December 19, 2014

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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 […]

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Leaseholder Association: Is secret mediation really the cure-all for leasehold?

UPDATE Dudley Joiner demands removal of Leaseholder Association leaflet published on LKP / Carlex Dudley Joiner, of the Leasehold Association, has insisted that the letter explaining the organisation be removed from the LKP / Carlex websites.He claims it is a breach of copyright to reproduce the document, which was purportedly sent to all “invitees” – […]

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‘Glib-tongued’ Cirrus in £26,071 works at Homefarris House

This letter from resident Anne Curran was posted in a comment on LKP, but is of more relevance to Carlex. Any advice can be posted below, or send to admin@carlex.org.uk, and it will be forwarded. Doubtless after the issue has been raised publicly the dissidents of Homefarris House can expect a visit from the balm-dispensers at […]

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Cooee! Peverel becomes FirstPort and is heading for ARMA-Q … But will it be welcome?

Like the unwanted guest at a party, Peverel has put on some outlandish new clothes and now seeks to crash ARMA-Q. It is rolling out its new FirstPort brand, which means when you click on the Peverel website you are passed on to a new site. The change in name is taking place a year […]

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Quadrangle House residents seek to regain control of their RTM

The residents of Quadrangle House in Stratford east London last week chose a number of directors for their right to manage company. They were seeking to end the anomaly that the only director has been Dudley Joiner, owner of Team Property Management, which manages the site. His Right To Manage Federation, which is not a […]

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CMA: easier right to manage, re-tendering property management when residents choose, changes to major works rules … but no statutory regulation of block managers

… And CMA may re-examine sector if no improvements Below is the press release of the Competition and Markets Authority, whose report into property management was released today at 11am. LKP / Carlex will be providing a full analysis later. Jim Fitzpatrick, LKP patron and Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse said: “The CMA report […]

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No change over Cirrus scam, says Entwistle, even though suing Peverel is an open goal for 65 sites

Janet Entwistle, the chief executive of Peverel (soon to be reborn as FirstPort), has ruled out mediation with retirement residents scammed in the Cirrus collusive tendering scandal. Any “unhappy individuals” should make a complaint directly to her, she says in minutes of a meeting with Carlex on October 10. Having orchestrated a price-fixing racket for […]

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We launch leasehold manifesto … as housing minister thanks LKP / Carlex for 4.1m leasehold figure

As LKP / Carlex issues its all-party election manifesto, the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis this week recognised our work in completely revising official figures concerning leasehold properties. “I understand that the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has worked closely with my officials to enable the publication of more accurate data on the number of residential dwellings in […]

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Metcalfe Court breaks free from Peverel with right to manage success

Metcalfe Court, a retirement site in Romiley in Cheshire is the latest Peverel managed retirement site to win right to manage. Yesterday the Tchenguiz Family Trust withdrew its counter-notices to the RTM notifications which means the RTM will take over management of the block on February 20 next year. The result vindicates the efforts of […]

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Will Lord Best’s proposals produce a healthy retirement housing market …

… Or help perpetuate what is already wrong with it? – Government should underwrite retirement flat purchases like Help To Buy scheme – There should not be any stamp duty when downsizing – Schemes where some service charges are deferred until a property is sold should be ‘made available more widely’ – Retirement accommodation offers huge savings over maintaining family […]

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Should the RTMF take Elim Court’s flawed right to manage application on to the Court of Appeal?

Carlex / LKP has serious concerns about events at Elim Court in Plymouth, whose right to manage application failed on appeal last month. The application is being handled for the residents by the Right To Manage Federation, headed by Dudley Joiner, which has repeatedly stated that it is assuming all legal costs in the matter.

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Three MPs are patrons as Carlex applies to register as formal charity

Sir Peter Bottomley, the Rt Hon Ed Davey and Jim Fitzpatrick have agreed to be patrons of Carlex / Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, which are now formally a charity and is in the process of obtaining recognition by the Charity Commission. The involvement of the three MPs – one in the Cabinet and two ex-ministers – […]

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If Peverel Retirement is admitted to ARMA-Q, what message does that send thousands of cheated pensioners?

Ten months after being found guilty by the OFT of systematically cheating residents in retirement sites, Peverel Retirement is now lining up to join ARMA-Q. This is the new ethically enhanced membership scheme that ARMA hopes will demonstrate greater professional rigour in leasehold management. The announcement will be a shock for the ARHM (Association of Retirement […]

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Letter from Arkle Court

UPDATE: November 3 2014 A spokesperson from McCarthy & Stone said: “While the slight defects with the gables at Arkle Court fall outside of our 10-year warranty period, we are committed to addressing this issue as quickly as possible for the benefit of homeowners. “We instructed independent structural engineers to carry out an inspection of […]

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