Sir Peter Bottomley, Father of the House and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold and commonhold reform, has waded into the controversies surrounding Richard Davidoff and his property firm ABC Estates.
In an Early Day Motion, he has called “on the Government to listen to the former employees of Mr Davidoff raising whistleblowing details of his business practices”.
Sir Peter has advanced the motion:
“That this House questions whether the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has effective power to investigate the actions and conduct of the court appointed property manager Richard Davidoff; recognises the need for urgent action to implement statutory regulation of the leasehold property management sector outlined in Regulation of Property Agents: working group report, chaired by Lord Best, published on 18 July 2019; seeks an effective Government response to the recommendations; and calls on the Government to listen to the former employees of Mr Davidoff raising whistleblowing details of his business practices.”
LKP has been informed that two former employees are entangled in alleged defamation issues.
After complaints were raised to the property tribunal about Richard Davidoff, one of its own court-appointed managers, chamber president Siobhan McGrath has confirmed – “as far as I can ascertain from the tribunal records” – that he still has two other section 24 court appointments.
This means that Mr Davidoff is still in position at two other sites in spite of a property tribunal ruling in August that he had failed in his fiduciary duties, was not a “satisfactory witness”, was arrogant and dismissive of the leaseholders and had proposed to entrust some major works to a company whose sole director was the wife of the head of block management at Mr Davidoff’s own ABC Estates.