The Mail on Sunday has today devoted more than a page of editorial to leasehold issues.
The article bluntly outlines the abuses faced by leaseholders at the hand of monetising freeholders and the property managers, surveyors and lawyers who serve them.
The article is illustrated with a photo of Emma Reynolds, MP, the Labour shadow housing minister, who is showing an interest in leasehold issues.
Jim Fitzpatrick, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse in London’s Docklands, is convinced that this is an issue the party should be highlighting.
Fitzpatrick has some of the richest and poorest leaseholders in the country, and has spoken up for beleaguered leaseholders at the ritzy West India Quay.
They faced a legal onslaught last month in the First Tier Tribunal – headed by a QC – for asking for a recognised residents’ association.
Fitzpatrick recognises that ordinary people are being ripped off for thousands of pounds by freeholders who play the system and work round the protections of leasehold law.
As well as reporting LKP, it mentions the interventions of LibDem peer Baroness Maddock, who repeatedly speaks out on leasehold issues. She wants the question of commonhold to be revisited.
Last week, LKP / Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation met with officials at the Competition and Markets Authority with Sir Peter Bottomley.
The organisations – which are alone in reporting the problems of leasehold – will be providing a substantive submission.
LKP / Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation warmly congratulates Jeff Prestridge for his journalism, and for giving these important issues their due