May 23, 2017

Archives for November 2015

Kelston Gardens: should we buy?

A Carlex reader has been in touch asking for information about Kelston Gardens, in Weston-super-Mare, where she is trying to buy a freehold bungalow but is now getting cold feet. She says: “There are lots of leasehold areas including strips of pathways outside the gardens. We cannot get to the bottom of who owns what […]

Metcalfe Court: how a retirement site has benefited from RTM (including 20% savings compared with FirstPort)

The road to RTM After an embittered struggle with the Tchenguiz organisation – which also saw the involvement of two MPs – Metcalfe Court, in Romiley, in Cheshire, broke free and took over its right to manage last February. Below the RTM directors write to Carlex / LKP to share their experience with our readers. […]

Transfer fees: the Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis wants to hear from you

Just as George Osborne backs huge expansion of the wretched state of retirement housing provision in this country, up pops the Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis to point out one aspect that is very wrong with it: exit fees, or now called event fees. And he wants to hear your views on the subject before January […]

Metcalfe Court: how a retirement site has benefited from RTM (including 20% savings compared with FirstPort)

The road to RTM After an embittered struggle with the Tchenguiz organisation – which also saw the involvement of two MPs – Metcalfe Court, in Romiley, in Cheshire, broke free and took over its right to manage last February. Below the RTM directors write to Carlex / LKP to share their experience with our readers. […]

What WE want from the Housing Bill

Now is the time for all leaseholders seeking reform to put pressure on MPs to get leasehold addressed in the Housing Bill. Please write to your MP to demand that these changes form part of the new law. Below is the extensive LKP / Carlex submission to the committee stage of the Housing and Planning […]

Bring in commonhold by 2020, says MP Jim Fitzpatrick

Jim Fitzpatrick, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse and a patron of LKP, has moved an amendment to the Housing Bill that will see leasehold ended by January 1 2020. Instead, flats should be sold through commonhold tenure only. This is the first time since the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act of 2002 that […]

Retirement villages reported by BBC

The BBC website has reported some of the issues concerning retirement housing provision.   The piece examines the “retirement village” model of upscale retirement housing.   The full piece can be read here:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34808285

Dudley Joiner: It is not relevant that I was disqualified from being a company director for 7 years

Dudley Joiner, the businessman offering services to leaseholders, has told LKP / Carlex that being disqualified as a company director for seven years has “no relevance to my current activity”. The ban was imposed between 1993 and 2000 in the Chancery Division of the High Court following an action by the Secretary of State for […]

No more retirements flats until leasehold rip-offs are ended

Norman Greed, a veteran of a right to manage dispute and winning back unfair service charges, says no more retirement flats should be built under the rip-off leasehold system Once again the leaseholders of England and Wales have been let down by the legal system. In this article I will cover three items I wish […]