Two former employees of ABC Estates who posted critical Google reviews of the company using made-up names face paying out £60,000 each and must make an apology in open court, according to friends.
Dhir Doshi and Thomas Govan, who claimed to have acted in the public interest, failed in a court action to strike out a libel and defamation claim in December last year, clearing the way for a full trial.
Two ex-employees of ABC Estates fail to stop Richard Davidoff defamation action over critical Google reviews with fake names (and ‘face £36,000 costs so far’)
Richard Davidoff, his wife Hanni and grown-up daughters Tamara and Debby, ABC Block Management Limited and ABC Hendon Limited claim Mr Doshi and Mr Govan had accused them of fraud, dishonesty, permitting staff to steal from tenants and posting false positive reviews on social media.
LKP has urged Poltair Homes and the Tchenguiz Family Trust to sort out 80 shared ownership leases on houses which are now unmortgagable owing to the disastrous terms.
Ground rents on the properties, which have never sold for more than £125,000, are presently £1,500pa and rise every year with RPI. As a result, the residents – who were all deemed to have local housing needs – are stuck.
Local builder THF Limited – a related company of Poltair Homes – built the three sites with the same 62% shared ownership leases from 2004.