The Department of Communities and Local Government has rejected a second complaint about Roger Southam being the chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service.
“Mr Southam has not done anything in his private business that impinges upon his role as Chair of LEASE,” the DCLG tells the National Leasehold Campaign Facebook group.
The group represents many of the leasehold house owners in the North West, and has successfully engaged media attention on this issue.
The DCLG notes the “serious nature of the allegations raised”, but claims: “He [Mr Southam] was appointed on merit following a fair and open competition process, as regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
“… The Department has investigated the concerns raised regarding Mr Southam. This review confirms that Mr Southam’s role as chair of LEASE is totally separate from his private business.
“Therefore any requests sent to him in his capacity as chair of LEASE are distinct and separate from those relating to matters of his personal business.”
The leaseholders at Mulberry Mews, a Taylor Wimpey London site where Mr Southam’s Chainbow owned the embedded management company, claimed that they were hesitant to approach LEASE for advice because of Mr Southam’s conflicted role.
Indeed, one issue over insurance commissions was resolved after gave its opinion on the matter.
Following the intervention of LKP, Chainbow surrendered control of this company which then became a “residents’ management company”, of which all leaseholders were the participating members.
Without LKP’s involvement this would not have happened.