May 5, 2015

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Michelle Banks quits property managers’ trade body ARMA

Michelle Banks, the ARMA chief executive, is to step down in July. The announcement to ARMA members comes from ARMA chairman Martin Perry. “ … sadly I have to announce that Michelle Banks will not be joining us in this next phase [of ARMA-Q] having taken the decision to join her husband in retirement. “Michelle […]

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We save money living at Woodchester Valley Village … but then we do all own it ourselves

When his retirement village outside Stroud, in Gloucestershire, went bust – with many of the leasehold properties unsold – Peter Wilson and the other residents decided to buy the site off the administrators, raised £2 million and now run the site themselves. The result is Woodchester Valley Village, a mutual ‘not for profit’ retirement village. What the elderly residents […]

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Pier Management sends £120 subletting demand to the dead …

… Which did not even need to be paid by the living Leasehold reached a new low with Pier Management demanding a subletting fee from a man who is dead. Nor was a sublet fee payable had Mr A Gaffney, of Dublin, been alive. Pier Management admitted it had not read the lease before demanding […]

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Three MPs that are worth voting for if you are a leaseholder

Carlex / LKP has no political affiliation, and our three MP patrons – Sir Peter Bottomley, Jim Fitzpatrick and Ed Davey – come from the three main political parties. The below explains what they have done for leaseholders: Sir Peter Bottomley (Conservative) represents Worthing West, which has a high number of flats and retirement sites. […]

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Telegraph asks: Should you really buy a retirement property?

The Daily Telegraph yesterday published an excellent balancing article to the usual advert-friendly dross that accompanies features on retirement housing. It can be read here. Please do comment on it (and here, of course). Written by Fleet Street veteran Liz Hodgkinson, the article addresses the points raised by Carlex – which every would-be buyer of […]

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ARMA ends four-month farce after finally saying who its members are …

But don’t feel any obligation to join on our account! ARMA has finally published a list of its full members – more than four months after making the more rigorous ARMA-Q the criteria for membership. Until today, the only clue as to who was a member of ARMA was the stream of congratulations posted on […]

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Whistleblowers to the Serious Fraud Office ‘wasting their time’

Bad news for LKP / Carlex, our MP patrons, and anyone else who cares about the Sisyphean labour of trying to encourage integrity and honesty in our corporate governance. The law firm Pinsent Masons has found that 2,500 whistleblowers approached the Serious Fraud Office, but that only resulted in a dozen investigations. No great surprise, […]

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Court of Appeal throws right to manage law into chaos

UPDATED with analysis of the decision below Right to manage legislation is in chaos following Friday’s Court of Appeal decision to prevent RTM companies from managing more than one building at a site. The decision drives a hole through current RTM legislation and, in LKP’s view, can only be addressed with primary legislation. It means […]

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Recognised tenants’ association should be easier to form

… because they can examine the books LKP / Carlex is very pleased the government has launched a consultation on “Making it easier for leaseholders to gain recognition of a tenants association”. A recognised tenants’ association has one significant power: it can call in an auditor to examine the accounts.

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Too expensive to give figures on leasehold forfeiture, says Ministry of Justice

Emma Reynolds, Labour’s shadow housing minister, has discovered that no one knows how many cases of leasehold forfeiture take place – and it would be too expensive to find out. The astonishing admission came from the Ministry of Justice in one of the last parliamentary questions of the session.

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Leasehold mediation from commercial operators backed by government

Both Eric Pickles and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis gave a final “vote for us” message to leaseholders earlier this week with a resume of their achievements. In truth, they add up to very little and the only real reason not to vote against the government is because of almost no sign of life on leasehold […]

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Jones Associates takes over Oakford Court

Jones Associates, of Macclesfield, fresh from a right to manage marathon with Tchenguiz / Peverel, have taken over the management at Oakford Court, in Glossop. The 27-flat retirement site was managed by Peverel after it was built, and then by a small, private company. Residents felt the site had suffered and wanted a change.

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Carlex and LEASE thank DCLG civil servant for helping leaseholders

Carlex and LEASE jointly held a party last night to thank Paula Hassall, a DCLG civil servant, for her contribution to helping leaseholders. Paula was appointed to the leasehold section 13 months ago and helped bring about significant improvements to the leasehold sector. Sadly, she leaves at the end of this week to join the DCLG devolution […]

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Lord Ahmad rejects easier right to manage – contradicting the Budget statement on the same day

Recommendations by the Competition and Markets Authority to make right to manage applications less problematic appear to have been rejected by the government. The rebuff came the same day of the Budget speech (March 18) that said the government “will take forward CMA recommendations, and other actions agreed with the CMA, to improve the market […]

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We must stop freeholders and their managing agents ‘abusing’ leaseholders, says Bottomley in Budget debate

Sir Peter Bottomley intervened in the Budget debate yesterday calling for adequate resources to protect leaseholders from predatory freeholders and the managing agents that they employ. He also repeated his call for Parliament to bring in “commonhold properly” and stop perpetuating the flawed leasehold system.

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Stop keep asking who our members are, ARMA tells pensioner

Michael Hollands, an indefatigable letter-writer on retirement leasehold issues, has been told to stop writing to ARMA for to find out who are the current members of the trade body. The ARMA membership has been in a state of confusion since the January 1, the supposed deadline for application through the more rigorous ARMA-Q membership […]

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Peverel / FirstPort pays back £39,377 wrongly taken from Hillside Court, but residents say another £3,498 is owed

UPDATE March 12 2015: The residents estimate that the underpayment still outstanding now amount to £4148, not £3,498. The amendment concerns a flat sold in August 2001. Carlex strongly advises the residents not to accept that this matter is concluded until all the data is thoroughly examined, ideally by a third party.  This money is […]

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