The full Leasehold Valuation Tribunal rulings at Oakland Court in Worthing – including the preliminary decision, refusal of leave to appeal by the LVT and the final determination – has been published on the Ministry of Justice website. The link is below.
The pensioners were contesting the notional rent of the house manager’s flat, but the landlord’s barrister, Justin Bates, assisted by Laceys solicitors of Bournemouth – who also style themselves the ‘honorary solicitors’ of ARMA – repeatedly argued that the case should not be heard. Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative MP for Worthing East, told the House of Commons that these legal stratagems amounted to “legal torture” of the pensioners.
Two of the original applicants had died by the time the dispute was settled in the residents’ favour. Search Oakland Court on this site for full details, or click the Oakland Court menu on the “news by category” index.