The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is going to keep on taking money from controversial managing agent Benjamin Mire after dithering over the issue for FOUR months.
Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management, is a chartered surveyor who was a panel member of the property tribunal until he resigned in the midst of an investigation last summer.
In an exceptional move, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office made clear that he would have been sacked in any case. He had:
“failed to observe the standards that could reasonably be expected of a judicial office holder and that this failing was sufficiently serious to justify his removal from office”.
Mire has appeared as a representative in cases before the tribunal 52 times since 1999. Some of them are reported on this website.
Sir Peter Bottomley, the Conservative MP for Worthing West who is campaigning against leasehold abuses, urged LEASE to stop accepting advertising from Mire companies on November 29 last year.
On January 18, LEASE chief executive Anthony Essien informed the veteran MP that there would be a decision in “two weeks”.
On February 24 there was still no decision and the matter had passed to LEASE chairman Deep Sagar.
“I have forwarded it to my Chairman who will be responding to you very soon,” Essien wrote to Sir Peter.
Now Essien has finally replied.
“As chief executive of Lease Conferences I have now had the opportunity to consider carefully all the evidence offered by you and others, and by TPM.
“I have concluded that the claim that TPM have not complied with terms and conditions of listing on the Lease Conferences Limited’s professional directory cannot be upheld on the available evidence.
“It is, of course, not for me or LEASE to comment on issues raised in the correspondence that refer to jurisdictions outside our own.
‘I know that this decision will disappoint you and others. However, LEASE and its subsidiary remain faithful to their mandate which includes fairness and have considered this complaint, as all others, comprehensively and with due care.”
Last Friday it was agreed between LKP and officials at the DCLG, at a meeting also attended by Sir Peter Bottomley, to seek a meeting with LEASE.
Sir Peter questioned the purpose of LEASE in a written Commons question last month.
The letter from Anthony Essien to Sir Peter Bottomley can be read here LEASEMire