Now LEASE survival is at stake … it wants to meet the ‘stakeholders’

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The taxpayer-funded Leasehold Advisory Service organised its first wide-ranging “stakeholder” meeting last Thursday to understand how it can best get feedback from the sector. LKP / Carlex would question why it wants this feedback in the first place, given that LEASE has said absolutely NOTHING about abuses in the sector and left this task entirely […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

‘Drive your MPs mad to change leasehold,’ Gardner tells FPRA

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Full speeches have been added to the end of this article Around 250 leaseholders met in London tonight to hear Baroness Gardner of Parkes say that reform of the troubled sector is very much on the political agenda. “But to see this through you must keep on campaigning: make a real nuisance of yourselves,” she […]

Welsh government to investigate leasehold abuses

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The CentreForum report into leasehold, A new lease of life: Reforming leasehold for the 21st century, has prompted  a reaction in the only other country in the world apart from England that has this flawed form of property tenure: Wales. A report has appeared on Walesonline and a Welsh Government spokesman said: “We share many […]

LEASE denies seeking bungs to pass ordinary leaseholders on to professional services

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LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, is a taxpayer-funded quango, so why on earth is it asking solicitors and others whether they would be prepared to pay referral fees to be put in touch with the distressed ordinary leaseholders who call up for advice? Referral fees – or ‘bungs’ as they are less politely termed – […]

Leasehold Advisory Service: ‘Lawyers here won’t even speak to me, because I cannot afford their fees’

An emotional Julian Shersby, who lost £44,000 in an LVT action, tells the Leasehold Advisory Service conference it is failing ordinary leaseholders

In the last ten minutes the Leasehold Advisory Service annual conference burst into life this afternoon when a furious delegate grabbed the microphone and said the quango was failing to represent the interests of ordinary leaseholders. “I see around me here landlords and managing agents and lots of lawyers who won’t even speak to me […]

LKP comment on LEASE annual conference 2012: a trade show for ‘leasehold professionals’ courtesy of taxpayers

EDITORIAL Anyone who thought that last week’s annual conference of Leasehold Advisory Service, a quango paid for out of taxpayers’ money, would be a gathering of ordinary leaseholders, swapping ideas and experiences of managing their apartment blocks, would have been sadly deluded. It was, in fact, a very expensive trade show filled with representatives from […]

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 […]

LEASE: Find some backbone, or face the chop!

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.

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 […]