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The ban came from Fryzer Property Services, but has now been rescinded after indignant residents contacted Carlex.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 MP, who happens to be Carlex patron Sir Peter Bottomley.
Robert Fryzer MRICS MIRPM wrote to Sir Peter today: “… we would advise that we will amend the notice relating to the leaseholder meeting, and allow this to be open to all leaseholders and their representatives, carers, friends and other authorised person. They will be able to express views and ask questions as requested.”
The ban on relatives and friends attending came in a letter to “all leaseholders” to discuss major works including external decoration; internal decoration of the lobby; the grounds; and solar panels.
“So there is no misunderstanding, this meeting is for leaseholders only. Friends, relatives or carers will not be allowed to attend.”
Mr Fryzer explained to Sir Peter that the purpose of the meeting was “to improve communication with leaseholders, and allow open discussion. We did not wish the meeting to be disrupted by the actions of other non-leaseholder’s friends or relatives.
“We agree and support actions relating to fairness when managing blocks of flats, and would not condone any actions relating to greed or unfairness.”
This Oakland Court, on the Goring Road, is not to be confused with the more celebrated “legal torture” one in Gratwicke Street, where resident John Fenwick won back £67,000 in excess service charges and gameplaying of the freeholders’ lawyers prompted Sir Peter to reference “legal torture” in the Commons.
That triumph for leaseholders in retirement sites can be read here: http://www.carlex.
The ban letter:FRYZERMEETINGBAN