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Mail and Telegraph pile on the misery for Persimmon’s Jeffrey Fairburn (Good, says LKP, he deserves it)

By admin on Feb 04, 2018 07:01 pm

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Owners of leasehold properties have demanded that Jeffrey Fairburn, the CEO of Persimmon homes who is in line for a an absurd £130 million bonus, have told him to use it instead to sort out the mess his company has created. Katie Kendrick, founder of the National Leasehold Campaign, said the Persimmon bonus scheme, which […]

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APPG to protect park home owners has as secretariat the site owners’ own trade body!

By admin on Feb 04, 2018 06:33 pm

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Pensioners in park homes are demanding that MPs dump the British Holiday and Home Parks Association trade body be dumped as secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group that was set up to protect residents. The British Holiday and Home Parks Association is the organisation of the site owners! The APPG on park homes is […]

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Hilary Benn rounds on Miller Homes in Leeds constituency

By admin on Feb 03, 2018 01:22 pm

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This is from Hilary Benn “MP Notebook” published by the South Leeds Life newspaper website: MP’s notebook: Problems of deregulation – South Leeds Life I’ve been dealing with two problems recently where local residents have been on the receiving end of sharp business practice with distressing consequences. The first involves constituents who purchased leasehold properties […]

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‘Our David Wilson Homes leasehold house means we don’t own it, or the land, pay ground rent and consent fees to anonymous speculators in freeholds, often based offshore,’ Cheshire woman tells local paper

By admin on Feb 03, 2018 01:02 pm

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There is probably no better insight into the effectiveness of the #leaseholdscandal campaign than today’s article about David Wilson Homes Winnington Village in the Northwich Guardian. It features an interview with Emily Martin, a first-time buyer in her 20s or early 30s – people’s ages used to be essential info for local reporters – and […]

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FirstPort Retirement is allowed into ARMA

By admin on Feb 02, 2018 07:52 pm

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The controversial FirstPort Retirement managing agent has been admitted into the Association of Residential Managing Agents FirstPort, formerly Peverel, was responsible for systematically cheating pensioners in retirement sites which resulted in an Office of Fair Trading ruling of bid rigging in December 2014. The scandal involved its subsidiary Cirrus competing for expensive electronic door entry […]

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Leasehold Roadshow heads for Leeds on February 27

By admin on Feb 02, 2018 07:31 pm

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The Leasehold Roadshow, which has made several tours of the North West, is heading for Leeds on February 27. The show is an invaluable explanation of the real workings of leasehold – and how to get the better of a system heavily weighted against you. The speaker is Louie Burns, of Leasehold Solutions, who is […]

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Newcastle leasehold house owners stuff attempt by Barratt and Keepmoat to sell their freeholds

By admin on Feb 02, 2018 07:19 pm

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Leasehold house owners in Newcastle have stuffed a plan to flog off their freeholds to speculators by Barratt and Keepmoat – both of who are prominent in the leasehold houses racket. The New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC), a partnership of Newcastle City Council and developers Barratt Homes and Keepmoat, said they stopped the sale of freeholds […]

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Justin Madders delays Leasehold Reform Bill and calls on the Government to provide justice for leaseholders

By admin on Feb 02, 2018 02:57 pm

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Labour MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston, Justin Madders has delayed the second reading of the Leasehold Reform Bill until  October 26 2018.  The Bill seeks to introduce a statutory formula for enfranchisement and lease extension similar to schemes in Northern Ireland and Scotland. It will end the incessant game-playing and revenues from the lease […]

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Leaseholders face £19m to £40m Grenfell cladding bills at Galliard Homes’ New Capital Quay

By admin on Feb 02, 2018 12:45 pm

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The massive 980-flat New Capital Quay, built by Galliard Homes in Greenwich, east London, is the latest – and largest – site to face multi-million bills to remove Grenfell-style cladding. Galliard Homes, which finished building the flats in 2014, still owns the freehold and manages the site. But it is declining responsibility to remove the […]

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Sonia McColl appeal raises £13,000

By admin on Feb 01, 2018 11:36 am

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LKP would like to express much gratitude to all those who contributed to the appeal for Sonia McColl OBE, the park home campaigner whose mobile home was stolen in mysterious circumstances before Christmas. Sonia, who has dedicated an immense amount of time and effort to others, is now homeless, and the Devon police have got […]

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Fresh building is to pay £100,000 for fire marshals … with more Grenfell bills to come

By admin on Feb 01, 2018 10:26 am

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The 120 leaseholders at the Fresh building in Salford have been ordered to pay the £100,000 fire warden bill after Grenfell cladding was found at the site. The decision last week comes before a similar concerning Citiscape, Croydon, scheduled next week, where the freeholder is Vincent Tchenguiz’s so-called Tchenguiz Family Trust, based in the British […]

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Bottomley attacks ‘uncivilised extortion’ of lease extension racket in Mortgage Solutions

By admin on Jan 31, 2018 05:53 pm

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The defeat of the Mundy case is a cue for Parliament to right the injustice of “uncivilised extortion” in the lease extension racket. “It will cost every leaseholder in the country,” Sir Peter told the Mortgage Solutions website. “Whenever a lease needs extending, there’s a potential impact of this judgment in a way which parliament […]

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ARCO snubs McCarthy and Stone / Churchill by saying there is no need for ground rents

By admin on Jan 31, 2018 03:00 pm

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The trade body the Association of Retirement Community Operators announced yesterday that ground rents are “not essential” in retirement housing and it backs the government in ending them. The announcement directly contradicts McCarthy and Stone and Churchill. Both have argued that they need ground rents for the viability of retirement housing projects and without them […]

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National Leasehold Campaign tops 10,000 members on its first anniversary

By admin on Jan 26, 2018 01:17 pm

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The National Leasehold Campaign Facebook group issued the following press release today: The National Leasehold Campaign (NLC) Facebook Group celebrates its first anniversary on 27th January by topping 10,000 members. The NLC offers support, advice and guidance for 4.2 million leaseholders in England and Wales. Katie Kendrick, founder of the campaign said: “I never believed […]

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Leasehold and commonhold APPG now has 139 members

By Admin2 on Jan 24, 2018 06:00 pm

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Current number of members 139 + 8 friends Updates this month: 02/01/18 Hilary Benn MP for Leeds Central joined 02/01/18 Steve McCabe MP for Birminigham, Selly Oak joined 03/01/18 Layla Moran MP for Oxford West joined 03/01/18 Ian Mrears MP for Gateshead joined 08/01/18 Alex Shelbrooke MP for Elmet and Tothwell joined 10/01/18 Mike Amesbury […]

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Court of Appeal turns down Mundy case – unanimously

By admin on Jan 24, 2018 12:59 pm

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The Court of Appeal has ruled against the Mundy case this morning. In a unanimous ruling, the judges have also refused leave to appeal and awarded costs against Mundy, who was challenging the vested interests in leasehold with a statistically robust analysis of the untainted market evidence to value lease extensions and enfranchisement. For leaseholders […]

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Guardian reports misery of leasehold home owners trapped by John Lewis Partnership Pension Trust – and the Mail, Sun, Mirror and Lad Bible (any we have missed?)

By admin on Jan 22, 2018 02:34 pm

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UPDATE: for reasons that are a mystery to LKP, this story has now become widespread: Mail, Mirror, Sun (below). All are copies of the Guardian article, which may itself be from the Cambridge Evening News. It may be a case of the age of national newspaper website journalists which explains why this one took off […]

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Court of Appeal ruling on Mundy case’s ‘inconvenient truth’ expected on Wednesday

By admin on Jan 22, 2018 01:07 pm

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James Wyatt, the chartered surveyor mounting the Mundy case, anticipates a ruling from the Court of Appeal on Wednesday. The case was described as an “inconvenient truth” about leasehold by Edwin Johnson QC at the Court of Appeal last week.   James Wyatt says: “The Parthenia model has been extensively peer reviewed by the top […]

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