… because they can examine the books
A recognised tenants’ association has one significant power: it can call in an auditor to examine the accounts.
The government uses the word “tenants”, rather than leasehold owners or residents, because under the law a leaseholder is a tenant. Inevitably, this will cause some confusion government also uses the term tenant to refer to those renting in both the private and social sectors.
Details of the full consultation can be found here.
We would urge as many leaseholders managing agent’s and even landlords to respond to the consultation which ends on the 22nd May.
The consultation follows on from work that has been done by LKP and others over the last five years. A formal submission was made to Eric Pickles, Secrertary of State at DCLG, on November 2013 asking for this review.
Pickles then replied to Sir Peter Bottomley MP on december 3 2013
The housing minister formally agreed to go forward with a consultation last year.
Our draft proposals to Pickles were supported by the British Property Federation, Which?, Centre Forum, AgeUK, the London Assembly, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Ed Davey MP, Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Baroness Gardner.
Barrister Amanda Gourlay, of Tanfield Chambers, had kindly helped draft the relevant wording.
LKP had previously engaged positively with Housing Minister Mark Prisk.
Many of you also attempted to engage with Grant Shapps in 2010.
Shapps’s standard answer to almost everything was to assert that the existing systems provided sufficient “balance”.
How things have changed. Now officials accept leasehold is a much larger part of the housing market, does have some fundamental problems and must improve in the future.
Please do respond to the consultation and please make sure officials are made aware of the problems you may have faced with the various strategies some landlords and managing agents use to prevent or delay formal recognition.
The proposals of LKP are here LKPproposals
The minister’s reply to Sir Peter Bottomley is here ReplytoBottomley