Sir Peter Bottomley, Father of the House and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold and commonhold reform, has waded into the controversies surrounding Richard Davidoff and his property firm ABC Estates.
In an Early Day Motion, he has called “on the Government to listen to the former employees of Mr Davidoff raising whistleblowing details of his business practices”.
Sir Peter has advanced the motion:
“That this House questions whether the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has effective power to investigate the actions and conduct of the court appointed property manager Richard Davidoff; recognises the need for urgent action to implement statutory regulation of the leasehold property management sector outlined in Regulation of Property Agents: working group report, chaired by Lord Best, published on 18 July 2019; seeks an effective Government response to the recommendations; and calls on the Government to listen to the former employees of Mr Davidoff raising whistleblowing details of his business practices.”
LKP has been informed that two former employees are entangled in alleged defamation issues. Others have also contacted the veteran MP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this week Siobhan McGrath, the chamber president of the property tribunal, informed LKP that – “as far as I can ascertain from the Tribunal records” – there were two other blocks where Mr Davidoff is appointed as an officer of her court.
Additionally, she told leaseholders who had raised concerns that she could not “comment on Tribunal determinations or the reasoning given for any decision. Nor do I have power to conduct an inquiry into the conduct of Mr Davidoff in respect of any other property where he been appointed as a manager”.
The EDM can be read here: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/59161
Sir Peter’s intervention follows two recent property tribunal decisions involving Mr Davidoff, both as a section 24 court-appointed managing agent and a right to manage application against a nominally residents’ management company of which Mr Davidoff was the sole director, and at which his own company ABC Estates was the block manager.
In addition, the Association of Residential Managing Agents expelled Mr Davidoff’s ABC Block Management Limited as a member on 4 November 2021.