April 28, 2017

‘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,” […]

The day the Leasehold Advisory Service was returned to leaseholders

– Sector insiders paying £350 each at LEASE’s ‘annual conference’ are told by housing minister Gavin Barwell that leaseholders are the priority – It will be given the funds to do its job properly without pandering to the commercial interests in leasehold – Onerous ground rents wrong, says minister. But chartered surveyor valuers tell audience how to […]

57% of leaseholders regret buying their property, finds Leasehold Advisory Service

And two-thirds of leaseholders don’t feel they get a good service from their managing agent These are two of the results of the survey of leaseholders – and RMC directors –by the Leasehold Advisory Service. According to the LEASE website, the leasehold survey “is a tool designed to support the sector and not a commercial or […]

Spot the difference: questions to LEASE, questions to Carlex / LKP

The Leasehold Advisory Service has produced its top 20 list of most frequently asked questions. They seem to be more anodyne and uncontroversial than the sort that we routinely receive, so we have decided to do our own list below. Unlike LEASE, we have no interest in trying to square a circle and demonstrate that […]

LEASE uses debt-collecting Brady Solicitors for leaseholder survey

The Leasehold Advisory Service has dismayed key leasehold groups by handing over an important survey of leaseholders to Brady Solicitors, in Nottingham. The survey aims to gauge leaseholder satisfaction, with a particular emphasis at blocks of flats run by resident management companies and RTMs. In other words, data concerning the most empowered leaseholder-controlled sites in […]

Re-energised LEASE annual conference 2015

A re-energised and confident Leasehold Advisory Service held its LEASE annual conference 2015 in central London last Wednesday. It was a gathering of some of the brightest – perhaps most socially engaged – of the players in the professional leasehold world: lawyers, surveyors, property tribunal judges, property managers. For the third time – and it […]

Roger Southam ‘conflict of interest’ as LEASE chair, leaseholder tells housing minister

A leaseholder in north London today has written to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis saying that the appointment of Roger Southam as chairman of LEASE creates a “serious conflict of interest”. Agnes Kory, who copied her email in to MPs Glenda Jackson MP and Sir Peter Bottomley, as well as the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, lives at […]

London LEASE conference on February 4

The annual conference of the Leasehold Advisory Service takes place on February 4. The free evening conference for leaseholders takes place from 18.15 and the venue is: etc venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD Those wishing to attend need to pre-register here LEASE says: “This conference aims to inform, educate and offer support […]

Interview with LEASE chairman Roger Southam

Carlex / LKP welcomes the appointment of Roger Southam, a successful block managing agent, as chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Changes have long been required at the quango, and at least we can now have dialogue with someone who has publicly and repeatedly acknowledged that there are defects in the sector. Roger has spoken […]

Roger Southam is new chairman of LEASE

… and Countrywide executive appointed to the board (which means there is still no representative of leaseholders) The colourful property manager Roger Southam, of Chainbow, is today announced as the new chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Mr Southam, a chartered surveyor, founded Chainbow but sold out most, perhaps all, its residential management contracts to Trinity […]

Now LEASE survival is at stake, it decides to meet the leaseholders

The taxpayer-funded Leasehold Advisory Service organised its first wide-ranging “stakeholder” meeting last Thursday to understand how it can best get feedback from the sector. LKP / Carlex would question why it wants this feedback in the first place, given that LEASE has said absolutely NOTHING about abuses in the sector and left this task entirely […]