MPs call for all-party group on leasehold, and to stop right to manage being thwarted

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The Westminster meeting on Tuesday March 11 on right to manage organized by Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex saw an all-party group on leasehold becoming more likely. The move would certainly be backed by Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland, as well as Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and […]

ARMA-Q reformers get strong backing at annual conference

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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 […]

What does LKP think of ARMA reforms, we were asked. As the annual conference begins in London today, here we go …

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The leasehold management establishment meets today for the annual conference of ARMA in London. It will be an occasion to trumpet the ARMA-Q initiative – which is the organisation’s attempt to put ethical backbone into the trade body. The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership was asked by ARMA for its opinion of the organisation’s reforms before the […]

Minister holds roundtable talks on leasehold

Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) is holding an hour-long roundtable discussion on residential leasehold tomorrow. The meeting is to be attended by trade body representatives such as Michelle Banks, of ARMA – a former civil servant at the Department of Communities and Local Government – RICS, and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM). Representatives […]

ARMA-Q: a qualified welcome, but it is not a new dawn

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COMMENT The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership broadly welcomes the draft ARMA-Q initiative, which may help resolve the less poisonous disputes in blocks managed by ARMA members. It has also made suggestions to improve it: first, to make the disciplinary procedures public, like ours; secondly, to strengthen the requirement to declare ‘conflicts of interest’ to leaseholders. It […]

ARMA-Q: an ethical facelift for a flawed trade body

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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 […]

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 […]

What is LKP?

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The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership exists to protect ordinary leaseholders from being fleeced by landlords and their agents. They exploit the many opportunities offered by this flawed form of property tenure. The LKP seeks to identify and accredit property managing agents who sign up to open accounting and straight dealing. They charge a clear fee for property […]

First task for ARMA’s ethical panel: examine ARMA itself

The Association of Residential Managing Agents is seeking to brush up its act by appointing a chairman and members for the disciplinary panel of its “new self-regulatory regime”. It was advertising the posts in yesterday’s Sunday Times. This is an attempt by the trade body to regain credibility after its long years of silence when […]

Stop this ‘legal torture’ of pensioners, says MP

Sir Peter Bottomley denounces LVT stratagems in post on LKP Sir Peter Bottomley attacks “relentless money-grabbing opponent” A senior Tory MP has posted on LKP today to express his utter disgust at the delaying tactics used by the freeholder  – whose lawyers included Laceys, who proclaim themselves the “honorary solicitors” of ARMA – at the […]

How you get scammed on insurance … with tips from LEASE!

It is a brilliant (not-so-little) earner and one that – astonishingly – isn’t illegal. Buy up residential freeholds, charge enormous commissions for arranging the insurance and pass the bill on to leaseholders, who – and this is the really brilliant bit – have no legal right whatsoever to find out what the commissions are. The […]

Oop! No surprise why this word is causing ARMA difficulty

ARMA now supports transparency, regulation, good governance, ombudsman, open debate, protection of leaseholders’ interests etc etc … having for years benefited from the subscriptions of large companies which have loaded stealth charges, trousered sneaky commissions or awarded their own subsidiaries absurdly generous contracts. All paid for by ordinary leaseholders. This has been upheld time and […]

Baroness Hanham and Rupert Murdoch: spot the difference

One is parroting the non-policy of Grant Shapps, and the other has never met him or, if he has, asked no favours   By ‘Barrack-room Lawyer’ (As ARHM president Baroness Greengross defined OAP complainers in retirement flats with too much time on their hands) In last Monday’s House of Lords debate, initiated by Baroness Gardner […]

Lonely Shapps: the only one who doesn’t think there is a need for leasehold regulation

Grant Shapps, Housing Minister, does not think the leasehold racket needs cleaning up, in spite of unanimous agreement in the industry – let alone the 1.8 million leaseholders themselves   The body representing the most powerful interests in British property fully supports greater regulation of the leasehold sector – leaving Housing Minister Grant Shapps isolated […]

January news archive

24.01.2012 Why does Anthony Essien, of LEASE the Leasehold Advisory Service, think “mediation” is the way forward in leasehold reform – when his own organisation scrapped its mediation service exactly a year ago? Read news for more … 23.01.2012 Will Boris Johnson support leasehold reform and defy government? Read Sebastian O’Kelly’s report on the Greater […]

Ombudsman for Peverel

20.01.12 NEW APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMA – the appointment of the new Chief Executive, Michelle Banks,  (current employment – Deputy Director, Development Management (Planning), equivalent to the previous Grade 6 or 7 civil servant in the DCLG), has been announced. It was recently announced that Peter Hinchliffe would take up the new role of Head of Peverel’s […]