The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership joined forces with the British Property Federation and the Council of Mortgage Lenders to warn government that millions of homes would be excluded from its flooding insurance initiative Flood Re.
Archives for January 2014
Leasehold owners are increasing fighting back against councils loading ‘admin’ costs for routine work. Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets, in east London, have called on the council to scrap a 17 per cent increase. The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has evidence of 29.95 per cent admin surcharges for leaseholders in Haringay, north London, on simple repairs.
One of the country’s leading housing repair companies is at centre of fraud, bribery and corruption allegations that have led to higher bills for local authority leasehold owners.
Karen Peel – a regular on the LKP website and a leasehold activist who regularly helps others achieve right to manage – has featured in the Independent. Her story of how she tracked down more than 130 leasehold owners at the Pinnacle in Wakefield has long been known to readers of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership […]
… 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, […]
The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has at last come up with an accurate figure for the number of leaseholders there are in England and Wales, after analysing government statistics. It is far higher than the usually quotes 3 million.
The cleverness Peverel demonstrated over the Cirrus scam was revealed in The Oldie magazine this week. Had Peverel not suddenly decided to come clean in December 2009 – just after the issue had been reported in the Times, but before the full Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation submission arrived in January 2010 – it […]
… which includes retirement sites, council housing and penthouses on the Thames Joint press release, backed by the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, of the British Property Federation and the Council of Mortgage Lenders The significant contribution of LKP to this is Martin Boyd’s first accurate statement of the numbers of leasehold properties there are in […]
The Campaign for the Abolition of Residential Leasehold (CARL) has sent an acerbic letter to the Office of Fair Trading in response to its inquiry into leasehold. The letter comes from chairman Nigel Wilkins (left), who has headed CARL since 2003, as the OFT seeks to define the “scope” of its inquiry. CARL has been […]
‘ … On this issue you seem unwilling to listen, learn or improve’ Energy Secretary Ed Davey has today told Peverel chief executive Janet Entwistle to pay a “much larger compensatory offer” for running a price-fixing cartel. In December Peverel subsidiary Cirrus was found to have been running bid-rigging tendering for contracts worth £1.4 million […]
The Leasehold Advisory Service has told Sir Peter Bottomley that it will need another two weeks to investigate complaints against controversial chartered surveyor Benjamin Mire. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management based in Colindale, in north London, resigned from his judicial appointment on the property tribunal last summer following an investigation into his […]
… and next months seeks to ask whether the government will review the need for ALL leasehold residents to agree to convert tenure to commonhold Baroness Gardner of Parkes, a long-standing leasehold campaigner, asked the government this week what assessment had been made of the impact on leaseholders of changes to the the First Tier Tribunal. […]
What would you advise this woman, who called from Newcastle this morning about a flat at Kensington Hall Gardens, in West Kensington in London. She has been appointed power of attorney to her aunt, who is now in full-time care in a psychiatric hospital. The aunt owned a four-bedroom flat in West Kensington at Kensington […]
Last Saturday, The Independent wrote a wide-ranging report on leasehold issues and the need for reforms. Headed ‘The secret of how to give your flat a new lease of life … ‘ it was, in fact, a round-up of: the Cirrus scandal, the OFT investigation into leasehold (the scope of which concludes on January 17), […]
By Sebastian O’Kelly Well, unfortunately Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, had problems with his phone link, so fewer leasehold points were addressed than was hoped. Nonetheless, it was an excellent piece of live radio that covered a number of important points in local authority leasehold. First, the programme reported the case of Florence Bourne, 93, […]
The issues in this case – and others concerning local authority leasehold – will be debated tomorrow morning on BBC Five Live with Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, and Sebastian O’Kelly, of LKP, at 11.30am, Sunday January 12 A disastrous act of defiance in refusing to pay her share of a council’s major works scheme […]