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 influential BBC Radio 4 programme You and Yours yesterday featured retirement leasehold. This is an area of “most concern” according to Douglas Cooper, of the Office of Fair Trading, which is carrying out an inquiry into leasehold management. The programme can be heard here and the item begins 46 minutes into the programme.
The Daily Mail reported the OFT inquiry into leasehold management last week. The link is here
Deidre Hipwell, of the Times, reports: Dodgy landlords should be on their guard after the Office of Fair Trading launched an investigation into the residential property management industry. After years of complaints from millions of flat owners claiming they were being overcharged for poor service to maintain their homes, the OFT said it wanted to […]
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 […]
The Financial Times refers to figures on the leasehold sector supplied by LKP in its report on flooding insurance. The article was written by insurance correspondent Alistair Gray.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 Guardian returned to the Peverel price-fixing scam involving Cirrus Communications yesterday. The personal finance editor Patrick Collinson reported Janet Entwistle, Peverel CEO, rejecting calls for compensation. Peverel is insisting on paying only £100,000 as a “goodwill” payment to settle a dispute in which it systematically rigged tender processes in favour of its subsidiary Cirrus […]
The monthly Oldie magazine has reported the failure of freeholder Israel Moskovitz to frustrate the right to manage application of the residents at Regent Court retirement site in Plymouth. Regent Court won right to manage in February 2012, but has been locked in legal wrangling for another 20 months after Moskovitz repeatedly attempted to appeal […]
… now ALL sites should exercise right to manage and be rid of them … ‘the system is rotten’ to have allowed Peverel / Cirrus to get off, says Bottomley Update: Guardian reports OFT and Peverel Cirrus scandal Update: BBC reports Peverel / Cirrus scandal The Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal was finally confirmed […]
Not since the Soviet Union went out of business have we seen such clottish attempts to spin a positive line. It started at the website of our old friends at the Leasehold Advisory Service deciding that the key point in Sir Peter Bottomley’s speech to leaseholders in London on November 12 was a passing polite […]