Lord Leigh of Hurley, left, has been criticised for lucrative buildings insurance arrangements at a site in Harrow, north-west London, while Home Secretary Priti Patel has been linked to lease sleaze through a Mirror investigation into her parents’ pugnacious approach to leasehold enfranchisement at three properties
By Harry Scoffin
A longstanding Treasurer of the Conservative Party and the parents of the Home Secretary were accused of leasehold profiteering by The Times and Mirror newspapers earlier this week.
Professor Susan Bright speaking at an LKP-organised All Party Parliamentary Group meeting on leasehold reform. Professor Bright has researched and written prolifically on the post-Grenfell building safety crisis and is currently investigating ‘fleecehold’, a phenomenon where freehold householders are captive consumers, locked into management companies and opaque fees
Susan Bright, professor of land law at Oxford University, has kindly contributed an article to Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. Below, she writes about her work on the ever-growing fleecehold scandal:
By Professor Susan Bright
In a recent study (Far from Privatopia, which is written about here), I discuss the trend towards private maintenance of residential estates in England and Wales.