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New partnership JFM Management joins LKP

A partnership of two young property managers, JFM Block and Estate Management (www.jfm-management.co.uk), is the latest leasehold managing agent to join LKP.Set up by James Farrar and Joe Mallon, JFM management is seeking business from leaseholder controlled blocks of flats.Both have worked for established property management companies and feel strongly that the established managing agents who work for large freeholders or developers do not and cannot represent the best interests of … [Read More...]

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MPs told of the murky world of leasehold service charge accounts … by an accountant

The murky world of leasehold service charge accounts was laid bare to MPs and leading figures in leasehold at a Commons round-table organised by LKP earlier this month.Accountant Nick Hunwick, of Simpson Wreford & Partners which acts for 500 legal entities involved in leasehold service charge accounts in the South East, gave his overview of state of leasehold accounting.“Originally I was going to say that at the small end we do not encounter many problems,” he told the meeting, … [Read More...]

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Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis says Carlex is right to expose ‘cowboys’

Carlex has been right to expose “expose the outrageous behaviour of cowboys” in the retirement housing sector, the Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis told MPs and key leasehold figures at Westminster.The Law Commissioner, who is presiding over an inquiry into leasehold “event fees” (triggered by events such as sale or subletting), said that the law is being broken, consumers are being misled and that leaseholders are facing “extortionate” subletting fees.Mr Lewis was addressing an LKP … [Read More...]

Leasehold snagging issues

Reader's inquiry about leasehold snagging issuesI recently purchased a Lease hold flat (Sep 14) in a purpose built property, the freeholder of the building is a private individual but the management is done by a Crown management company. The building is a new build having been built in 2007, my understanding is that new builds are covered by a 10 year warranty/guarantee.I have been in contact with the management company regarding a number of outstanding issues with the freehold … [Read More...]

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Solicitor replies to LKP reader’s query over freehold purchase in block of two flats

UPDATE July 25: Mark Chick, a solicitor at Bishop and Sewell, has responded to this reader’s letter and can be read below. The issue concerns a leaseholder feeling powerless in a two-flat block, where the other flat owner has the freehold. Especially … when the leaseholder has let her lease run down to 69 years All comments gratefully received.I am a leaseholder of one of two flats within a house conversion in North London. The leaseholder of the other flat is also the freeholder of the … [Read More...]

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LKP is now a registered charity

The Charity Commission this week approved the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex as a registered charity.Its registered details and charitable objectives can be read on the commission's website here“We are satisfied that LEASEHOLD KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1162584.” Says the Commission.The decision concludes 18 months of effort to achieve this outcome.The directors of the … [Read More...]

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Housing minister Brandon Lewis meets LKP / Carlex

Brandon Lewis, the housing minister, this week met the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex, accompanied by its patron MPs Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick.The meeting covered the following:Lease forfeiture: LKP / Carlex says this nuclear weapon of freeholders should be ended as it can give rise to unjustifiable cash windfalls.No one in leasehold attempts to justify the latter.The case of the forfeiture of Dennis Jackson’s £800,000 Battersea flat at Plantation Wharf … [Read More...]

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Dudley Joiner: Not relevant that I was disqualified from being a company director for 7 years

Dudley Joiner, the businessman offering services to leaseholders, has told LKP / Carlex that being disqualified as a company director for seven years has “no relevance to my current activity”.The ban was imposed between 1993 and 2000 in the Chancery Division of the High Court following an action by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.In the ruling (in full below), Judge Edward Evans-Lombe described Mr Joiner as “markedly cavalier” with other people’s money.The judge said … [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 […]

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Peverel Retirement up before the ARMA regulator before it can join ARMA-Q

A complaint about Peverel Retirement is being considered by ARMA regulator Keith Hill even before the trade body rules on whether it meets the criteria of ARMA-Q. The complaint comes from Alex Ellison, whose mother lives in Mere Court, in Knutsford, Cheshire. It concerns Peverel’s ownership and disposal of house managers’ flats.

ARMA-Q: A long wait ... and then the damp squib of not knowing who the members actually were!

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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ARMA-Q solves ARMA’s problems, not those of leasehold

ARMA-Q, the scheme to give ethical credibility to the Association of Residential Managing Agents, was given the blessing of the government and the leasehold establishment yesterday with a House of Lords launch. Already the new ARMA-Q regulator Keith Hill (above), a former New Labour housing minister, has six cases of complaint to deal with “which […]

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BBC told Charity Commission should stop dawdling over recognition of LKP

In a wide ranging BBC 5 Live Investigates programme on leasehold scandals – which can be heard here – Sir Peter Bottomley said the Charity Commission should recognise LKP’s application without further delays. He told interviewer Adrian Goldberg on May 24 (for which LKP reproduces the transcript below): “The Charity Commission need to register Leasehold […]

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RICS exonerates Benjamin Mire in shock ruling

… but Bottomley names him yet again in the Commons hours earlier UPDATE June 4: Statement of RICS on the case Controversial property manager Benjamin Mire was today cleared of all disciplinary charges by his professional body, RICS. The result will be a crushing disappointment to leaseholders who have repeatedly complained about Mr Mire, the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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