Roger Southam takes over as LEASE chair

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… and Countrywide executive appointed to the board (which means there is still no representative of leaseholders) The colourful property manager Roger Southam, of Chainbow, is today announced as the new chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Mr Southam, a chartered surveyor, founded Chainbow but sold out most, perhaps all, its residential management contracts to Trinity in […]

Council’s section 106 is delaying the hand-over of residents’ management companies, Countrywide tells leaseholder in complaints ruling

Swindon leaseholder Andy Webb, who lives in Bovis-built site The Oaks, complained to Countrywide Estate Management about the delays in handing over control of the residents’ management company. He wished to attend an AGM and put himself forward as a director, and the complaint was “escalated” in July to Elaine M Evans, Countrywide’s “compliance & complaints […]

Countrywide ‘ripping off’ leaseholders, MP tells Commons. And it is given the boot by Bovis Homes

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- 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 […]

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 […]

Victory against Countrywide in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton flood leasehold victims win £16,000 at LVT … and are coming back again for £40,000 more Andy Burton in front of Market Square, Wolverhampton More than 100 residents at Wolverhampton city centre’s premier housing development were today(mon) celebrating victory in a battle with the landlord over a £16,000 repair bill – and are now […]

Seeking stars in the east

What picture emerges from LKP’s tour this week of East Anglia? Apart from Cambridge, leasehold property ownership more resembles the North West than the affluent South East. In Norwich, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, most leasehold flats are owned by buy-to-let investors – and so far they have proved pretty wretched investments, down 40-50 per […]