Film-maker and leasehold owner Renuka Wickramaratne has made a YouTube video on leasehold abuses.
She deserves huge praise for having made the video, which features issues in her own block of four flats in Chelsea which was written about on LKP here
It also features interviews with Sebastian O’Kelly, of LKP, and leaseholder Dennis Jackson, who had his Battersea £800,000 flat forfeited on January 30 this year … and managed to retrieve it after successfully asking Wandsworth County Court to lift the forfeiture.
The flats across the Thames in the video show Plantation Wharf, where Jackson has his home.
Disgracefully, both Sebastian O’Kelly, who was objected to as “press”, and Martin Boyd, also of LKP, who was advising Jackson, were ordered out of the court by the judge after a mischievous objection by the freeholder’s barrister Alexander Bastin. This scandalous story can be read here
This meant that Dennis Jackson was yet again completely alone in a court and the decision of whether or not to take from him everything he has was taken in a closed court.
This appalling state of affairs is the subject of parliamentary and judicial complaint, and with civil rights organisations and the media.
Leasehold forfeiture is an appalling feudal relic – not to be confused with simple repossession (you lose the lot) – that has no place in a modern society.
LKP thanks Renuka and all her team for producing the film.