LKP is involved in a lot of work which does not always warrant an article on the web site.
The most important matter from LKP’s prospective was our final approval by the charities commission to become a registered charity. Over a 10-month period the Commission had reviewed our work to understand that everything falls within the relevant charity legislation.
The commission has accepted we can continue to highlight the problems in the sector on the web site and well as providing information about leasehold matters. We can continue with the LKP accreditation system for those managing agents willing to commit to certain ethical standards. We can continue to campaign for improvements in the legislation. We can continue to help those facing difficulties on leasehold matters.
For the sector our most important events were the fourth and fifth round table round table meetings in Parliament which we help to organise and chair. These events now attract senior representatives for different parts of the sector along with government officials, lawyers and the MPs and Lords themselves – and of course leaseholders.
- We have met with DCLG officials on a number of occasions and work with them to consider a range of leasehold issues ranging from the retirement sector to the recognition of tenants associations.
- We have visited Number Ten twice this year with Sir Peter Bottomley to raise the issue of Commonhold and the need to remove some of the injustices in the leasehold sector.
- We have attend the LEASE stakeholder meetings and the inaugural Property Tribunal user group meeting.
- In June we met with Housing Minister Brandon Lewis with MPs Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick
- We continue to work with ARMA the British Property Federation, Council of Mortgage Lenders and others on flood insurance after government decided to exclude almost all leasehold portieres from the safety net flood insurance scheme being introduced for freehold homes under the Water Bill.
- We are attending the s20 review meetings which have come out of the CMA report on leasehold management.
- We have been worked with LEASE and others including the Law Society FPRA, RICS and others on a pre purchase document to anyone planning to buy a leasehold property.
- We have also held meetings with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) to raise or concerns over the lack of oversight of leasehold building insurance and regulation of those providing series to the leasehold sector. We have also raised the fact that they have no oversight of the control of leaseholder’s money.
- We have met with RICS to talk about their regulation role.
- Last week we attended an FPRA meeting on the legal issues facing leasehold properties and the obligations to reduce carbon consumption.