The evidence provided to the Communities Select Committee by lawyers – and the Law Commissioner Professor Nicholas Hopkins – add up to devastating criticisms of the leasehold system. Three lawyers who have made their careers in the sector barely had a good word to say about leasehold law, when they came before the Select Committee […]
Time for government to end forfeiture windfalls to landlords This story has since been taken up by The Times journalist Andrew Ellson and reported on MailOnline, The Sun and The Mirror: Leaseholder’s £600k flat seized over ‘redecoration’ A leaseholder has had a £600,000 flat confiscated by his freeholder after “redecorating” it in what campaigners say […]
Back in 2006 the Law Commission recommended the total removal of leasehold forfeiture, but the government and its officials have done nothing about it. Instead, they argue that it is a very minor issue. So minor, in fact, that last year when the then shadow communities secretary Emma Reynolds asked in a parliamentary question how […]
The contentious Housing and Planning bill has now been enacted after much debate in Parliament. The bill was not originally intended to address any leasehold legislation but, during its passage, two key leasehold amendments were introduced in the Commons and the Lords. These amendments went on to be supported by both the government and the […]
… and forfeiture needs changing, too Housing minister Brandon Lewis is facing trouble over his Housing Bill with Sir Peter Bottomley today telling the commons: “The Bill totally misses out the necessary changes to leasehold and commonhold. “Some years ago, the House passed a Bill to allow commonhold to come in. It has defects and […]
… the debt-chasing solicitors correspond with a buy-to-let investor who is barred from renting out his flat LKP is not going to spend too much time on well resourced buy to let investors getting into a jam that their lawyers should have prevented, but this one is curious. The purchasers bought a flat in Thornton […]
Emma Reynolds, Labour’s shadow housing minister, has discovered that no one knows how many cases of leasehold forfeiture take place – and it would be too expensive to find out. The astonishing admission came from the Ministry of Justice in one of the last parliamentary questions of the session.
Forfeiture and how to bring it to an end was the subject of a LKP meeting with the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Building Societies Association in London this afternoon. LKP is trying to push the subject of forfeiture up the political agenda: for all leaseholder readers new to this site, forfeiture means you […]
A woman in east London had her £165,000 flat forfeited over what began as £290 owed in ground rents. The property had no mortgage, so the massive financial loss is entirely borne by her.
March 17 2014: Sebastian O’Kelly, Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation chairman and director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, last night won a press award for his campaigning journalism over leasehold for the second year running. O’Kelly won the “Scoop of the Year” category for his report into the scandalous forfeiture of the £800,000 flat belonging to […]
Sebastian O’Kelly, Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation chairman and director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, last night won a press award for his coverage of leasehold for the second year running. O’Kelly won the “Scoop of the Year” category for his report into the scandalous forfeiture of the £800,000 flat belonging to Dennis Jackson, at […]
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 has […]
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 […]
The case of Dennis Jackson, 74, who came within a hair’s breadth of losing his Battersea flat at Plantation Wharf in a forfeiture action earlier this year, featured in the Sunday Times on November 24. The case is still on-going as Jackson is trying to sell his flat, on the market for £800,000, to pay […]
… 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 […]
DCLG Secretary Eric Pickles has stepped in to protect leasehold owners from staggering repair costs where local authorities are the freeholder. Full details here If central government money is being spent on improving local authority housing stock then leaseholders should not have to pay more than £10,000 … or, £15,000 in London. But it […]