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LKP quits FoPRA as it appoints Roger Southam an ‘esteemed honorary consultant’ – after re-surfacing from the Cayman Islands

By Sebastian O'Kelly on Sep 19, 2021 05:34 pm
LKP quits FoPRA as it appoints Roger Southam  an ‘esteemed honorary consultant’ – after re-surfacing from the Cayman Islands

LKP has ceased all connection with the Federation of Private Residents Associations after it announced that it had appointed controversial ex-chair of LEASE Roger Southam as an “esteemed honorary consultant”.

Mr Southam, a leasehold managing agent, was encouraged to retire as chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service after concerns were raised in the Commons by both Sir Peter Bottomley and Justin Madders, who are also both patrons of LKP.

He resigned suddenly as chair of the quango without explanation in April 2018, and he appeared to have relocated to the Cayman Islands.

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Sun shines on the leaseholders’ demo at Parliament: after Jenrick, is this a new dawn?

By Sebastian O'Kelly on Sep 17, 2021 01:45 pm
Sun shines on the leaseholders’ demo at Parliament: after Jenrick, is this a new dawn?

All photos, with many thanks: Marcus Perkins marcusperkins.co.uk

Leaseholders Together Rally: 16 September 2021. The leaseholders get ready to for the start, with Father of the House and LKP patron Sir Peter Bottomley (centre), flanked by fellow MPs Rebecca Long Bailey, Baroness Kath Pinnock – behind whom (obscured) is Tory cladding maverick Stephen McPartland, Marie Rimmer, Daisy Cooper, Rt Rev Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans and others,

Sir Peter Bottomley, Rebecca Long Bailey MP and Baroness Kath Pinnock – who has been so effective on building safety unfairnesses in the Lords – share a light-hearted moment before the kick-off

Around 3,000 leaseholders attended the Leaseholders’ Together rally in Parliament Square yesterday

The sun shone brightly yesterday as 3,000 leaseholders converged on Parliament Square for a rally in protest at leasehold rip-offs and the appalling unfairness of the building safety scandal.

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CMA forces Countryside Properties plc to strike out doubling ground rents: it was selling them as late as May 2017!

By Sebastian O'Kelly on Sep 15, 2021 10:42 am
CMA forces Countryside Properties plc to strike out doubling ground rents: it was selling them as late as May 2017!

The Competition and Markets Authority has today forced Countryside Properties plc to strike out doubling ground rent terms even in leases where it has flogged on the freehold.

This means that ground rents designed to double every 10 or 15 years will no longer increase and will remain at the amount charged when cheated customers first bought their homes.

Countryside Properties plc was one of the most enthusiastic developers deploying doubling ground rents and were selling them at their north London The Mount scheme as late as May 2017 – long after Taylor Wimpey and other players had dumped them.

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