UPDATE 11/12/17: This article has been updated with comments from the former and current owner of the management company (below). Taylor Wimpey customers at its Surbiton Plaza II site have been landed with an embedded management company in one of the sector’s Roger-Southam-style deals. And the leaseholders have also been shafted by Taylor Wimpey with […]
… and if ARMA’s Twitter feed is to be believed, two-thirds of the membership has dropped out At least of a fifth of the membership of ARMA has ditched the trade association that on January 1 brought in more rigorous membership criteria. This is the figure reported by ARMA insiders, although many think the […]
A leaseholder in north London today has written to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis saying that the appointment of Roger Southam as chairman of LEASE creates a “serious conflict of interest”. Agnes Kory, who copied her email in to MPs Glenda Jackson MP and Sir Peter Bottomley, as well as the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, lives at […]
Staff working overtime to process applications “to take our members on a journey …” LKP has received a statement at 11.14am today from ARMA addressing its peculiar manner of announcing the membership of ARMA-Q. Previously, we were informed that any company that had not applied to the more rigorous ARMA-Q regime by January 1 was […]
Countrywide Estate Management, second only to Peverel / FirstPort in terms of size, did not apply to join ARMA-Q before the January 1 deadline and is therefore no longer a member of the trade body. ARMA itself had repeatedly declined to clarify the status of Countrywide, which last month was dumped by Bovis Homes at […]
In piecemeal fashion, ARMA is announcing companies that have signed-up to the new regulatory regime ARMA-Q on Twitter. These are the new criteria for membership of the trade body. The decision marks an abrupt reversal of a decision last week by Michelle Banks, the CEO, to announce the accredited companies in February once all applications […]
Gateway Property Management has taken over the Swindon sites of Bovis Homes after Countrywide was given its marching orders last month. Owing to the intervention of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, Bovis Homes finally lost patience with Countrywide and dumped it at all sites across the country.
Has Peverel / FirstPort made the cut to join ARMA’s ethically enhanced membership scheme? Or Countrywide? We won’t know until next month, unless the companies themselves indicate that they are accredited – as is the case with the LKP member HML Holdings plc.
… and Countrywide executive appointed to the board (which means there is still no representative of leaseholders) The colourful property manager Roger Southam, of Chainbow, is today announced as the new chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Mr Southam, a chartered surveyor, founded Chainbow but sold out most, perhaps all, its residential management contracts to Trinity in […]
Swindon leaseholder Andy Webb, who lives in Bovis-built site The Oaks, complained to Countrywide Estate Management about the delays in handing over control of the residents’ management company. He wished to attend an AGM and put himself forward as a director, and the complaint was “escalated” in July to Elaine M Evans, Countrywide’s “compliance & complaints […]
– Property management company accused of stalling hand-over of residents’ management companies – Bovis Homes is ejecting Countrywide from Swindon sites and is not appointing it at future ones – And … Countrywide declines to confirm whether it is applying to join ARMA-Q Justin Tomlinson (left), Conservative MP for North Swindon, has accused Countrywide of […]
The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership exists to protect ordinary leaseholders from being fleeced by landlords and their agents. They exploit the many opportunities offered by this flawed form of property tenure. The LKP seeks to identify and accredit property managing agents who sign up to open accounting and straight dealing. They charge a clear fee for property […]
… and are coming back again for £40,000 more Andy Burton in front of Market Square, Wolverhampton More than 100 residents at Wolverhampton city centre’s premier housing development were today(mon) celebrating victory in a battle with the landlord over a £16,000 repair bill – and are now planning to go back into action over a […]
What picture emerges from LKP’s tour this week of East Anglia? Apart from Cambridge, leasehold property ownership more resembles the North West than the affluent South East. In Norwich, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, most leasehold flats are owned by buy-to-let investors – and so far they have proved pretty wretched investments, down 40-50 per […]