November 25, 2014

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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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Now Anchor wants to grab a £160,000 house manager flat … for £10,000

After Carlex revealed that Hanover had sold 21 house manager flats, the cash-strapped Anchor is proposing to do the same. Residents at Welland Mews, in Stamford in Lincolnshire, were this morning asked whether they want to continue with a resident house manager as the post is vacant. If they agree to this a formal ballot […]

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Telegraph reproduces press release over retirement housing

The Daily Telegraph has today reproduced a press release about the retirement housing sector, this time from construction analysts Glenigan. In full here “There is no doubt that potential demand for these types of property is large, and is only set to grow.

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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 […]

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My contingency fund fee on sale paid to modify these six-month old gates

The Carlex reader “Fleeced” thinks contingency fund fees paid on sale are a rip-off and Carlex is wrong not to oppose them. She bought and sold a flat after only six months and had to pay out her contingency fund contribution. Worse, it was needed to pay for new underground carpark gates which might reasonably have […]

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There she blows! Good Admiral Entwistle is heading for FirstPort … but is Capt’n Barbossa still aboard?

By Martin Boyd Last Friday Carlex formally met with Peverel CEO Janet Entwistle at the Houses of Parliament. This time in addition to Sir Peter Bottomley the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick, was able to join the meeting with LKP/CARLEX representatives Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd. Of course, Janet Entwistle pointed to […]

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Elim Court fails to win epic right to manage on appeal

Residents not informed of court decision of a month ago What are the freeholder’s legal costs? Right To Manage Federation has said it would pay   Elim Court’s battle to break free of London freeholder Israel Moskovitz and his associate Joseph Gurvits has failed on appeal to the Upper Tribunal. The ruling on the right […]

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Bottomley’s hard-hitting speech at Chartered Institute of Housing

Prepared speech by Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Worthing West) to the Chartered Institute of Housing Thursday October 9 2014 EVERY residential leasehold forfeiture should be reported to the Master of the Rolls Forfeiture is “nuclear weapon” in the hands of unscrupulous freeholders and judges “have the responsibility of having a sense of proportion” Evidence of […]

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