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Keep raising leasehold with Advertising Standards Authority

By admin on Aug 08, 2018 09:53 am

This is quite an interesting ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (for which, thanks to Michael Holland): In 2014, the Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint about an ad for a property which stated “Tenure: Leasehold”. The complainant challenged whether the ad was misleading because it did not make clear the length of the remaining […]

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LKP’s essential leasehold guide in The Sunday Times … feel free to add

By admin on Aug 06, 2018 05:12 pm

By Sebastian O’Kelly It was good to be able to use a small Q&A article in yesterday’s Sunday Times to offer a mini guide for leaseholders. This is the sort of thing the Leasehold Advisory Service should be putting out, if it were not in thrall to the commercialisers in the sector. Indeed, it was […]

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Slough council takes Nova House leaseholders to tribunal over Grenfell cladding costs

By admin on Aug 02, 2018 05:21 pm

We are only billing leaseholders for the fire marshals not Grenfell cladding removal, says Slough Council is understood to have bought the freehold to the stricken site for £1 – officially, a ‘nominal fee’ – off freehold investor Robert Steinhouse Liverpool debt collectors JB Leitch to take the tribunal action Leaseholders at Nova House which […]

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£3m Grenfell cladding bills fall on residents at Lendlease’s Cypress Place and Vallea Court

By admin on Aug 01, 2018 03:04 pm

The property tribunal last week dumped the cost of removing Grenfell cladding on the residents at Cypress Place and Vallea Court in Manchester’s Green Quarter, which were built by Australian builder Lendlease. And Vallea Court pays for the “waking watch” fire marshals. In addition, the tribunal declined to issue a section 20c order, which means […]

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Taylor Wimpey has paid out only £11.2m of the supposed £130m to sort the doubling ground rent scam

By admin on Aug 01, 2018 09:22 am

… And £30 million to remove Grenfell cladding from the sites it built Taylor Wimpey has paid out only £11.2 million of the £130 million it set aside to address the doubling ground rent scam it inflicted on its customers between 2007 and 2011. During that period, the plc housebuilder dreamed up highly aggressive ground […]

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Is LEASE an institutionally corrupted organisation?

By Admin2 on Jul 29, 2018 01:30 pm

“Institutional corruption is manifest when there is a systemic and strategic influence which is legal, or even currently ethical, that undermines the institution’s effectiveness by diverting it from its purpose or weakening its ability to achieve its purpose, including, to the extent relevant to its purpose, weakening either the public’s trust in that institution or […]

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‘The system is rigged against leaseholders’

By Admin2 on Jul 27, 2018 02:02 pm

Jim Fitzpatrick MP now adds to his suggestion that the Property Tribunal “stinks” by suggesting the system is rigged against leaseholders. In a @HouseofCommons debate earlier this week on First-tier Tribunals, I outlined why the system is rigged against leaseholders. Yesterday's judgement in Manchester confirmed the fears of many. pic.twitter.com/sBKyNC9RHm — Jim Fitzpatrick (@FitzMP) July […]

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Select Committee Leasehold reform inquiry launches

By Admin2 on Jul 26, 2018 10:16 am

On the final day of Parliament before the summer recess, the Select Committee which oversees the work of the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government launched their investigation into leasehold reform. Select Committee Chair Clive Betts MP said “With around four million leasehold homes in England, they make up a significant part of the […]

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Parliament told the Property Tribunal ‘stinks’: it lets down leaseholders again and again

By Admin2 on Jul 25, 2018 12:25 pm

In the last debate before the summer recess, MPs considered the role of the Property Tribunal.  MP Jim Fitzpatrick  set out an extensive list of failings which he put at the door of the Tribunal saying that a number of his constituents found the system “stinks” “The first-tier tribunal is supposed to offer a simple, […]

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Did Trowers & Hamlins try to stifle Parliamentary debate?

By Admin2 on Jul 25, 2018 09:06 am

Yesterday, 24th July 2018, saw the extraordinary step of international law firm, Trowers & Hamlins, trying to intervene in a Parliamentary debate on leasehold issues. In a point of order raised on the last day in Parliament  Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Limehouse and Poplar, advised the House of Commons: ” I believe that yesterday Mr […]

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LKP response to Law Commission on leasehold houses

By admin on Jul 20, 2018 06:37 pm

LKP’s responses to this have come courtesy of the Guardian: Radical plans to end huge costs of buying a freehold unveiled Millions of homeowners caught in the so-called “leasehold trap” may be able to buy their freeholds at a fraction of the price currently demanded by ground rent companies, under radical proposals from the Law […]

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APPG hears agony of Grenfell cladding on private sites, while Lendlease sites head to tribunal to get leaseholders to pay

By admin on Jul 20, 2018 06:26 pm

In the absence of anyone else doing anything, LKP organised the first meeting of private leaseholders in blocks with Grenfell style cladding … but developers like Lendlease stayed away. The meeting was the first opportunity for leaseholders in 297 tower blocks to meet and exchange information and support. No developers, warranty providers or freeholders turned […]

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MPs turn out in force to welcome leaseholder demonstrators at Westminster

By admin on Jul 18, 2018 05:02 pm

MPs turned out in force this morning to meet leasehold demonstrators organised by the National Leasehold Campaign, most of who arrived by coach from the North West. Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick, patrons of LKP and co-chairs of the APPG on leasehold reform, were on hand, as was Justin Madders, the deputy chair who […]

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APPG July 11: Taylor Wimpey deserves no praise for its cheating RPI ground rent relief scheme, says leasehold house customer
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