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More than 60 leaseholders caught up in the ground rent scandal joined a demonstration organised by the National Leasehold Campaign Facebook group in Manchester yesterday.
The demo staged their protest outside the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Housing, which was to be addressed by new housing minister Alok Sharma.
In fact, Mr Sharma did not attend the event, although local government minister Marcus Jones did, as did prominent housing figures such as Lord Adonis.
Numerous delegates at the conference, primarily attended by housing association employees, stopped and spoke to the demonstrators.
These included Michael Gelling OBE, of the Taroe Trust www.taroetrust.org.uk
The event was organised by Katie Kendrick, a leading figure in the National Leasehold Campaign who addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold reform in April.
Katie is a Bellway customer who bought a house in Ellesmere Port, was told by the developers she could purchase her freehold for around £7,000 only to face demands of £30,000 from the
The demonstration was the third staged so far this year.
The first occurred in Ellesmere Port outside Redrow’s Ledsham Garden Village site of 2,000 leasehold houses in March.
In May it was the turn of Bellway, outside its King’s Hill site, in Bromborough, The Wirral.
Many housebuilders are now backtracking fast on selling houses leasehold after a furious backlash.
The event in Manchester is the first in a city centre.
It was a fantastic day , we received so much support from everyone. Genuinely people we spoke too that attended the conference were appalled at the practices of these developers Well worth another day of being soaked to the skin
You are right. It was very effective and a huge success.
We need one of these in London.
Oh yes. If there is one In london then I will certainly be there with as many of my friends/ associates I can dragoon into supporting me ( They will)
It looked like a good turnout. I am full of admiration for Katie Kendrick who has been warrior like in putting her and others case (s) across the media- with of course the support of the incomparable LKP! Mucho respect.
Great turn out and a great way to be heard. Shame it was too far for me to travel.
Thank you to everyone that attended the demonstration.
We had alot of support from everyone.
People were genuinely shocked at the issues we face.
The atmosphere was electric and motivating. Such a lovely group of people. Can’t wait till the next one
We MUST keep this going. The pressure must be relentless !!!
Amazing Well done guys , bankers never got away with it why should these scummy CEO house builders. These lease’s are dreadful , affect the house price and are practically resellable. Also at a time when there is a shortage of houses and the government is allowing it
When one is stuck in such a nightmarish situation, channeling the high levels if upset into positive energy is not the easiest of tasks.
Thanks to a great bunch of people, who genuinely strive to make this country a better place, I get good vibes in relation to what the future reserves for us.
Huge thanks to Sebastian and the LKP for your huge support. You truly make the difference.
London, here we come!?!
Nice to meet you in Manchester. We would get a big response in London, where flat owners have had a bellyful of this gamesmanship.
We will search for our moment.
Best wishes, Sebastian
Let do it !! Let’s hit London!!!