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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bottomley questions Tchenguiz leasehold interests in the Commons

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The Tchenguiz activities in leasehold property were highlighted in the House of Commons yesterday by Sir Peter Bottomley. In a brief aside during debate over the private rented sector, Sir Peter referred to “the Tchenguiz interests featuring in the Office of Fair Trading report on abuses of leaseholders, overvaluations of freeholds and the sale of […]

Number of leasehold homes is DOUBLE the figure the government believes, says the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

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Shocking leasehold report: LKP leasehold market evaluation final. Press Release The residential leasehold sector – mainly flats – is the murky corner of the housing market … and it is far larger than any government body has realised. The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership today publishes a report demonstrating that there are 5.37 million leasehold properties in […]

Janet Entwistle to Bottomley: £100,000 ‘goodwill’ payment over Cirrus scam stays and she welcomes meeting with MPs and Carlex

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Janet Entwistle, the Peverel chief executive, won’t increase the compensation – Peverel terms it ‘goodwill’ – offered to sites that were likely to have been cheated in the price-fixing scandal. Her decision is made in reply to Sir Peter Bottomley – copied in to LibDem Cabinet minister Ed Davey and Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick – […]

Freeholder’s barrister Justin Bates named in Parliament yesterday. And Benjamin Mire. And Tchenguiz. And Yianis. And Israel Moskovitz …

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… Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick and Sir Peter Bottomley put the boot in to leasehold profiteers! Two senior MPs from opposite political parties yesterday delivered hard-hitting speeches in Parliament that highlighted the scandals in leasehold. And in a sign of the rising political temperature concerning these issues, neither hesitated to name names. Jim Fitzpatrick, the […]

Stop taking money from Benjamin Mire, Bottomley tells Leasehold Advisory Service

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… and instead of passing on complainants’ names to him, you can use mine! Sir Peter Bottomley has told LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, to stop taking money to advertise the company of Benjamin Mire, Trust Property Management. Trust appears on the LEASE website in the professional directory. LKP has established, with a freedom of […]

Sir Peter Bottomley condemns criminal behaviour, price-fixing, cheating freeholders, exit fee fiddles, opportunist lawyers and feeble judicial intervention

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… in a speech that ALL leaseholders have been waiting to hear   Sir Peter Bottomley made the speech all leaseholder victims of the system were waiting for when he condemned the current practices in the flawed sector. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Federation of Private Residents’ Associations – which LKP urges all […]

ARMA-Q reformers get strong backing at annual conference

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The reform-minded leadership of Association of Residential Managing Agents today made a strong call for backing of ARMA-Q, its scheme to add ethically enhanced backbone to the professional body representing block managing agents. An audience of around 300 members at Queen Elizabeth Conference Hall in Westminster was told that that ARMA-Q was a necessary first […]

The Oldie reports Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal

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The alleged Peverel / Cirrus price–fixing scandal has been reported at length in this month’s issue of The Oldie. (Click on image) It repeats Sir Peter Bottomley’s view that Peverel has undertaken “unlawful and probably criminal actions” and he dismisses the Office of Fair Trading’s fiction that Peverel turned itself in. Carlex can demonstrate that […]

Bottomley: ‘possible criminal behaviour involving Peverel’ over tendering scams

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Articles in The Times in 2009 also show Carlex had publicly raised the issue of Cirrus’s tendering scams before Peverel turned itself in Sir Peter Bottomley has waded into the Peverel price-fixing scandal by publicly doubting whether the company had “confessed” to the Office of Fair Trading before being alerted by the three Carlex whistleblowers. […]

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 […]

Lords amendment sneaks regulation of leasehold managing agents into the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

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A sneaky Lords amendment by Baroness Gardner (left) has seen the licensing of leasehold managing agents added to legislation to license the widely-abused letting agency business. And Sir Peter Bottomley is urging the Government – in the form of officials at the Department of Communities and Local Government – from blocking the measure at the […]

Minister holds roundtable talks on leasehold

Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) is holding an hour-long roundtable discussion on residential leasehold tomorrow. The meeting is to be attended by trade body representatives such as Michelle Banks, of ARMA – a former civil servant at the Department of Communities and Local Government – RICS, and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM). Representatives […]

Plantation Wharf leasehold pensioner has forfeiture order on his £800,000 flat

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Dennis Jackson, a neighbour of Commons speaker John Bercow and TV chef Nigella Lawson, has had his leasehold £800,000 riverside London flat at Plantation Wharf forfeited by court order. Unless a deal is brokered, retired photographer Jackson, 73, has until February 27  to pack his bags and get out of the attractive split-level apartment in […]

Tory MP backs pensioners in leasehold right to manage dispute

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Tory MP Oliver Colvile (right) yesterday pledged his support to the two leasehold retirement developments in Plymouth that are locked in leasehold right to manage disputes with their freeholder. At two packed meetings at Elim Court and Regent Court in his  Sutton and Devonport constituency, Colvile told the residents that he would support them in […]

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 […]

Managing agent Joseph Gurvits named in Commons – an hour after MP attends ARMA round-table conference on tougher ethical standards

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The behind-the-scenes concern of senior politicians over managing agent Joseph Gurvits broke into the open yesterday when he was named in the House of Commons. Gurvits was named – without comment and together with Peverel and Tchenguiz – in a brief intervention in the rental housing sector debate yesterday by Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for […]

Housing Minister Mark Prisk holds meeting with LKP – but keep pestering MPs!

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After years of banging on a closed door, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Carlex held a meeting with Housing Minister Mark Prisk (right) yesterday. But leasehold activists are urged to keep pressing MPs (and copy us in to your correspondence!) As a result of the meeting, the minister is reviewing the following: How right to manage is […]

Pensioner who defied ‘complex’ service charges faces forfeiture of his £800,000 flat at Plantation Wharf

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By Sebastian O’Kelly A pensioner faces having his £800,000 flat in one of London’s prime riverside developments forfeited by court order for refusing to pay service charges that he could not understand. Astonishingly, the court action on November 28 is being pursued by the pensioner’s own neighbours in Plantation Wharf, Battersea – who may shortly […]

Bottomley demands meeting over leasehold with Housing Minister Mark Prisk after LKP / Carlex conference

Sir Peter Bottomley chairs meeting for leasehold reform at his Westminster offices this afternoon

Sir Peter Bottomley is to calling for an urgent meeting about leasehold issues with Housing Minister Mark Prisk, following the Leasehold Knowledge Partnerhsip / Carlex conference at Westminster this afternoon. “It is quite clear that pensioners and other leaseholders are facing serious issues and this need to be addressed,” Sir Peter told a gathering of […]

‘Legal torture’ pensioners settle for £68,500 … but two of the original leasehold applicants have since died

The landlords' lawyers repeatedly delayed the LVT case of the pensioners at Oakland Court, which was criticised as "legal torture" in the Commons

Leasehold residents at the Oakland Court retirement development in Worthing today accepted a £68,500 settlement of their dispute with their landlord over the notional rent of the house warden’s flat. Sadly, two of the original applicants have died and three have moved to full-time nursing care since the application to the LVT was made in […]

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 […]

Stop this ‘legal torture’ of pensioners, says MP

Sir Peter Bottomley denounces LVT stratagems in post on LKP Sir Peter Bottomley attacks “relentless money-grabbing opponent” A senior Tory MP has posted on LKP today to express his utter disgust at the delaying tactics used by the freeholder  – whose lawyers included Laceys, who proclaim themselves the “honorary solicitors” of ARMA – at the […]

Pensioners in £137,000 victory

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Leasehold residents wrongly charged for warden’s flat … dating back to 1986! Landmark victory at Oakland Court, in Worthing, means notional rent for a warden’s flat cannot be paid out of service charges   In a landmark case, 40 elderly leaseholders have won an epic battle against paying for the notional rent of their warden’s […]