Trust Property Management fails to find a buyer

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Trust Property Management, whose CEO Benjamin Mire is facing disciplinary proceedings from his professional body RICS, is no longer up for sale. It was put on the market on September 10 last year through Bluebox Corporate Finance, but earlier this month this process came to an end.

Re-energised LEASE holds annual conference

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A re-energised and confident Leasehold Advisory Service held its LEASE annual conference 2015 in central London last Wednesday. It was a gathering of some of the brightest – perhaps most socially engaged – of the players in the professional leasehold world: lawyers, surveyors, property tribunal judges, property managers. For the third time – and it […]

Roger Southam should not be LEASE chair, leaseholder tells housing minister

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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 […]

London LEASE conference on February 4

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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 here LEASE says: “This conference aims to inform, educate and offer support […]

Interview with LEASE chairman Roger Southam

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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 […]

LEASE is recruiting … But why the pandering to the sector’s commercial interests?

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(And what will new chairman Roger Southam do about it?) The Leasehold Advisory Service is recruiting two new legal advisers this month, with special emphasis on developing the quango’s commercial activities. The posts are for a senior legal advisor, a barrister or a solicitor, and a legal advisor, who will also require a legal qualification. But […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]