Back in 2006 the Law Commission recommended the total removal of leasehold forfeiture, but the government and its officials have done nothing about it. Instead, they argue that it is a very minor issue. So minor, in fact, that last year when the then shadow communities secretary Emma Reynolds asked in a parliamentary question how […]
… and forfeiture needs changing, too Housing minister Brandon Lewis is facing trouble over his Housing Bill with Sir Peter Bottomley today telling the commons: “The Bill totally misses out the necessary changes to leasehold and commonhold. “Some years ago, the House passed a Bill to allow commonhold to come in. It has defects and […]
… the debt-chasing solicitors correspond with a buy-to-let investor who is barred from renting out his flat LKP is not going to spend too much time on well resourced buy to let investors getting into a jam that their lawyers should have prevented, but this one is curious. The purchasers bought a flat in Thornton […]
As LKP issues its all-party election manifesto, the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis this week recognised our work in completely revising official figures concerning leasehold properties. “I understand that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has worked closely with my officials to enable the publication of more accurate data on the number of residential dwellings in England subject […]
Sir Peter Bottomley made another strong speech over leasehold issues today at the Chartered Institute of Housing meeting in Crawley. It was titled “Less legal torture and more happiness in leasehold”. “All cases of forfeiture should be reported to the Master of the Rolls, who heads the civil courts,” said the MP, who along with […]
A woman in east London had her £165,000 flat forfeited over what began as £290 owed in ground rents. The property had no mortgage, so the massive financial loss is entirely borne by her.
March 17 2014: Sebastian O’Kelly, Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation chairman and director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, last night won a press award for his campaigning journalism over leasehold for the second year running. O’Kelly won the “Scoop of the Year” category for his report into the scandalous forfeiture of the £800,000 flat belonging to […]
Sebastian O’Kelly, Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation chairman and director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, last night won a press award for his coverage of leasehold for the second year running. O’Kelly won the “Scoop of the Year” category for his report into the scandalous forfeiture of the £800,000 flat belonging to Dennis Jackson, at […]
The issues in this case – and others concerning local authority leasehold – will be debated tomorrow morning on BBC Five Live with Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, and Sebastian O’Kelly, of LKP, at 11.30am, Sunday January 12 A disastrous act of defiance in refusing to pay her share of a council’s major works scheme has […]
The issues in this case – and others concerning local authority leasehold – will be debated tomorrow morning on BBC Five Live with Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, and Sebastian O’Kelly, of LKP, at 11.30am, Sunday January 12 A disastrous act of defiance in refusing to pay her share of a council’s major works scheme […]
The case of Dennis Jackson, 74, who came within a hair’s breadth of losing his Battersea flat at Plantation Wharf in a forfeiture action earlier this year, featured in the Sunday Times on November 24. The case is still on-going as Jackson is trying to sell his flat, on the market for £800,000, to pay […]
… in a speech that ALL leaseholders have been waiting to hear Sir Peter Bottomley made the speech all leaseholder victims of the system were waiting for when he condemned the current practices in the flawed sector. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Federation of Private Residents’ Associations – which LKP urges all […]
DCLG Secretary Eric Pickles has stepped in to protect leasehold owners from staggering repair costs where local authorities are the freeholder. Full details here If central government money is being spent on improving local authority housing stock then leaseholders should not have to pay more than £10,000 … or, £15,000 in London. But it […]
LEASE is also under attack for failing to address the issue of leasehold forfeiture. LEASE happily tells freehold owners how to forfeit a lease, but does not tell leaseholders how to preserve their home. Nigel Wilkins, of the Campaign Against Residential Leasehold, who has been urging that forfeiture be ended, has written to LEASE chief […]
COMMENT by Sebastian O’Kelly Two days ago (February 26 2013) when the barrister Alexander Bastin successfully asked the judge at Wandsworth County Court to throw me out of his court – citing the Human Rights Act – the whole sorry saga of Dennis Jackson (above) and Plantation Wharf reached a new low-point … although […]
Leasehold Knowledge Partnership’s coverage of the forfeiture of £800,000 flat of Dennis Jackson, 73, at Plantation Wharf is being followed up by the rest of the media. The Oldie has now covered the story, following items in Private Eye and the Mail. On Sunday a TV film crew did interviews, of which more later.