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The move to commonhold begins

By Admin2 on Feb 22, 2018 12:02 am

Today sees the launch of an 8 week Law Commission’s call for evidence as part of the reform of Commonhold legislation. In much the same way the new Housing Minister has made clear the government is intending to introduce legislation to ensure all new ground rents are set to no more than a peppercorn the […]

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The Paine of Blythe Court continues

By Admin2 on Feb 21, 2018 10:00 am

Martin Paine and his wife Anne Kirmond have spent years as landlord causing distress to the leaseholds at Blythe Court and many other sites. LKP first broke the story of the Panie’s ground rent exploits in January 2016 despite warning letters from solicitors Taylor Emmet LLP. https://www.leaseholdknowledge.com/martin-paine Since this story, we have covered the activities […]

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New Housing Minister hits the ground running

By Admin2 on Feb 20, 2018 02:46 pm

New Housing Minister Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire.  has already been answered two written questions on leasehold housing and her answers could not be clearer. On 30th January Southport MP, Damian Moore, asked: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on bringing forward […]

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(Galliard v NHBC v the Government v Cladding suppliers) v the Leaseholders

By Admin2 on Feb 17, 2018 08:44 pm

This week saw The Times, the Guardian and the BBC reporting on the ‘New Capital Quay’ site in Greenwich.This site is the largest privately owned development in the UK with ACM type cladding. Costs for replacing the cladding are being suggested at £20 million or even £40 million. In an interview for ‘You and Yours’ […]

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FT looks at financial consequence to freehold speculators of #leaseholdscandal

By admin on Feb 09, 2018 08:07 pm

Jennifer Thompson From the FT yesterday … An Englishman’s home is his castle, but it may also be someone else’s pension if it’s a leasehold property. Leasehold is the arrangement by which a homeowner only owns their property for a fixed amount of time with a separate landlord, known as the freeholder, owning it and […]

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Grenfell cladding crisis prompts the question: what are freeholders actually for?

By admin on Feb 09, 2018 07:54 pm

Taxpayers will have to intervene over cladding, by issuing loans, to prevent hundreds of leaseholders losing their homes. But the crisis shows the pointlessness of current leasehold landlordism. What do they actually do, apart from having all the power over ordinary people’s homes and raising revenue for themselves? The Grenfell cladding crisis demonstrates to an […]

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Fractures in ARMA’s efforts to regulate the leasehold property management sector

By Admin2 on Feb 08, 2018 08:13 pm

Last year we reported on weaknesses in the Ombudsman redress system and ARMA regulation. In the case of ARMA the changes introduced after their regulator, former Labour minister MP Sally Keeble, resigned. https://www.leaseholdknowledge.com/armas-self-regulation-disarray-member-sues-organisation-sally-keeble-resigns After the resignation, ARMA has decided to turn itself into a secondary regulator. Rather than allow leaseholders to initiate a complaint directly, […]

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Pinsent Masons believes ban on ‘almost all’ new leasehold houses to have retrospective effect

By admin on Feb 05, 2018 10:44 am

The following today from the Pinsent Masons law firm website: The package of leasehold reform measures, which follow a recent government consultation, also includes plans to make it cheaper and easier for existing leaseholders to purchase the freehold on their property. The government will also take action to ensure that leasehold property cannot be classed […]

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