Comments for Carlex http://www.carlex.org.uk Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:48:11 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76143 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:48:11 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76143 Michael, How Much was the donation???

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by Michael Epstein http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76140 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:33:55 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76140 It may be of interest to note that Grant Shapps constituency office accepted a substantial donation from Peverel/Firstport

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76128 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:02:45 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76128 Is this how Leashold Industry Works
According to Parliament’s register of interests, 72 of the MPs who voted against a Labour Party proposed amendment in 2016 were themselves landlords who derive an income from a property.
The amendment to the Government’s new Housing and Planning Bill – that would required private landlords to make their homes safe and “fit for human habitation” in 2016, was rejected by the Conservative Party. According to Parliament’s register of interests, 72 of the MPs who voted against the amendment were themselves landlords who derive an income from property.

According to Grenfell Action Group (GAG) the freeholder is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) using Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation as the landlord who  manage all the social housing in RBKC. 

Grenfell Action Group had  issued numerous warnings regarding safety. One of these mentioned “only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord”…. “and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders”.

Another comment posted in 2015 warned: “Let’s hope we won’t have any serious fires on any of those estates because it appears that someone’s death is possibly the only thing that might stir the KCTO out of its extreme complacency.”

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76126 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:38:45 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76126 Michael,

You posted – ” l don’t think Grant Shapps (GS) was ever expected to be the saviour, in fact as far as leasehold reform goes he turned out to be the executioner.

Was GS removed due to his other jobs where he used another name?

With some MPs and family very involved in Freehold/Landlords no wonder little progress has been made. Turkeys do not vote for Christmas.

Now that Leasehold Houses and Ground Rent issue has arisen will it be much more difficult for the next Minister to keep a lid on things?

Six Housing Ministers in less than 7 years?

The concept of Building Control is based on H&S, and like all other industries the Lobbyist are used to reduce the cost of safety, or to use their products or use their company?

Remember materials are tested to destruction and require a BS or Agremont Certificate before given a BS?

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76123 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:20:44 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76123 Hi Ollie
Welcome back!

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76122 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:19:08 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76122 Uncertainty for leasehold as Gavin Barwell Housing Minister loses his seat

Gavin Barwell the Tory MP and Housing Minister, who had it seems grasped the need to reshape the leasehold sector. He mentioned his commitment to fully fund the Leasehold Advisory Service. This would remove the need of commercial activity used to help fund the service. Due to chronic underfunding the  service decided to provide access to the Landlord and Freeholder above the Leaseholder.

Can we now expect anything after the 15th Housing Minister since 1997, twenty years of paid lip service. The 2002 ACT didn’t go far enough and still the Leaseholder is made the villain when attempting to correct matters at the FTT.

Louie Burns, of Leasehold Solutions, said: “That while the policies of both parties are a step in the right direction, neither will bring about much-needed reforms. He said: “It was encouraging to see that both the Conservatives and Labour were paying attention to some of the problems with leasehold, such as escalating ground rents and the sale of new-build houses as leasehold, particularly as neither party even mentioned leasehold in their 2015 manifestos. “The Conservative Party manifesto included a commitment to crack down on unfair practices in leasehold. No mention of the 10 year fight against the likes of Peverel and Firstport who have been using unfair tactics to spend residents money so excessive profits are made at our expense.

Leaseholders can take some reassurance that leasehold campaigners, Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick were both re-elected.

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by ollie http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76101 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:06:05 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76101 Welcome back Sir Ed Davey.

I support Chas in hoping you become the new Housing Minister .( as Nominee for the APPG ).

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by Trevor Bradley http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76098 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:07:06 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76098 Michael H is correct. Grant S showed total arrogance towards leaseholders, and any other “ordinary” decent people.
The following ministers inc Gavin B may have been ” interested” but they did and achieved nothing.
The fact we have brexit is irrelevant. Whoever it is will just have to work harder, and longer hours to achieve what is needed, just like we have to in the private sector in order to survive

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by Michael Hollands http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76094 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:25:34 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76094 Chas, l don’t think Grant Shapps was ever expected to be the saviour, in fact as far as leasehold reform goes he turned out to be the executioner. And that was from day one.
Starting from such a low and negative point, and with the DCLG in tow it meant that the four Housing Ministers who succeeded him made very little progress.
Now that this Leasehold Houses and Ground Rent issue has arisen it will be much more difficult for the next Minister to keep a lid on things, but I won’t hold my breath.
Another Grant Shapps type, plus the negative DCLG, and Brexit, could still put this issue on the back burner.

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76088 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:39:42 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76088 Wasn’t Grant Shapps supposed to have been a saviour when he was first appointed now we have Gavin Barwell who was the next saviour loose his seat and we end up nowhere.

Good job we have the support of Carlex and LKP along with About Peverel and the support of 57 MP but will we now be put on the back burner again

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76087 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:32:42 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76087 Michael,
I tried to post this on LKP but it didn’t post, hope its helpful?

With private housing in crisis with shortages and big building companies selling Leasehold Housing which are imploding day by day. Wouldn’t it be something if a Housing Minister was appointed until they completed a fixed term rather than using the position as the first rung up the ladder for budding cabinet members?

Longevity in ministerial life and the high turnover of Housing Ministers. 
Gavin Barwell was the fourteenth since 1997.
Conservatives five in six years:
2017 to ???
Gavin Barwell July 2016 to 2017
Brandon Lewis July 2014 to July 2016
Kris Hopkins October 2013 to July 2014
Mark Prisk September 2012 to October 2013
Grant Shapps June 2010 to September 2012
Labo20ur’s record is no better nine in thirteen years:
John Healey June 2009 to June 2010
Margaret Beckett October 2008 to June 2009
Caroline Flint January 2008 to October 2008
Yvette Cooper 2005 to January 2008
Keith Hill 2003 to 2005
Lord Rooker 2002 to 2003
Lord Falconer 2001 to 2002
Nick Raynsford 1999 to 2001
Hilary Armstrong 1997 to 1999

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76079 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:45:35 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76079 Michael,

Thank you,

My break coincided with a move to a new house – not leasehold.

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by Michael Epstein http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76078 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:17:12 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76078 Welcome back Ed Davey and it seems welcome back to Chas as well!

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76077 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:50:34 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76077 Sorry Spell Checker doesn’t work on capitals should have read:

PUBLIC INTEREST

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76076 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:45:22 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76076 Ed Davey was as you stated “a strong ally during the Carlex initiative into the collusive tendering scam at 65 retirement sites by the property manager Peverel (now FirstPort Retirement).

CARLEX help alert pensioners who had purchased leasehold flats for what was expected according to Firstport literature a peaceful retirement?

Firstport Retirement subsidiary Cirrus Communications, now Appello systematically cheated pensioners with bogus bids for Warden Call Electronic Door Entry Systems and Fire Systems by stating “these systems are OBSOLETE”.

The Office of Fair Trading made the ruling of Collusive Tendering, but there was no criminal or civil sanction. I asked the OFT for information regarding the Collusive Tendering under the Freedom of Information Act and was informed it was not in the PUBLIUC INTEREST?

No one at Peverel / Cirrus lost their job, we were informed by the then CEO in 2015, no one involved in the
Collusive Tendering still worked for Firstport which was not correct as the manager of Cirrus at the time was now a director?

Peverel made a £100,000 “goodwill gesture” to compensate the 65 development some 2,000 cheated residents? Considering they weren’t prosecuted and allowed to continue trading, Firstport made £1.4 Million Pounds and repaid £100k, not a bad exchange?

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76075 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:52:04 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76075 Welcome back Sir Ed Davey.

Hope you become the new Housing Minister as Gavin Barwell the former HM, who was seen to understand the plight of leaseholders has lost his seat.

Mr Barwell, and his Secretary of State Sajid Javid, understood the issues of leasehold regarding ground rents and the scams undertaken by Firstport Retirement where they relieved pensioners of their hard earned money paid into contingency funds in the guise of:-
Obsolete Fire Systems
Obsolete Warden Call Systems
Painting Contracts
Insurance Commissions
Duplicated Training Costs
Relief Area Managers Costs

Katie Kendrick has the right attitude and fight.

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by Carlex http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76073 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:06:32 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76073 Thanks, Chas

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Comment on Carlex patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/carlex-patron-sir-ed-davey-returns-parliament/#comment-76072 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:57:47 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8029#comment-76072 Carlex £900,000 million for a freehold worth £3.2 million surely not???

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Comment on Plenty of opportunities … to load the bill by Pat Meyrick http://www.carlex.org.uk/about/service-charge/#comment-75915 Sun, 07 May 2017 14:11:14 +0000 http://carlexv2.wordpress.com/?page_id=17#comment-75915 Regarding leaseholders buying the freehold, the right to manage or appoint a managing agent. My experience in the last 7 years leads me to think that this may not be the best things for leaseholders to do. If leaseholder buy the freehold or have the right to manage there has to be a ‘management’ company formed with directors. This of course assumes that all leaseholders a not only very honest but also have some ‘business experience. It also means that one can end up falling out with fellow leaseholders and just who do you take to a Tribunal if it can’t be agreed what the service charge money is spent on.

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Comment on Plenty of opportunities … to load the bill by Pat Meyric http://www.carlex.org.uk/about/service-charge/#comment-75914 Sun, 07 May 2017 13:56:50 +0000 http://carlexv2.wordpress.com/?page_id=17#comment-75914 I am concerned that the government seem to be only concerned with ‘rip off’ ground rents in new developments. My concern is that they also completely overhaul the ‘service charges’ which is another scam on how to ‘rip off” leaseholders and abuse the leaseholders service charge monies, which is paid in advance. The current rules mean we pay in advance and have to wait for 6 months past the year end date(now 18 months since we paid our money) before we have legal access to a statement of account and all the supporting documents. By the time we receive them, inspect them and find the freeholder and or his managing agent, (often the same individual,) will not deal with any anomalies, we then apply to the tribunal. By the time we get to a tribunal we find ourselves at least 2 years from when we paid our money in advance and the Freehold Company and or the managing agent company has been dissolved or wound up. If the tribunal finds in favour of the tribunal applicant (the leaseholder) there is no way of getting back the money the tribunal determined should not have been taken from the leaseholders service charge account. In one of my cases the freeholder/managing agent (same individual) did issue part 1 applicants with credit notes for their share of what the tribunal determined was inappropriately use from the leaseholders account. However, the subsequent years accounts show that ‘credit notes, were covered in some way and this led to positive balances in subsequent years totalling £109k. Our lease states that any positive balance is to be carried forward and offset against the next service charge period. This part of the lease appears never to have been applied as our service charges have remained the same therefore there should have been £109k in our service charge account at the year ending 31 March 2015. We have no evidence that there is such an amount in our service charge TRUST account. Despite several written requests I am still awaiting a set of accounts for the year ending 31 March 2016 and of course now the year ending 31 March 2017 are nearly due. I understand that the asset, being the unencumbered freehold, when a company has been compulsorily dissolved passes to the Government Treasury. When this happens who appoints the managing agent and to whom is the Ground Rent paid? Also how do the leaseholders go about recovering the freehold?

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Comment on DCLG stakeholders hear of ‘calamitous’ Law Commission report on exit fees by ollie http://www.carlex.org.uk/dclg-stakeholders-hear-calamitous-law-commission-report-exit-fees/#comment-75910 Sat, 06 May 2017 14:47:07 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8013#comment-75910 Sajid Javid: “I don’t see how we can look the other way while these practically feudal practices persist.” © PA
Ripe for reform

The more you look into leasehold, the more you realise how the whole system urgently needs reforming.

The Law Commission is a statutory independent body. We aim:

to ensure that the law is as fair, modern, simple and as cost-effective as possible
to conduct research and consultations in order to make systematic recommendations for consideration by Parliament, and

Prof Hopkin, the Law Commission is looking the other way

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Comment on DCLG stakeholders hear of ‘calamitous’ Law Commission report on exit fees by ollie http://www.carlex.org.uk/dclg-stakeholders-hear-calamitous-law-commission-report-exit-fees/#comment-75909 Sat, 06 May 2017 14:27:44 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8013#comment-75909 Professor Nick Hopkins

Professor Hopkins was appointed as Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law on 1 October 2015. He has been researching and teaching property law for over 20 years. His publishing portfolio includes: co-author of the OUP’s leading land law textbook, Land Law: Text, Cases and Materials; case notes editor of The Conveyancer & Property Lawyer; and Chair of the editorial board of Modern Studies in Property Law. He has served as Convenor of the Property and Trusts Section of the Society of Legal Scholars and has twice received the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ award for Best Property Paper.

Professor Hopkins is Professor of Law at the University of Reading. He is also a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts.

We should ask Prof Hopkins to update himself on Leasehold abuses practiced by freeholders by joining the APPG meetings .

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Comment on DCLG stakeholders hear of ‘calamitous’ Law Commission report on exit fees by ollie http://www.carlex.org.uk/dclg-stakeholders-hear-calamitous-law-commission-report-exit-fees/#comment-75908 Sat, 06 May 2017 14:19:27 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8013#comment-75908 The Law Commission is a statutory independent body. We aim:

to ensure that the law is as fair, modern, simple and as cost-effective as possible
to conduct research and consultations in order to make systematic recommendations for consideration by Parliament, and
to codify the law, eliminate anomalies, repeal obsolete and unnecessary enactments and reduce the number of separate statutes.

The above statements are copied from Law Commission website .

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Comment on Law Commission: you will create an investment asset class, not protections for pensioners by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/law-commission-will-create-investment-asset-class-not-protections-pensioners/#comment-75796 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:44:10 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8000#comment-75796 Michael,

You say:-

Law Commission states Exit Fees make retirement living more affordable?

How ridicules is this statement???

My relative purchased a One Bed McCarthy & Stone Flat in 2005 for £135k. Now 12 years later it is worth between £80k to £109k. The cost included the use of the lounge, lift, kitchen, laundry, car park, gardens and stairs.

What was not explained was when they were selling, sale prices would not include the lounge etc. as these are part of the development.

Many leases do not state the Exit Fee on selling, as this is a separate document. Exit Fees are charged just because they can, they cover no service whatsoever?

Fairhold purchased ex M&S developments within two years as the Freehold was not available during this period to the residents.

The building and sale of developments was a clear long term plan, giving the developer a period when these developments were not for sale and open to being milked for every possible penny.

The Law Commission is like another Government QUANGO. Its purpose is to ensure the Government is not affected by public opinion. The OFT was such a phoney, its purpose was to represent Fair Trading?

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Comment on DCLG stakeholders hear of ‘calamitous’ Law Commission report on exit fees by chas http://www.carlex.org.uk/dclg-stakeholders-hear-calamitous-law-commission-report-exit-fees/#comment-75793 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:34:36 +0000 http://www.carlex.org.uk/?p=8013#comment-75793 Case against LEASE
*lack of democratic accountability
*do not report to parliament
*not headed by ministers
*clear political value
*outsourcing contentious decisions
*reduces public influence
*political imperatives

Conservatives stated intention to abolish Quangos as they do not perform technical functions, requiring political impartiality, or to act independently in establishing facts.

LEASE Impartial???
*do not perform technical functions
*do not act independently
*operates at arms length by Government 
*not removed – executive interference
*secretly maintains status quo

QUANGO is a byword for:
*Wasteful bureaucracy
*Lack of Democratic Accountability
*Patronage
*Influence

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