– lawyers want amendment to Consumer Rights Bill – last chance to contact CMA Conveyancing leasehold lawyers are demanding changes in law to stop freeholders and managing agents cashing in on sales of leasehold property. The Conveyancing Association estimates that there are £80 million in charges every year in the transactions of 300,000 flats.
Janet Entwistle, the Peverel CEO, assured LKP earlier this year that no one involved directly – or even “linked” – in the Cirrus price-fixing scam was still employed by the company. Janet Entwistle’s was speaking at a meeting with LKP at the Commons on February 10, hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley. She is recorded in […]
LKP met shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds yesterday to discuss problems in the leasehold sector. The meeting was organised by Jim Fitzpatrick, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who has some of the richest and poorest leaseholders in the country in his constituency. He has become a firm stalwart in fighting for leaseholders.
The House of Lords had another short debate on leasehold issues last Thursday and urged the case for reform to benefit five million leaseholders. The debate was initiated by by LibDem peer Baroness Maddock, who said “further reform is still needed and is very much a live concern for the millions of people living in […]
The Westminster meeting on Tuesday March 11 on right to manage organized by Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation 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 […]
Energy Secretary Ed Davey demanded answers this afternoon from the Office of Fair Trading over its tardy investigation into the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal. He and Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, wanted to know why the investigation was so protracted and why Peverel was offered a 100 per cent leniency deal. Peverel […]
The Lords amendment by Baroness Gardner that would see leasehold managing agents required to have a licence will be sabotaged in the Commons tomorrow. Instead, the Department of Communities and Local Government wants to insist managing agents belong to an ombudsman scheme. Ombudsmen are widely popular among the vested interests in the status quo of […]
On Wednesday the leasehold “industry” was given the opportunity to persuade Housing Minister Mark Prisk that it has cleaned up its act with new codes of practice and consumer charters. The representation was largely from the commercial interests of leasehold and from the trade bodies that serve them. But there were also members of Parliament, […]
Junior minister Don Foster (left) has defended his remark that the elderly and the vulnerable find exercising leasehold right to manage as “somewhat daunting”, which some leasehold residents find somewhat insulting. Foster, who was made a parliamentary under secretary of state for the Department for Communities and Local Government in September 2012, says: “As this […]
After years of banging on a closed door, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership / Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation 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 […]
Sir Peter Bottomley is to calling for an urgent meeting about leasehold issues with Housing Minister Mark Prisk, following the Leasehold Knowledge Partnerhsip /Campaign against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation 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 […]
The line-up of speakers at next Tuesday’s Leasehold Knowledge Partnership meeting at Westminster for MPs and Lords, which is being hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley (left), MP for Worthing West, has been finalised. They will include the authors of three key reports on leasehold which have been published this year. The event, which is to […]
There is exactly two weeks to go before the LKP briefing at the Houses of Parliament things are moving along at a pace. All MPs and Lords have now received a formal invitation to attend from Sir Peter Bottomley MP. Our speakers are lined up. Key members of staff from the Ministry of Justice and […]
Things have been quiet on the LKP site for a few weeks because we have been a little busy behind the scenes. LKP and the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation have been organising a briefing meeting on leasehold issues for both MP’s and Lord’s at the Houses of Parliament. The meeting is due to take […]
If anyone has any helpful suggestions about why this odd collection of companies paid for Grant Shapps’ office when shadow housing minister, please do get in touch:
The House of Lords was told today that key clauses in the legislation that would help protect leaseholders’ funds that are controlled by managing agents won’t come into force because this was the Labour government’s policy. This was the explanation from Baroness Hanham, Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government, why the key […]