April 24, 2017

Pensioner, 73, given last minute reprieve over forfeiture of his home

The pensioner who had the lease on his £800,000 flat forfeited won a reprieve today when his mortgage lender stepped in to pay his outstanding debts. Dennis Jackson, 73, a former commercial photographer, had the lease on his split-level flat at Plantation Wharf in Battersea forfeited last month and had 28 days to be out […]

Pensioners at Elim Court fail in third RTM attempt to escape Gurvits

Pensioners in Plymouth have failed for the third time to break free from London freeholder and managing agent Joseph Gurvits, Carlex was informed yesterday. Elim Court’s third right to manage application in the past 18 months was thrown out at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal owing to a mistake in the application. The decision is a […]

Progress report on our Houses of Parliament briefing

There is exactly two weeks to go before the LKP/Carlex briefing at the Houses of Parliament things are moving along at a pace.  All MPs and Lords have now received a formal invitation to attend from Sir Peter Bottomley MP. Our speakers are lined up. Key members of staff from the Ministry of Justice and […]

How to handle your ‘right to manage’ – by a leading managing agent

Rob Plumb, CEO of HML Holdings, explains the dangers that lie within the Right to Manage process Normally a written contract works well to keep an agreement in place because both parties to the contract want the same outcome.  “Right to Manage” isn’t a normal contract. It sounds, initially, so straight forward. RTM enables leaseholders to […]

Green MP steps in to help leaseholders who face £30,000 legal bills after bungled right to manage

Residents from the Kingsmere development in Brighton – who face legal bills of £30,000 following a bungled right to manage application – are to meet their local MP today (August 10). Caroline Lucas, of the Green Party, has taken an interest in the issues raised and is demanding to know how ordinary families at the […]

Wartime squadron leader, aged 94, chalks up £11,500 victory over Peverel

During the Second World War, when Eric Matthews, 94, was an RAF squadron leader, he was used to chalking up downed enemy aircraft. Now he is celebrating another victory over a lesser adversary: Peverel, which has had to pay back £11,475.34p. The money is being re-paid after a series of  inter-company deals by the property […]

Stop this ‘legal torture’ of pensioners, says Sir Peter Bottomley

A senior Tory MP has today placed a post on the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership website to express his utter disgust at the delaying tactics used by the freeholder  – whose legal team included Laceys, who proclaim themselves the “honorary solicitors” of ARMA – at the Oakland Court LVT earlier this month. Sir Peter Bottomley, MP […]

Pensioners win epic £137,000 victory over warden’s flat rental

In a landmark case, 40 elderly leaseholders have won an epic battle against paying for the notional rent of their warden’s flat through the service charge. Since 1986 this has cost the residents in Worthing, Sussex, £137,000. The battle was fought in the face of repeated delaying tactics by their landlord, the Oakland Pension Fund, […]

A commission fit for a Kingsborough … Peverel’s way with insurance

In leasehold blocks, it is the landlord’s responsibility – and perk – to arrange the building’s insurance, though  as with everything else, it is the residents who pay. Where Peverel is the management company, it has until very recently used its sister company Kingsborough – which was also also part of the Tchenguiz Family Trust […]

Charter Quay keep out County Estates Management

Charter Quay, Kingston: its LVT victory is the most damning document against the whole leasehold racket 29.02.2012 Today the LVT published its decision for HML Andertons to continue as their Tribunal appointed managing agent at Charter Quay, Kingston, until the end of 2014. In their findings the Tribunal made very strong criticisms of their Tchenguiz […]

Battle with Lakeside Developments and Trust Property Management

Colin Dennard, 71, had always been an owner of freehold houses, so he was astonished at how the charges mounted up at his 28-year-old son’s £160,000 leasehold flat in a block of only ten at Bournemouth. The development, called the Bays, had developers Lakeside Developments as the landlords with Trust Property Management as the managing […]

Chelsea Bridge Wharf wins first round of RTM struggle

Unhappiness at Chelsea Bridge Wharf For anyone thinking about buying Peverel – and the administrators are now in serious talks with a buyer – it looks like yet another flagship Thames-side development is about to slip out of its clutches. Chelsea Bridge Wharf, beside the old Battersea Power Station site, is in the process of […]