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Government announces regulator to protect leaseholders and their £4 billion in service charges

By admin on Apr 01, 2018 03:17 pm

The government has chosen Easter Day – also April Fool’s Day – to announce a regulator for the leasehold sector and other major changes. New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners Independent regulator and code of practice for letting and managing agents Easier way to help leaseholders challenge unfair fees and […]

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National Leasehold Campaign tells Roger Southam to resign from LEASE

By admin on Apr 01, 2018 01:37 pm

The National Leasehold Campaign Facebook group today urged Roger Southam to resign as chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service citing conflicts of interest. The call echoes LKP when it declared no confidence in Mr Southam at a meeting of stakeholders in the leasehold sector at the DCLG where he was present in April 2017. Both […]

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Chronology 2017

By admin on Mar 31, 2018 06:50 pm

January 1 2017 Taylor Wimpey will stop selling leasehold houses nationwide after LKP exposes scandal of leasehold houses with doubling ground rents. Taylor Wimpey abandons the leasehold houses racket from January 1 January 6 First-time buyer Clair Scott pulls out of BBC radio interview with Sebastian O’Kelly after defamation threat from her conveyancing solicitors, Bannister […]

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Housebuilders ground rent scandal compo schemes ‘must go further and faster’, says housing minister

By admin on Mar 30, 2018 05:51 pm

… And they should include homeowners trapped in re-sales, too Housing minister Heather Wheeler has declared that housebuilders schemes to the doubling ground rent scandal – which has made 100,000 properties unsellable – “must go further and faster”. Buyers of second hand properties need to be included, and the housebuilders’ ex-customers need to be “proactively […]

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Oxford Council leaseholders have repair bills slashed from £50,000 to under £4,000

By admin on Mar 28, 2018 05:41 pm

Oxford Council leaseholders who were each facing bills of £50,000 each have seen the bills slashed today – to just under £4,000. A judge ruled today that the eye-watering bills were “unreasonable”. The council had tried to pass off major refurbishment to five tower blocks as repairs, which would have been paid by the leaseholders. […]

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Leaseholders are apathetic, apart from the Dad’s Army figures running RTMs and RMCs, says the sector

By admin on Mar 28, 2018 11:41 am

… But shouldn’t the paid professionals be more than Air Warden Hodges? There can be few industries where it would be felt appropriate to hold a private meeting to consider customer apathy. There can be fewer still that would seek to blame the consumer for that apathy. Yet this is exactly what we face today. […]

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RICS fines Warwick Estates £20,000 over lift shaft fatality – after ARMA ‘blocked its regulator from hearing the case’

By admin on Mar 27, 2018 12:14 pm

– Warwick Estates retaliates by resigning from RICS – It is unacceptable that ARMA ignores this issue – Case underlines need for statutory regulation By Sebastian O’Kelly, LKP trustee Property management company Warwick Estates was fined £20,000 last month in a disciplinary hearing of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – on top of […]

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National Trust abandons ground rent rises of up to £8,000 a year for its rural leaseholders

By admin on Mar 26, 2018 08:03 pm

The National Trust has abandoned today its attempt to rack up ground rents for leaseholders who faced massive hikes owing to what the Trust’s property managers termed “modern ground rents”. Around 300 National Trust leaseholders – who bought long-term tenancies to often dilapidated estate houses, many of no particular historic worth – faced the increased […]

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