On Tuesday a media storm broke over the complacent, arrogant and bullying leasehold sector such as it has never seen before.
In fact, it began on late Monday night with Tweets of the announcement by Sajid Javid that he was to end leasehold houses, looking to reduce new ground rents to “as low as zero” and end abuses in the sector.
The front page of the Times was reproduced … and in the early hours of the following day all hell broke loose.
Both trustees of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership headed up to New Broadcasting Houses, with appearances on Breakfast TV, BBC Five Live, Jeremy Vine show, BBC TV news.
Sir Peter Bottomley handled Sky TV, and Justin Madders MP, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold reform stormed the airwaves in Liverpool.
Then there were newspapers: the Guardian, which was the first newspaper to take up this story on the prompting of LKP, the Times, the Financial Times, the Telegraph and the Mail.
A spate of further articles are expected this weekend, with LKP providing one for the Sunday Times.
Here is a selection of the media coverage (and please send links in comments of ones we have left out:
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Jeremy discusses the Charlie Gard case, leaseholds, road rage and powdered food.
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Victoria gets reaction from some of those who have supported the parents of Charlie Gard.
The announcement by communities secretary Sajid Javid that he is calling time on the outrageous racket of leasehold housing is hugely welcome. Thousands of (mainly young) first-time buyers have bought these dubious products in good faith from housing giants. But they have been royally cheated.
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