June 21, 2018

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Clive Fenton to stand down as CEO of McCarthy and Stone after profits slump

Is the ground rent ban responsible? Sebastian O’Kelly I guess when you stand down as boss of a publicly quoted retirement housing company that has seen profits fall from £110 million to £65-£80 the headline-writing punsters are not going to miss a trick. So, Clive Fenton, 60, McCarthy and Stone’s CEO, is being “pensioned off” […]

Anti-ground rent trade body ARCO snubbed at retirement housing conference … (along with us, less surprisingly)

The anti-ground rent trade body ARCO has been snubbed and left uninvited by retirement housing insiders at a City law firm conference next Wednesday to discuss whether a Retirement Housing Act is needed. The Association of Retirement Community Operators, whose members build and manage their retirement housing and care sites for the long term, has […]

Points to consider when buying a new retirement flat …

By Michael Epstein There can be no doubt that the new build and post 2010(non Firstport managed) McCarthy & Stone developments offer very good facilities are well managed and can offer residents a good quality of life. Increasingly extra services are being offered designated as “Assisted Living” No one can expect these services to come […]

LKP helps raise £14,682 for park home champion Sonia McColl OBE

Dear LKP and all the wonderful people who have helped me, Your amazing gestures of kindness have raised £14.682 pounds and I can not adequately say how grateful I am to you all. However, I hope you will all know how much it helps when a vital part of your life is stolen and you […]

Anchor and Hanover in talks to merge

Two housing associations which also build and sell private leasehold retirement properties are planning to merge. It is claimed that the proposed merger would make both organisations more efficient and allow economies of scale in employing contractors. A leaflet sent to residents of the associations says of the merger: “A new bigger organisation would be […]

Tchenguiz brothers fall out among themselves, says The Times

The Tchenguiz brothers – who before the crash were among the most powerful corporate players in the UK – are litigating again: this time among themselves, according to today’s Times. The dispute centres on the Tchenguiz Family Trust, based in the British Virgin Islands, which at one point claimed to own one per cent of […]

Please exempt retirement housebuilders from ground rent ban, pleads Sir Desmond Swayne

Senior Tory MP Sir Desmond Swaine has pleaded with the Communities Secretary to consider exempting volume retirement housebuilders from the ban on new ground rents. The MP for New Forest West – coincidentally not far from McCarthy and Stone’s Trump-style HQ in Bournemouth – asked in the Tuesday housing debate: “On new build leaseholds, is […]

Complain to Advertising Standards Authority about misleading ‘home ownership’ when applied to retirement leasehold tenancies

A veteran leasehold campaigner from Carlex earliest days, Susan Wood, has just repeated a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about leasehold tenancies being described as “home ownership” that she first made in 2012. Her first complaint concerned Churchill Retirement. Now she complains about McCarthy and Stone describing their flats in an advert in Saga […]

Love over 50: something we can agree about with McCarthy and Stone

Respect where it is due. Well done McCarthy and Stone for promoting love over 50. Here is the link to the full article: Dating for over 50s: how to find love in later life – McCarthy & Stone Love in later life can seem daunting. If you’ve been married for some years and are recently […]

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Dear Mr Fenton: I don’t regret my purchase at Rosewood Court, but ‘leasehold is a rip-off’

All re-sales at Rosewood Court should falls in value from new, with several down £50-£60,000. The highest fall is flat 21 showing a fall from February 2004 to May 2017 of £81,500 Clive Fenton, CEO, McCarthy & Stone Dear Mr Fenton, My late wife and I purchased a McCarthy & Stone retirement flat at Rosewood […]

McCarthy and Stone: we want you to succeed, but you don’t need ground rents

By Sebastian O’Kelly Trustee, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership The retirement house builder McCarthy and Stone says that it is struggling, the newspapers are reporting. Profits are down more than 50 per cent for the first half of this year. And it is worried about the long-term implications of the government’s undertaking to reform ground rents, setting […]

Park home pensioners demand MPs dump the British Holiday and Home Parks Association from its All Party Parliamentary Group

Pensioners in park homes are demanding that MPs dump the British Holiday and Home Parks Association trade body be dumped as secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group that was set up to protect residents. The British Holiday and Home Parks Association is the organisation of the site owners! The APPG on park homes is […]

FirstPort Retirement is admitted to ARMA – finally

The controversial FirstPort Retirement managing agent has been admitted into the Association of Residential Managing Agents FirstPort, formerly Peverel, was responsible for systematically cheating pensioners in retirement sites which resulted in an Office of Fair Trading ruling of bid rigging in December 2014. The scandal involved its subsidiary Cirrus competing for expensive electronic door entry […]

ARCO snubs McCarthy and Stone / Churchill by saying there is no need for ground rents

The trade body the Association of Retirement Community Operators announced yesterday that ground rents are “not essential” in retirement housing and it backs the government in ending them. The announcement directly contradicts McCarthy and Stone and Churchill. Both have argued that they need ground rents for the viability of retirement housing projects and without them […]

£4,000 sublet fee at Butler’s Place

The highest sublet fees LKP has encountered exist at the retirement site Butler’s Place, in Milford, in Surrey. In some retirement leases subletting fees of 1 per cent of the purchase price or value of a flat are charged at each subletting. In theory this means that if you have, say, three tenancies in a […]

At last media take up theft of Sonia McColl OBE’s mobile home

Today we have at last got the theft of the mobile home of Sonia McColl OBE into the national media, with a brilliant report by Melanie Abbot on BBC R4 You & Yours. The item can be heard at below at 19.22, and LKP thanks Melanie Abbot for this report, and many others concerning leasehold […]

Park home champion Sonia McColl OBE has her own home stolen!

UPDATE: November 29 2017: The Sun newspaper has now reported this story: Widow’s horror after thieves steal her entire MOTOR HOME A WIDOW has had her £30,000 motor home stolen, left with just the curtains she was hoping to install in her new home. Sonia McColl, 70, said she had been left feeling vulnerable after […]

Sebastian O’Kelly addresses the retirement property managers. Were you lynched? No, they agreed: leasehold ‘granny flats’ have no future

Not a single voice was uttered in favour of the leasehold volume retirement flat model at the annual conference of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers. The keynote speaker was Sebastian O’Kelly, joint trustee of LKP and director of BetterRetirementHousing.com, who said: “The era of knocking out “granny flats”, loading the leases with sneaky fees […]

ARHM cannot see a future in traditional ‘granny flat’ volume retirement sales

Annual conference hears why renting, mutuals or guaranteed buy-back schemes are more attractive than leasehold flat sales Not one attempt was made to defend the volume retirement housing business model as it came under sustained attack at the annual conference of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers last week. The keynote speaker Sebastian O’Kelly, of […]

A second backbench debate on leasehold issues

An application for a backbench debate on leasehold issues is due to be heard on Tuesday 21st November 2017 http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/backbench-business-committee/ The application asks the committee to consider: The APPG on leasehold and commonhold reform continues to grow and to date has 127 members. Government recently issued both a consultation and a call for evidence on […]

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