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Leaseholder and judge Suki Johal wins war over her patio that has cost £250,000

By admin on May 07, 2019 02:54 pm

Suki Johal, a deputy district judge, has won a three-year battle over her potted plants, hanging baskets and paving on the patio of her £1.5 million flat in Wimbledon, south west London. The landlord, a leaseholders’ controlled residents management company, argued that Suki Johal, 51, was in breach of lease for the patio and had […]

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Steve Norris, of Soho Estates, has skin in the game when he opposes commonhold

By admin on May 02, 2019 03:50 pm

Former Tory minister Steve Norris has attacked the Communities Select Committee for calling for the adoption of commonhold tenure. Less obvious is that the former Tory minister – who was replaced as the party’s mayoral candidate by Boris Johnson – is a property sector insider who chairs Soho Estates. Steve Norris: Commonhold? Here’s a better […]

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Paddington Walk leaseholders have paid £3.5m to remove Grenfell cladding, with more to come …

By admin on May 02, 2019 11:16 am

Leaseholders at Paddington Walk have paid out £3.5 million to remove Grenfell cladding from the site, even though ministers have said leaseholders should not pay. An additional bit of £5.4 million is on the way, according to Inside Housing. The site was built in 2005 by European Land and Property, a joint venture development company […]

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Leasehold debate on BBCR2 Jeremy Vine Show

By admin on May 02, 2019 09:19 am

The scandal of house builders dumping their clients in leasehold houses was aired on the BBCR2 Jeremy Vine Show on Tuesday. These leases are designed to produce high income streams at the expense of ordinary home owners and are then the freeholds are flogged to speculators. Routinely, these hide their beneficial ownership behind nominee directors […]

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Campaign to get government to help fund Grenfell cladding removal

By Admin2 on Apr 26, 2019 09:14 am

Today sees the launch of a campaign calling on the government to help fund the recladding of the private blocks impacted by ACM cladding led by InsideHousing in support of the UK Cladding Action Group (UKCAG). LKP is proud to help support this campaign along with many other groups and MPs including leasehold and commonhold […]

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Freeholders’ ‘cowboy’ insurance commissions at leaseholders’ expense attacked in The Times

By admin on Apr 24, 2019 05:43 pm

But the fiddling will go on for as long as leaseholders are not a party to the insurance contract that they are obliged under the lease to pay for The issue of freeholders and managing agents fiddling insurance commissions at leaseholders’ expense was raised in the Times earlier this month. Sir Peter, 74, said that […]

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Estate Agent Today supports LKP’s campaign to introduce commonhold

By admin on Apr 24, 2019 04:23 pm

The trade news website Estate Agent Today has come out in favour of LKP’s campaign to introduce commonhold. It is the latest endorsement of a campaign to reinvigorate commonhold, which has been on the statute book since 2002 but has not had take up because developers and assorted speculators make so much money playing the […]

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RBS kicks leaseholders facing forfeiture when they are down, LKP tells FT

By admin on Apr 24, 2019 12:40 pm

LKP has accused the taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland of “kicking leaseholders when they are down” in the Financial Times. The issue concerns leaseholders facing forfeiture. This is usually avoided when lenders – whose mortgage is at risk on leases that face forfeiture – step in to settle the debt. RBS censured for tough stance […]

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Hurray! Clarion leaseholders fight £32,000 major works bills

By admin on Apr 24, 2019 11:01 am

Here we go again: leaseholders hit with huge repair bills, this time from Clarion Housing Group. Unusually, this time they are fighting back, getting organised (at least 18 off them) and deploying solicitors Hodge Jones & Allen. LKP gets about three inquiries a week about major works demands from social landlords. Leaseholders should not simply […]

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BBCR4 You and Yours full programme dedicated to leasehold

By admin on Apr 18, 2019 03:50 pm

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Freehold for Elan Homes leasehold house doubles in price to £15,900 four months after being sold to Landmark Investments

By admin on Apr 18, 2019 11:55 am

But … Landmark Investments claims it has saved leaseholders over £1m by telling them they do not need to engage their own legal advisers in dealing with freehold purchases It tells MP that its practices have made enfranchisement ‘cheaper’, ‘quicker’ and ‘easier’. LKP are ‘pathological liars’ over leasehold abuses, says Landmark’s Mark Hawthornthwaite It is […]

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£146,257 – the highest major works bill ever?

By Admin2 on Apr 09, 2019 06:11 pm

Leaseholders at Tustin Estate run by Southwark Council have had an estimated major works bill at a staggering £146,257.22p for a two bedroom flat. This may well be the highest bills ever to have been sent out in the social sector. If anyone has seen a larger bill per flat for a social sector major […]

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