September 23, 2017

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Resale disaster zone: Burlington Court in Bridlington, where one flat has sold for £36,000

5 flats sold for less than £50,000. 12 flats less than £60,001 The dismal state of retirement flat resales is starkly illustrated by figures from the Land Registry concerning Burlington Court in Bridlington. Five of the flats here have been sold for less than £50,000; seven of the flats have sold for less than £60,000. […]

Elderly Accommodation Counsel says half new-build retirement flats fall in value on resale

BBC R4 MoneyBox today claims that around half of new build retirement homes sold during a 10-year period were later re-sold at a loss. This has long been a concern of BetterRetirementHousing.com, formerly the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation. In all our criticisms of resale prices we have relied solely on unarguable data from the […]

Ground rents are essential to McCarthy and Stone’s business model

… but leaseholders are concerned it is selling freeholds to anonymous buyers … McCarthy and Stone complains about ‘right to reply’ to LKP / Better Retirement Housing articles McCarthy and Stone told The Times yesterday that there would be fewer of its form of retirement flats if the government reduces ground rents to a minimal […]

Legal & General snaps up Inspired Retirement Villages

Luxury Retirement Villages in Warwick & Cheshire | Inspired Villages Inspired Villages in Warwick and Cheshire offers a collection of beautiful apartments with five-star facilities for that luxury retirement lifestyle. In another sign that new blood is eager to enter the retirement housing market, Legal and General has just snapped up Inspired Retirement Villages. It […]

Pensioners hammered with 88% rise in ground rents

… Often in sites with dismal resale values Thousands of pensioners living in older retirement properties are facing a massive hike in ground rents: 88 per cent is not unusual. The older leases of mass retirement housing builder McCarthy and Stone are kicking in with huge hikes in ground rents. Ground rents at Churchill sites […]

Our ground rents are fair, says McCarthy and Stone (even though they go up to £600 and are for no service whatsoever)

DCLG Consultation Paper On Leasehold And Ground Rents – Statement – McCarthy & Stone See our response to the DCLG consultation paper on Leasehold and Ground Rents It is a fair bet that McCarthy and Stone will be making a strong submission to the DCLG into the leasehold houses and ground rent scandals firmly urging […]

FirstPort’s estate agency Retirement Homesearch sees rise in homes for sale

UK Retirement Property Market, Q1 2017 | FirstPort FirstPort, the UK’s leading retirement property specialist releases its latest 2017 quarterly review of the UK market and beyond. Retirement Homesearch, the estate agency of FirstPort, claims it is seeing a very small rise on last year for new instructions and current stock levels. Nick Freeth, Managing […]

Elim Court: If you want right to manage, this is how NOT to go about it

Elim Court in Plymouth has escaped from its right to manage debacle by the skin of its teeth, having been led to near ruin by right to manage facilitators. After having had its right to manage application turned down in the lower tribunal (freeholder’s costs: £10,000) and then thrown out by the upper tribunal (freeholder’s […]

4% of McCarthy and Stone earnings come from ground rents

The announcement yesterday by Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary, that he is to ban the sale of leasehold houses and reduce ground rents on new properties to “as low as” zero resulted from months of work by the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. It will have a marked effect on McCarthy and Stone, according to an article in […]

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Goodbye, Carlex. Hello, Better Retirement Housing

Not without sadness, the trustees of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership have decided to close the website of the Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation. It has been replaced with a new site called Better Retirement Housing, www.betterretirementhousing.com This site includes all the news archives and comments of the old website. We had been feeling for some […]

LKP patron Sir Ed Davey returns to Parliament

LKP’s LibDem patron Sir Ed Davey was returned to Parliament at the election for the Conservative held seat Kingston and Surbiton. He rejoins Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative, Worthing West, and Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour, Poplar and Limehouse, after having lost his seat in the 2015 election. LKP warmly welcomes the return to public life of Sir […]

DCLG stakeholders hear of ‘calamitous’ Law Commission report on exit fees

The DCLG leasehold stakeholders’ group was told yesterday that the Law Commission report into exit and other fees published earlier this month was ‘calamitous’. The study had come about following the Office of Fair Trading investigations into the retirement housing sector. One concerned the systematic cheating of pensioners over the Peverel / Cirrus collusive tendering […]

FirstPort fined £360,000 over fatal fire at Gibson Court

The property management company FirstPort was fined £360,000 today over the fatal fire at Gibson Court on September 30 2011. More here The full sentence is not available at this time. The following statement has been provided to Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / LKP by FirstPort chief executive Nigel Howell. “We are sincerely sorry […]

Law Commission: you will create an investment asset class, not protections for pensioners

Martin Boyd replies to Stephen Lewis, of the Law Commission, on his report into retirement housing event fees We are a tiny charity that you kindly credit as being one of the key drivers in initiating your work with event fee project. Unlike others we were not part of your advisory panel, but we have […]

My granny’s Audley Retirement home ‘was a money pit’ costing £48,000 in exit fees

The Sunday Times yesterday published a powerful article by Harriet Meyer revealing how her family spent £48,160 in fees on selling at Audley Retirement flat. Audley Retirement is one of the upmarket providers in the sector, which Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation has long argued has even greater exploitative practices at the higher end than […]

Law Commission’s tokenistic report helps retirement house builders and freehold investors, not families needing to house a relative

Only 2 per cent of UK over-65s live in specialist retirement housing – against 12 per cent in USA and 17 per cent in Australia – and there is no reason for more to do so because of today’s report from the Law Commission. It does not address the scandals of the retirement housing sector, […]

Israel Moskovitz humiliated as Elim Court wins right to manage in Court of Appeal

Elim Court, a retirement site in Plymouth, learned today that it had won its epic battle for right to manage in the Court of Appeal against its landlord Israel Moskovitz. His Avon Freeholds Limited managed the site through Y and Y Management, run by business associate Joseph Gurvits. Y and Y is a management company […]

Fryzer Property Services lifts ‘ban’ on relatives at major works meeting

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 Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation. We in turn referred the […]

Victoria Derbyshire told ‘we must end cheating speculators in leasehold housing’

Shady speculators in UK property assets including residential freeholds were raised on the BBC TV’s Victoria Derbyshire show yesterday.  It can be viewed here at 1:44 Sebastian O’Kelly, of LKP, said in an interview: “We are told that residential freeholds are bought by pension funds and that it pays for your and my pensions. “Absolute […]

‘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 […]

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