LEASE should not pitch callers into ALEP’s ‘den of cheque books’

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Shula Rich (left) a long-standing advisor on leasehold issues has criticised the Leasehold Advisory Service for setting up an out-of-hours advice line run by practising solicitors, who may also be hoping to tout for work. Out-of-hours callers to LEASE can be put in contact with solicitors who are members of ALEP, the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. The […]

AgeUK’s damning verdict on leasehold in CMA study

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– Self-regulation (by ARHM, ARMA, RICS) has failed – Leasehold tenure itself disempowers residents and makes them vulnerable – Commonhold should be explored – Right to manage needs to be made easier for the elderly – LEASE’s ‘problematic’ role serving all sides in leasehold – CMA’s skimpy Ipsos MORI poll ‘should not be used as […]

Benjamin Mire’s Trust Property Management up for sale

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Former property tribunal panel member and chartered surveyor Benjamin Mire has put his company Trust Property Management up for sale, it was announced yesterday. Mire, a property manager based in Colindale, north London, has been engulfed in controversy over the past 18 months.

[Eight] Ten days after talking tough, LEASE seems to have dropped ‘Mire for hire’

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UPDATE July 18: LEASE finally appears to have dropped the enterprises of controversial property manager Benjamin Mire from its professional directory – which are paid-for adverts.   Eight days after LEASE ruled that all advertising associated with controversial property manager Benjamin Mire be removed from the quango’s website, it is still there. On July 8 […]

LEASE dumps Benjamin Mire … after eight months of dithering!

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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 […]

Kris Hopkins says Benjamin Mire’s promotion by LEASE does not ‘constitute a recommendation’

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Housing Minister Kris Hopkins addressed the “serious matter” of Benjamin Mire and Trust Property Management advertising on the website of the Leasehold Advisory Service. In a parliamentary answer, Kris Hopkins said: “The practitioner list is not meant to be a fully comprehensive list, nor does inclusion constitute a recommendation by LEASE. Firms pay a fee […]

Quango-crat Deep Sagar told: sack ‘disgraced and disgraceful’ Benjamin Mire or sack yourself!

Deep Sagar: 'Stop promoting Mire or resign', says Sir Peter Bottomley

Sir Peter Bottomley has told the chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service Deep Sagar to stop advertising the services of  Benjamin Mire – or resign. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management based in Colindale, north London, is a chartered surveyor who sat as a panel member of the property tribunal until he resigned […]

Bottomley asks housing minister: when was the purpose of LEASE last reviewed?

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The Leasehold Advisory Service has come under parliamentary scrutiny with Sir Peter Bottomley asking the housing minister when the purpose of LEASE was last reviewed. He has also asked that LEASE provide to him a public report on problems in the leasehold sector that are known to LEASE. The controversial quango is up for review […]

LEASE chairman Deep Sagar to rule on Benjamin Mire advertising in its professional directory

Deep Sagar: get rid of Mire or resign

Deep Sagar (right), the chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service, is to decide whether Benjamin Mire be permitted to continue to advertise in quango’s professional directory. It costs Mire, the CEO of Trust Property Management in north London, £519 plus VAT to do so. Last summer, the chartered surveyor resigned his judicial appointment to the […]

Leasehold Advisory Service to Bottomley: two more weeks to investigate Benjamin Mire

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The Leasehold Advisory Service has told Sir Peter Bottomley that it will need another two weeks to investigate complaints against controversial chartered surveyor Benjamin Mire. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management based in Colindale, in north London, resigned from his judicial appointment on the property tribunal last summer following an investigation into his […]

Deep Sagar, chairman of LEASE, threatens LKP over ‘Wibble, Wobble’ article calling for reform

Deep Sagar: get rid of Mire or resign

Deep Sagar, chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service, has demanded that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership remove an article from its website and issue an apology, or it “reserves the right to take appropriate further action”. It is an open question what is meant by this threat, which comes in the form of a letter from […]

Wibble, Wobble: why the Leasehold Advisory Service needs to be reformed

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Does LEASE help or hinder? Write in to LKP  We believe that the case for reforming LEASE is overwhelming. It does good work and employs some good people, who have provided help to leaseholders. But its monetising enthusiasms – an annual conference in fancy venues for professionals only (leaseholders were only invited for the first […]

Leasehold forfeiture: why is LEASE so pathetic over this, too?

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LEASE is also under attack for failing to address the issue of leasehold forfeiture. LEASE happily tells freehold owners how to forfeit a lease, but does not tell leaseholders how to preserve their home. Nigel Wilkins, of the Campaign Against Residential Leasehold, who has been urging that forfeiture be ended, has written to LEASE chief […]

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. […]

LEASE 2013: Pitiful contrast between professional and leaseholder sessions

By Martin Boyd The contrast between day event for professionals in leasehold and the evening event for ordinary leaseholders could not have been more stark. Paupers and kings might be a good analogy. While the day event saw the most talented in the leasehold world speak on a range of specialist topics, the evening event […]

Prisk to Bottomley: what’s the evidence that the Leasehold Advisory Service is not ‘balanced’? Well, how about this for starters …

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Housing Minister Mark Prisk has rounded on Sir Peter Bottomley to demand why he believes that the Leasehold Advisory Service in not ‘balanced’. Sir Peter, the Tory MP for Worthing West, made his comments in the Commons on April 16: “To have clever lawyers, some of whom will appear at LEASE—the Government-approved agency for giving […]