Bellway humiliated over lying to BBC about gagging clauses on build defects to BBC
Leasehold APPG chairs demand meeting with sector-nobbled New Homes Quality Board
In the same week the New Housing Quality Board is revealed to be a group of sector stooges, BBC Radio 4 MoneyBox live has revealed how housebuilders cover up build defects with “Non-disclosure Agreements” cooked up by their lawyers.
It can be heard here at 12.05 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_fourfm
And the influential consumer affairs programme humiliated Bellway Homes, which last week declared that it did not use NDAs.
Government efforts to dump arbitrary fire safety costs onto owners of leasehold flats are thwarted in the Lords by rebellion led by bishops
The side the Lord’s on: Rt Rev Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, spoke eloquently in favour of the McPartland-Smith amendment to the Fire Safety Bill which would prevent leaseholders being dumped with the costs of remedying fire safety defects caused by housebuilders or their suppliers. The bishop, who was on the council of the Local Government Association, is also a scourge of the gambling industry, particularly fixed odds betting machines
By Liam Spender
Liam Spender is a Trustee of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.
Going to the Property Tribunal to have a manager appointed under section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 is often the last throw of the dice for leaseholders fed up with intractable disputes with game-playing landlords. It places control of a property into the hand of a manager accountable only to the Tribunal – and not to the landlord or leaseholders — and removes control from the landlord.