.Carlex wrote to Peverel / … [Read More...]

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Stuff a leaseholder and win an iPad! The unpromising debut of ARMA-Q

Tomorrow, May 15, ARMA-Q gets a formal unveiling at the House of Lords and the corporates of the property management world will herald this as a new dawn. In fact, ARMA-Q was unveiled at the organisation’s annual conference last September, and that signified less bright “new dawn” than “same old racket”. One of the sponsors […]

ARMA-Q must expose managing agents’ ‘financial interests’

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, chief executive of managing agents HML Holdings, which is accredited to LKP and is a member ARMA, considers ARMA-Q and the complexity of transparency for residential managing agents Growing leaseholder empowerment and awareness combined with the immediacy of communications will inevitably mean that managing agents will require a thorough understanding of what it […]

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ARMA-Q reformers get strong backing at annual conference

The reform-minded leadership of Association of Residential Managing Agents today made a strong call for backing of ARMA-Q, its scheme to add ethically enhanced backbone to the professional body representing block managing agents. An audience of around 300 members at Queen Elizabeth Conference Hall in Westminster was told that that ARMA-Q was a necessary first […]

ARMA-Q members to be revealed next month

Has Peverel / FirstPort made the cut to join ARMA’s ethically enhanced membership scheme? Or Countrywide? We won’t know until next month, unless the companies themselves indicate that they are accredited – as is the case with the LKP member HML Holdings plc.

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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 […]

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20% of ARMA members ‘walk out over new ethical scheme’

… and if ARMA’s Twitter feed is to be believed, two-thirds of the membership has dropped out   At least of a fifth of the membership of ARMA has ditched the trade association that on January 1 brought in more rigorous membership criteria. This is the figure reported by ARMA insiders, although many think the […]

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Trust Property Management fails to find a buyer

Trust Property Management, whose CEO Benjamin Mire is facing disciplinary proceedings from his professional body RICS, is no longer up for sale. It was put on the market on September 10 last year through Bluebox Corporate Finance, but earlier this month this process came to an end.

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Watch out! There’s a lease running out

Pensioner Michael Hollands was appalled to discover the expense and difficulty involved in extending a lease in a retirement site There is one culprit in this unsatisfactory leasehold system that can end up being a big cost to leaseholders, particularly those who reside in retirement complexes: an even bigger cost than inflated management charges or […]

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Re-energised LEASE holds annual conference

A re-energised and confident Leasehold Advisory Service held its LEASE annual conference 2015 in central London last Wednesday. It was a gathering of some of the brightest – perhaps most socially engaged – of the players in the professional leasehold world: lawyers, surveyors, property tribunal judges, property managers. For the third time – and it […]

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