April 23, 2017

McCarthy and Stone reform sublet fees after discussions with Carlex

Following discussions with Carlex, McCarthy and Stone is dropping the one per cent contingency fund contribution that has to be paid every time a flat is rented out. It is replacing the sublet fees, which are a percentage of either the purchase price or market value of a flat, with a one-off payment of £80 plus […]

DCLG leasehold team issue raft of improvements

Retirement exit fees may get the chop, at last! The new DCLG leasehold team, with whom Carlex / LKP has been working closely, yesterday announced a range of measures in addition to “Florrie’s Law” (see LKP) and acceptance that the residential leasehold sector is far larger than was previously thought. They include referring exit fees […]

Seller at Felbridge Court expresses frustration at unending sales fees

Adam Schmidt, who inherited a retirement flat at Felbridge Court in Feltham, has written to the Sunday Times and to Carlex about his frustrations at the raft of fees payable when the flat is sold. He has written to 10 MPs, the ARHM, ARMA, FPRA, OFT, the Leasehold Advisory Service, Carlex and 10 local MPs. […]

It’s £850 for subletting … er, alright, I will take £100, says boss of Hallmark Developments

An appalled reader who received an £850 subletting demand from the boss of Hallmark Developments has had the bill slashed to £100 after contacting LKP / Carlex. Paul Couchman, of Stapleton in Bristol, received the demand after renting out his mother’s two-bedroom flat at Meadow Court in Braintree, Essex. Under the terms of the lease, […]

You DO have to pay sublet fees annually in retirement leasehold

The feeble deal between the Office of Fair Trading and the Tchenguiz Family Trust over retirement leasehold exit and subletting fees – the one in July 2012 where the OFT said they were an unfair contract but, no, it was not going to do anything about them – has been clarified to Carlex today. It […]

Office of Fair Trading deal over exit and sub-letting fees with Tchenguiz

OFT website outlining the agreement is here http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2012/77-12 August 2012: The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has secured undertakings from Fairhold Homes Ltd and associated companies (Fairhold) owned by the Tchenguiz Family Trust  to change how they charge and enforce transfer fee terms in their 53,000 retirement home leases. The OFT has been investigating exit fees, […]

Rebellion at Blagdon Retirement Village over 12.5% exit fees

Residents at Blagdon Retirement Village, an upmarket retirement complex near Taunton in Somerset, are mobilising to fight 12.5 per cent exit fees involving all Retirement Village sites. Blagdon is a complex of 85 cottages, bungalows and flats “clustered around Blagdon Lodge where communal facilities can be found”. With 20 “interest and social groups”, the Lodge […]

More sites rebel against Anchor Retirement allowing sub-letting … in defiance of leases that ban it

UPDATES APRIL 5, 17.51: In a statement justifying its policy, Anchor Retirement refers to the Office of Fair Trading report which stated that “terms in long leases preventing sub-letting have potential for unfairness” and that “permission [to sub-let] should not be unreasonably withheld”.  See below APRIL 5 It emerges that another Anchor Retirement site is in ferment over this […]

End transfer fees, or let LVTs rule on whether they are reasonable, says OFT

Parliament should end the levying of transfer fees – that is, exit fees and sub-letting fees – or allow the Leasehold Valuation Tribunals to rule on their reasonableness, This is one of the key findings in the Office of Fair Trading’s prolonged investigation – published today – into a lucrative and unjustifiable earner that is […]

Exit fees court battle fails … but it cost Fairhold thousands and Carlex now has its legal argument why it believes the contract terms are fair

Susan Wood failed in her court struggle earlier this week to be reimbursed the £1,150 in exit fees paid when her late father’s flat was sold in 2010. Wood argued that as the fee was for a service that was not carried out – ostensibly to vet the capability of the flat’s purchaser for “independent […]

Court case over Fairhold £1,150 exit fees

A courtroom battle over £1,150 paid in exit fees takes place on January 2, which may prove good news for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust & Buglife which will be getting the money if the action is successful. Susan Wood is demanding back the 1 per cent exit fee paid to Fairhold, a freehold owning company […]

Exit fees: what to do after the OFT/Tchenguiz deal

OFT website outlining the agreement is here http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2012/77-12 After a three-year investigation, the Office of Fair Trading finally expressed its view earlier this month that exit fees on sale were “likely” to be unfair … but that they still need to be paid. The announcement came in the form of a deal with the Tchenguiz […]