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
Dear Mr Essien,
It has often been said “when you are in a hole, stop digging”
Will “contributions” from Mr Mire help pay for the JCB Lease are using to dig themselves into an even bigger hole?
Freeing Leasehold properties is not an easy job, Its root has been deepened largely in last 25 years and sadly has fed lots of freeholders by hard workings; who work all their life to buy their home.
… [REDACTED] … I have to stay there has been honest and fully professional people challenging him. I believe this shocking news means we have a long and hard work in front of us. I fully support Sebastian and LKP and those who work for freeing leaseholder with evidence and documents.Only brave people can stand against him.
Fighting for facts is hard and can have devastating short results with long term glory.
Thank you to LKP.
The Leasehold Industry has again shown it contempt for the residents that live in flats with links to professional people.
As Benjamin Mire who is I believe a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) the most highly rated surveyors in The Construction Industry.
Benjamin Mire has I believe, shown a very poor judgment in what he had done and resigned his position on the Property Tribunal.
I have not heard a word from the RICS regarding the Leasehold Industry who seem to keep below the parapet.
We have other professional people that work for Managing Agents. who are similar.
“As Benjamin Mire who is I believe a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) the most highly rated surveyors in The Construction Industry.”
Thank you Chas. I know Mr mire from 1999. His first Letter Head was printed : RICS.( it was colorful) I still have his first letters. At that time I made several complaints to RICS regarding his bad management. In response I was told: “after your court case finished let us know the result of the judgement.”.
Now I realize that he had an extended influence in highly regarded offices.
And when you had the judgement, did you follow it up with the RICS?
Following on from my last reply,
We have tried to get Janet Entwistle to answer questions but instead we have Chris Owens who continues to answer for her.
Askjanetaquestion has proven to be a complete waste of time?
I believe that Chris Owens is the method used to deflect the many complaints that Peverel Retirement receives?
As Chris Owens answers for 13 Peverel Companies, that he heads in the guise of Customer Services.
he must be a very busy man?
We have in the last two weeks receive some of the documentation regarding the Warden Call System that we had updated in 2007/08.
We now know that we were almost surly Price Fixed as seen in the letter I received from the OFT who states that even Peverel Group agree that all developments after late 2006 were Price Fixed.
I have sent evidence to the OFT who have answered stating that the investigation is closed and they will not correspond unless I provide further evidence that does not include
Cirrus/Peverel Group/Glyn Jackson during the period of 2005/2009.
As we were Price Fixed in 2007/08 the OFT has stated they will not respond to any of my emails?
They have now changed their name and no longer exists.
THEY WILL BE NOW KNOWN AS THE OFFICE OF FUNDAMENTAL TREACHERY.
I noted in their reply to me that the word Cartel was mentioned on many occasion’s after the investigation which they failed to mention whilst it was being carried out.
I believe a Judicial Review is needed into what happened and why after 4 years of investigation they looked no further than information give to them by the very same people who were for 4 years robbing elderly residents and cheating leaseholders when they were paid to:
MANAGE AND PROTECT US RESIDENT PENSIONERS.
I know it is sad but I didn’t expect LEASE to do anything else……. This just confirms all out thoughts – that money talks…
From “name withheld”
When I read your article on Benjamin Mire I could have cried, so please was I to see his name under the spotlight. … Smart, normally intelligent people with responsible jobs, almost feel like they need to email Trust to put the rubbish out .
I went to see a fortune teller the other day who told me she thinks more information on this subject will emerge in the not too distant future and some people who have chosen not to act could well end up having a lot of egg on their face(s).