Film-maker and leasehold owner Renuka Wickramaratne has made a YouTube video on leasehold abuses. She deserves huge praise for having made the video, which features issues in her own block of four flats in Chelsea which was written about on LKP here It also features interviews with Sebastian O’Kelly, of LKP, and leaseholder Dennis Jackson, […]
Archives for June 2013
Thea Gilmore’s Start As We Mean To Go On is the rallying call for the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.
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 […]
Vincent Tchenguiz may be poised to lose a fifth of his freehold portfolio after failing to agree repayment terms on a £230 million debt with Lloyds Bank. The taxpayer-owned bank sought court approval on Thursday to appoint KPMG as administrators over more than 50,000 residential freeholds. It is not known which portfolios these may be. […]
Martin Boyd looks at how leasehold owners have been damaged by the Supreme Court decision on Daejan Huge problems are emerging in leasehold as a result of Lord Neuberger’s (left) Supreme Court decision in the Deajan case, which radically changed the law on s20 major works consultations.
The young couple who spent the entire winter in a leasehold top floor flat with a hole in the roof are still waiting for Peverel to fix the problem. Squirrels have taken up residence in the roof – a widely acknowledged fire-risk as they gnaw plastic cables – and rivulets of water were clearly visible […]
Among the more bizarre incidents reported to the Metropolitan Police must be the destroyed caretaker’s toilet at Imperial Hall, a leasehold block of flats overlooking Old Street’s “silicon round-about” just north of the City. The debris still lies in an untidy heap in the basement of the grand Victorian building: testament to four years of […]
Housing Minister Mark Prisk has set up a dedicated advice line for mobile home owners at LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service. This is a “free and independent service, manned by experts who understand the issues faced by park home residents”, says Prisk. It can be contacted on: 0207 383 9800 or at www.lease-advice.org
This reader got in touch with Leasehold Knowledge Partnership just over a month ago and was utterly convinced organising RTM in her block of six – where she is the only leaseholder resident – was a hopeless cause. She is now being assisted by Paula Twist of Urban Living Property Management – perhaps the Leasehold […]
The family of a woman, aged 93, who died in her ex-council leasehold flat blames the council causing her death by submitting a “guesstimate” £50,000 bill for a new roof. It now appears that an LVT has accepted a surveyor’s report that the roof might have lasted another 40 years. Florence Bourne died in her […]
By Amanda Gourlay In the first of a series of articles, barrister Amanda Gourlay looks at how the arrival of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) will change the leasehold world as we know it … On July 1, the rent assessment committee (also known as the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal / residential property tribunal) will […]
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 […]
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 is – yet again – excluding the ordinary leasehold owner and privileging its information. It is holding this event for those who pay: LEASE – 1pm 11th June 2013 Professional Webinar on the new LVT rules at £50 + vat. The content of this webinar should be available to all leasehold owners at no cost. […]
Help needed for a reader I would appreciate some views on the issue of s11 notices under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, please. I have looked through the LKP site and cannot find anything that covers these two issues and indeed cannot find anything elsewhere on the internet. I’m happy to have […]