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Press reports how freehold doubled in price to £15,900 after being sold to Landmark Investments

By admin on Jun 07, 2019 10:21 am

The wider media have taken up the story of the Elan Homes leaseholder whose freehold doubled in price to £15,900 four months after being sold to ground rent speculators Landmark Investments Ian Rice’s case was reported by LKP on April 18, but this week it appeared in both the Liverpool Echo and the Mirror. Freehold […]

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Lord Best: You wanted to hear what homeowners think about property management, so here is 22,000 words!

By admin on Jun 06, 2019 05:12 pm

Lord Richard Best is investigating property management, leasehold and fleecehold, in a very broad inquiry which includes letting agents. Here are a few – 22,000 words – of the responses that have been passed to us – yesterday! They make ideal beside reading for anyone interested in improving the lot of leaseholders – and fleecehold […]

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New Capital Quay leaseholders to sue Galliard over Grenfell cladding

By Admin2 on Jun 06, 2019 02:01 pm

This is the first site in England to begin legal action against its landlord and developer The action taken by the leaseholders is against Galliard Homes Ltd and the site’s landord Roamquest Ltd a firm owned in Galliard Holdings Ltd and NCQ Development Ltd which in turn is owned by Galliard Homes Ltd The leaseholders […]

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Peterborough by-election Brexit Party candidate was director of E&J Ground Rents

By admin on Jun 05, 2019 10:12 am

Mike Greene, the Brexit Party’s candidate who is expected to win the Peterborough byelection tomorrow is a former director of E&J Ground Rents. This means he was a former business partner of Winchester-based James Tuttiett, who has turned E&J Capital Partners into one of the biggest players in the residential freehold game. Mr Greene’s former […]

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Leasehold and commonhold APPG now has 167 members

By Admin2 on Jun 04, 2019 10:00 am

Current number of members 167 + 11 friends Listed below are the members of the All Party Parliamentary Group looking into Leasehold and Commonhold reform in the new parliament. The list is updated as new members join and will be updated on this page throughout the parliament. Any member of parliament in the Commons or […]

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‘Fleecehold’ property trap returns to parliamentary agenda with new private member’s bill

By Admin3 on Jun 01, 2019 08:46 pm

By Harry Scoffin On Wednesday, Parliament will hear a private member’s bill designed to force management companies of housing estates to provide transparency around unregulated ‘fleecehold’ charges. Preet Kaur Gill, Labour MP for Edgbaston and shadow minister for international development, will make the case for her Freehold Properties (Management Charges) Bill immediately after prime minister’s […]

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LKP wins representation on Mayor of London’s new housing policy panel

By Admin2 on May 31, 2019 02:13 pm

LKP is pleased to have been invited to join 14 other organisations from across London’s voluntary and community sectors as part of the new London Housing Panel and help to shape the Mayor of London’s housing policies. The London Housing Panel has been established jointly between Trust for London and the Mayor of London. The […]

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Justin Madders MP endorses the National Leasehold Campaign trio for prestigious Women In Housing Awards

By Admin3 on May 28, 2019 06:58 pm

By Harry Scoffin The National Leasehold Campaign has received a boost with today’s news that Justin Madders MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform, has recommended that its three leaders be recognised at the upcoming Women In Housing Awards. Organised by Inside Housing, the ceremony will be held at Emirates […]

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Videos on LKP YouTube channel

By admin on May 28, 2019 08:34 am

As parliament is in recess this week, and things go temporarily quiet on the leasehold front, we thought now would be a good time to highlight some of the videos we have been circulating across our social media platforms in recent months. It is important to acknowledge how far the political and ideological mood has […]

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Better late than never for the CMA?

By Admin3 on May 21, 2019 03:40 pm

By Harry Scoffin Six months on from rejecting calls to investigate controversial leasehold contracts, the Competition and Markets Authority has had a change of heart, launching on Thursday an inquiry into leasehold mis-selling. LKP appealed to the CMA to make this decision back in 2017. The pro-consumer body is expected to look into whether certain […]

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Government will cave in to retirement house builders over ground rents, says Times

By admin on May 11, 2019 07:24 pm

What does this say about setting new ones to zero? The government is poised to exclude retirement house builders from the much delayed ban on ground rents. Headed by leading retirement builder McCarthy and Stone and Churchill Retirement (which is privately owned by the McCarthy family), retirement house builders have been lobbying hard for an […]

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Tory maverick MP Crispin Blunt is urged to back Help To Buy ONLY on commonhold

By Admin3 on May 10, 2019 05:47 pm

By Harry Scoffin Conservative MP Crispin Blunt is being urged to throw his weight behind an LKP-backed proposal to make state support for developers contingent on selling ALL new-build flats as commonhold or share of freehold. The appeal to a Tory backbencher who has characterised leasehold tenure as an “arcane feudal system” may have resonance […]

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Brokenshire announces £200m Grenfell cladding removal fund – hours after APPG meeting of leaseholders

By admin on May 09, 2019 07:49 am

UPDATING … A £200 million fund to remove Grenfell cladding from private blocks was announced this morning by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire on the BBCR4 Today programme. It can be heard at 07.10 here This action has been long predicted by LKP, believing that ministers’ appeals to freeholders and developers to “do the decent thing” […]

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Here’s the National Leasehold Campaign pledge, after the government panders to the sector over its PR piffle emitted last month

By admin on May 07, 2019 05:05 pm

As its petition to abolish leaseholds in the UK reaches over 26,000, the National Leasehold Campaign (NLC) today unveiled its Mayday Pledge to bring justice for the more than six million Brits trapped in what is widely tipped to be the next mis-selling scandal. The not-for-profit organisation has devised different pledges for developers, freeholders and […]

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Bob Blackman gets Theresa May to commit to ‘peppercorn’ ground rents

By Admin3 on May 07, 2019 04:43 pm

By Harry Scoffin One of the best aspects of the Communities Select Committee’s excellent report into the broken leasehold system, was that Conservative MPs ended up as vehemently opposed to it as Labour ones. Last month Bob Blackman, Tory MP for Harrow East, secured another mini victory at Prime Minister’s Questions. Theresa May committed to […]

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