Seventy key figures in the leasehold sector – including some battle-scarred leaseholders – attended a packed Westminster briefing yesterday to hear how leasehold could be reformed.The meeting was hosted by MPs Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick, and chaired by Martin Boyd, of LKP / Carlex.It included presentations from Phillip Rainey, QC, of Tanfield Chambers, Ian Fletcher, of the British Property Federation, and Darren Eade, of the Competition and Markets Authority. … [Read More...]
THE REASONS WHY …
LKP / Carlex were invited to 10 Downing Street for a meeting yesterday to discuss the leasehold sector and the need for reform.Every area of the sector was discussed – including, at length, retirement housing – at a meeting that was held at the request of Sir Peter Bottomley, who was accompanied by Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd, of LKP / Carlex.Tomorrow, January 29, we are holding a meeting for 70 stakeholders and politicians in Westminster. … [Read More...]
A leaseholder in north London today has written to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis saying that the appointment of Roger Southam as chairman of LEASE creates a “serious conflict of interest”.Agnes Kory, who copied her email in to MPs Glenda Jackson MP and Sir Peter Bottomley, as well as the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, lives at the Frognal Estate, in Hampstead, where Mr Southam is described as “in charge of the management”.Today Mr Southam says he has notified the First Tier Tribunal … [Read More...]
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 1 was no longer a member of the trade body. … [Read More...]
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 all sites across the country. … [Read More...]
In piecemeal fashion, ARMA is announcing companies that have signed-up to the new regulatory regime ARMA-Q on Twitter.These are the new criteria for membership of the trade body.The decision marks an abrupt reversal of a decision last week by Michelle Banks, the CEO, to announce the accredited companies in February once all applications had been processed. … [Read More...]
The annual conference of the Leasehold Advisory Service takes place on February 4.The free evening conference for leaseholders takes place from 18.15 and the venue is: etc venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD Those wishing to attend need to pre-register hereLEASE says:“This conference aims to inform, educate and offer support to leaseholders. Delegates will be able to listen to experts and professionals in the sector and also interactively participate though a series … [Read More...]
LKP / Carlex welcomes the appointment of Roger Southam, a successful block managing agent, as chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service.Changes have long been required at the quango, and at least we can now have dialogue with someone who has publicly and repeatedly acknowledged that there are defects in the sector.Roger has spoken out specifically about insurance commissions in the past and references Carlex as supporting his reforming initiatives on his Wikipedia page. Melissa Briggs, … [Read More...]
Will ARMA-Q bring change?
Next month the Association of Residential Managing Agents unveils its new ethical facelift ARMA-Q – having never, in its 21-year history, publicly expelled a single member. (See ARMA’s draft announcement pdf at the bottom of this article.) There is to be a 10-point “consumer charter” to reassure leaseholders and an apparently independent regulatory chairman, assisted […]
- Property management company accused of stalling hand-over of residents’ management companies – Bovis Homes is ejecting Countrywide from Swindon sites and is not appointing it at future ones – And … Countrywide declines to confirm whether it is applying to join ARMA-Q Justin Tomlinson (left), Conservative MP for North Swindon, has accused Countrywide of […]
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 […]
The ARMA-Q initiative is set for a House of Lords launch on May 15, with the following letter from ARMA chief executive Michelle Banks sent to invited stakeholders:
- 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 […]
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.