Guy Fetherstonhaugh, QC, considers commonhold after LKP Westminster meeting

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By Martin Boyd Following on from LKP’s Westminster meeting on commonhold last month, Guy Fetherstonhaugh, QC, has written an interesting article published in Estates Gazette. Reproduced with its permission, the article highlights the relative merits of the commmonhold versus leasehold systems.

Will insurers leave flooded leaseholders in the soup?

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Last week (Monday June 23) LKP met DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson for a round table meeting with other leasehold groups about the flood insurance proposals in the Water Bill. All are concerned flooded leaseholders will be left out of the government’s Flood Re scheme. The only organisations seemingly unconcerned is the Association of British Insurers. In […]

LKP holds Westminster meeting on commonhold

Discussing alternatives to leasehold: Martin Boyd (left) of LKP holds Westminster discussion with hosts Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour MP, Limehouse and Poplar) and Sir Peter Bottomley (Conservative MP, Worthing West)

“Millions have an interest in leasehold living. Most would gain when commonhold or strata title becomes the norm.  “This meeting is an important step forward. “In the near future, abuse and misuse and the shortcomings of leasehold can be tackled. “For the future, there should be a timetable to end new residential leaseholds and to […]

West India Quay’s victory against £74,560 legal onslaught … for a recognised residents’ association

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This is a slider post only. It gives the two accounts of the West India Quay saga. See the two original posts for date of publication Giving recognition to a residents’ association at the most exclusive apartment block in Canary Wharf posed the sort of “risks that you see with the trade unions”, the First-Tier […]

West India Quay defeats £74,560 legal onslaught …

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… and wins the right to a recognised residents’ association The residents at West India Quay in London’s Docklands have won their epic battle to have a recognised residents’ association. Represented for free by Martin Boyd, a co-director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, the residents faced a legal onslaught headed by Edwin Johnson, QC. This […]

Legal army to stop West India Quay getting … a recognised residents’ association

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Giving recognition to a residents’ association at the most exclusive apartment block in Canary Wharf posed the sort of “risks that you see with the trade unions”, the First-Tier Tribunal was told last Thursday. The remark was made by the freeholder’s professional witness, chartered surveyor Bruce Maunder Taylor – and was greeted with guffaws of […]

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 […]

Commons told of LKP leasehold figures

The work of Martin Boyd, co-director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, to provide accurate leasehold figures was drawn to the attention of the Commons yesterday. Boyd used leasehold figures from the 2011 census and the National House-Building Council to conclude that there are 5.3 million leasehold properties rather than the 2.5 million repeated by government […]

Commons today repeats LKP figures on number of leasehold owners

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… and found time to name Peverel and Cirrus – again – and “tricksy freeholders” and grasping leasehold lawyers The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership estimate on the number of leasehold owners was repeated in the Commons today. This is a coup for Martin Boyd (left), LKP stalwart and chairman of the residents at Charter Quay, Kingston, […]

MPs back Leasehold Knowledge Partnership call to reform residents’ associations – drawn up by the man who won back £500,000 off Tchenguiz / Peverel

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The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has proposed changing the government regulations on the creation of residents’ associations, and has received widespread backing for the reform. The key changes that have been presented to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles are: That residents associations can be recognised with 50 per cent of qualifying residents plus one supporting the move, […]

Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd praised in House of Commons: put them on the board of LEASE and clear up the ‘muck’ of leasehold

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Sir Peter Bottomley (left) yesterday made his strongest Commons intervention yet on the scandals in leasehold. He named and praised the two keys figures in the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, named and criticised Tchenguiz and urged a full debate on leasehold under the cover of parliamentary privilege. He attacked the role of LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory […]

Fury at ‘life-shattering’ forfeiture case held in a secret court

Both the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and Dennis Jackson, a leaseholder at Plantation Wharf in Battersea, have complained to the Ministry of Justice that a forfeiture case was held in a secret court. Jackson, 73, had his lease forfeited on January 30 and had 28 days to ask a court to lift the order before it […]

Bottomley meets Joseph Gurvits and Israel Moskovitz over leasehold right to manage disputes at Plymouth retirement developments – but residents are determined to fight it out

Sir Peter Bottomley MP (right) held a meeting yesterday at his Westminster offices with the freeholder and managing agent who are locked in right to manage disputes with leaseholders at two Plymouth retirement developments. The meeting was an informal exchange of views between freeholder Israel Moskovitz, property manager Joseph Gurvits and Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin […]

Full LKP / Carlex briefing notes on leasehold for MPs

The following document was handed to MPs and Lords who attended the Carlex / LKP leasehold meeting at Westminster yesterday: From ‘legal torture’ to £1 million repayments to leaseholders A briefing by the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation- LKP/CARLEX. The meeting has been kindly hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley MP, […]

Sort out LVTs and keep on exposing leasehold ‘legal torture’, Sir Peter Bottomley tells the Commons

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Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative MP for Worthing West, praised those who have been exposing leasehold abuses in a statement to the Commons this afternoon. He also called on the government to examine the process of Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and asked for a written ministerial statement on their workings to be provided in September. He cited […]