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LKP election manifesto … as minister thanks LKP for official leasehold figure of 4.1 million private properties

As LKP issues its all-party election manifesto, the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis this week recognised our work in completely revising official figures concerning leasehold properties."I understand that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has worked closely with my officials to enable the publication of more accurate data on the number of residential dwellings in England subject to a long lease,” wrote Mr Lewis wrote.“This has resulted in a figure of 4.1 million dwellings being … [Read More...]

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LKP managing agent Jones Associates wins right to manage for retirement site

LKP-accredited managing agent Pauline Jones, of Jones Associates in Macclesfield, has just taken the latest Peverel retirement site right to manage.Residents at Metcalfe Court, in Romiley in Cheshire, where the freeholder is the Tchenguiz Family Trust, had long standing issues with Peverel.On the prompting of Carlex / LKP they approached Pauline Jones, who organised the right to manage application. … [Read More...]

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Will Lord Best’s proposals produce a healthy retirement housing market …

… Or help perpetuate what is already wrong with it?– Government should underwrite retirement flat purchases like Help To Buy scheme – There should not be any stamp duty when downsizing – Schemes where some service charges are deferred until a property is sold should be ‘made available more widely’ – Retirement accommodation offers huge savings over maintaining family houses – Well-being and health of residents improve in retirement schemes – Huge social benefits if elderly sell … [Read More...]

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Three MPs are patrons as LKP / Carlex applies to register as formal charity

Sir Peter Bottomley, the Rt Hon Ed Davey and Jim Fitzpatrick have agreed to be patrons of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and Carlex, which are now formally a charity and is in the process of obtaining recognition by the Charity Commission.The involvement of the three MPs – one in the Cabinet and two ex-ministers – representing different political parties is a significant demonstration of commitment to reform residential leasehold tenure in England and Wales.The aim of LKP / Carlex … [Read More...]

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Shouldn’t the IRPM have slightly more respect for leaseholders than this?

The submission to the Competition and Markets Authority of the Institute of Residential Property Management, which trains block managers, is a blustering dismissal of leaseholder concerns.And it is pretty withering about the CMA’s grasp of the sector.The suggestion on Twitter by the IRPM CEO Jeff Platt that the CMA's report serve as kindling for a fire does not demonstrate respect: either to the CMA officials, who we feel have made a sincere effort, or to the many leaseholders who … [Read More...]

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Phillips v Francis decision

The full decision in the epic Phillips v Francis case is reproduced below.In what appears to be a draw, LKP is studying the consequences of this on the costs for the long suffering park home owners.PhillipsvFrancis Key sections:paras 23-27:Discussion 23. In a nutshell, therefore, the Chancellor decided that qualifying works are all the “works on a building or any other premises” (section 20ZA(2)) in respect of which the landlord incurs costs “in connection with the … [Read More...]

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If Peverel Retirement is admitted to ARMA-Q, what message does that send thousands of cheated pensioners?

Ten months after being found guilty by the OFT of systematically cheating residents in retirement sites, Peverel Retirement is now lining up to join ARMA-Q.This is the new ethically enhanced membership scheme that ARMA hopes will demonstrate greater professional rigour in leasehold management. The announcement will be a shock for the ARHM (Association of Retirement Housing Managers), although Peverel will continue to bankroll this compliant trade body and remain a member.The open … [Read More...]

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LEASE: is this really good enough?

LEASE 2013: ‘Leasehold must reform, or media will sink their teeth in’

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. […]

Anthony Essien (left), of LEASE ... the Leasehold Advisory Service, at the London Assembly on January 23rd with large-scale managing agents Matthew Saye, of Home Ownership Services and Randall Bevis, of City West Homes. Martin Green (right), of Southwark Borough Council's home ownership and tenant management initiatives.

LEASE: Find some backbone, or face the chop!

January 24 2012: The weakest performance of all at yesterday’s Greater London Assembly meeting on the miseries facing leaseholders was from Anthony Essien, the chief executive of LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service. Asked by London Assembly members how leaseholders can be defended from rapacious managing agents and landlords jacking up service charges, Essien placed his […]

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LEASE dumps Benjamin Mire … after eight months of dithering!

The Leasehold Advisory Service has finally decided to bar controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire from advertising on the LEASE website. The decision was announced today and applies to Benjamin Mire’s companies Trust Property Management and Benjamin Mire Chartered Surveyors. Mire, a property manager based in Colindale, north London, resigned from his judicial appointment to the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Phillips v Francis … Pity the poor park home owners

By Martin Boyd Yesterday the law case credited with making the leasehold property management virtually impossible – Phillips and Goddard v Francis – was finally presented in the Court of Appeal. The case concerns leaseholders of 97 holiday chalets at Point Curlew, near Padstow in Cornwell – now called Atlantic Bays Holiday Park –  in […]

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Council of Mortgage Lenders urged to help LKP end forfeiture

Forfeiture and how to bring it to an end was the subject of a LKP meeting with the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Building Societies Association in London this afternoon. LKP is trying to push the subject of forfeiture up the political agenda: for all leaseholder readers new to this site, forfeiture means you […]

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