June 23, 2017

Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament

LKP’s LibDem patron Sir Ed Davey was returned to Parliament at the election for the Conservative held seat Kingston and Surbiton. He rejoins Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative, Worthing West, and Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour, Poplar and Limehouse, after having lost his seat in the 2015 election. LKP warmly welcomes the return to public life of Sir […]

DCLG stakeholders hear of ‘calamitous’ Law Commission report on exit fees

The DCLG leasehold stakeholders’ group was told yesterday that the Law Commission report into exit and other fees published earlier this month was ‘calamitous’. The study had come about following the Office of Fair Trading investigations into the retirement housing sector. One concerned the systematic cheating of pensioners over the Peverel / Cirrus collusive tendering […]

FirstPort fined £360,000 over fatal fire at Gibson Court

The property management company FirstPort was fined £360,000 today over the fatal fire at Gibson Court on September 30 2011. More here The full sentence is not available at this time. The following statement has been provided to Carlex / LKP by FirstPort chief executive Nigel Howell. “We are sincerely sorry for and deeply regret […]

Law Commission: you will create an investment asset class, not protections for pensioners

Martin Boyd replies to Stephen Lewis, of the Law Commission, on his report into retirement housing event fees We are a tiny charity that you kindly credit as being one of the key drivers in initiating your work with event fee project. Unlike others we were not part of your advisory panel, but we have […]

My granny’s Audley Retirement home ‘was a money pit’ costing £48,000 in exit fees

The Sunday Times yesterday published a powerful article by Harriet Meyer revealing how her family spent £48,160 in fees on selling at Audley Retirement flat. Audley Retirement is one of the upmarket providers in the sector, which Carlex has long argued has even greater exploitative practices at the higher end than the lower. Harriet’s grandparents […]

Law Commission’s tokenistic report helps retirement house builders and freehold investors, not families needing to house a relative

Only 2 per cent of UK over-65s live in specialist retirement housing – against 12 per cent in USA and 17 per cent in Australia – and there is no reason for more to do so because of today’s report from the Law Commission. It does not address the scandals of the retirement housing sector, […]

Israel Moskovitz humiliated as Elim Court wins right to manage in Court of Appeal

Elim Court, a retirement site in Plymouth, learned today that it had won its epic battle for right to manage in the Court of Appeal against its landlord Israel Moskovitz. His Avon Freeholds Limited managed the site through Y and Y Management, run by business associate Joseph Gurvits. Y and Y is a management company […]

Fryzer Property Services lifts ‘ban’ on relatives at major works meeting

Residents at Oakland Court, in Worthing, West Sussex, were told that “friends, relatives and carers” could not attend a meeting next week to discuss major works at the site. The ban came from Fryzer Property Services, but has now been rescinded after indignant residents contacted Carlex. We in turn referred the matter to the local […]

Victoria Derbyshire told ‘we must end cheating speculators in leasehold housing’

Shady speculators in UK property assets including residential freeholds were raised on the BBC TV’s Victoria Derbyshire show yesterday.  It can be viewed here at 1:44 Sebastian O’Kelly, of LKP, said in an interview: “We are told that residential freeholds are bought by pension funds and that it pays for your and my pensions. “Absolute […]

‘If I fail to offend anyone, I will do it next time,’ Bottomley tells appalled LEASE conference

Leasehold sector insiders were aghast at the address given by Sir Peter Bottomley on Wednesday at the Leasehold Advisory Service “annual conference”. The event was packed with surveyors, valuers, lawyers and property managing agents paying £350 a head to attend what has until now been the most important trade show of the sector. Earlier housing […]

Housing minister says LEASE must be on the side of leaseholders, and promises more money

The Leasehold Advisory Service will be funded so that it can unambiguously represent the interests of leaseholders without dependence commercial deals with the sector, the housing minister Gavin Barwell said yesterday. “This means information must be free in financial terms, but it must also be free from any bias; impartial; a service dedicated to leaseholders,” […]

Housing minister urges transparency over retirement exit fees

Gavin Barwell urged greater transparency over retirement exit fees as the Leasehold Advisory Service “annual conference” yesterday. “More than one in 12 people in the UK will be aged over 80 by 2039, according to the National Office for Statistics. “The UK’s population is set to rise by over 4 million in the next decade, […]