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Archives for July 2012

More than 50 leaseholder representatives gather in Worthing

More than 50 leaseholders attended a meeting in Worthing last week to hear John Fenwick explain how he managed to win a legal battle over £137,000 of service charges at his retirement development in the town. The fees concerned the notional rent for the house manager’s flat at Oakland Court, and dated back to the […]

Fraudster managing agent gets 30 months jail after using leaseholders’ cash to fund high life in Chelsea

Simon van Houten, 31, was given a 30-month prison sentence at the Old Bailey this afternoon after pleading guilty to stealing £122,000 from leasehold service charge accounts held by London managing agent Rendall and Rittner. Van Houten carried out the fraud for two years between 2008 and 2010 by issuing invoices for a bogus maintenance […]

We are not going to protect leaseholders’ funds because … well, that’s what the last government wanted to do

The House of Lords was told today that key clauses in the legislation that would help protect leaseholders’ funds that are controlled by managing agents won’t come into force because this was the Labour government’s policy. This was the explanation from Baroness Hanham, Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government, why the Section […]

Leaseholders’ meeting this evening in Worthing (July 25)

John Fenwick, who won the £137,000 LVT action at Oakland Court in Worthing, and Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation chairman Sebastian O’Kelly are to address an open meeting for leaseholders on July 25. The event takes place at 6.15pm on Wednesday evening at the Chatsworth Hotel and all are welcome. Fenwick, 65, will tell how […]

After £122,000 fraud, Baroness Gardner demands protection of leaseholders’ money held by managing agents

Following the conviction of fraudster Simon van Houten, 31, the Rendall and Rittner managing agent who “can expect a custodial sentence” for stealing £122,000 next Thursday, Baroness Gardner of Parkes is calling for leaseholder funds to be protected. Next Monday in the House of Lords, she is to ask the Government to introduce a transparent […]

OFT promises ‘substantive announcement’ on exit fees in August

A letter to a Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation activist reveals that the Office of Fair Trading, whose seemingly interminable investigation into exit fees has lasted three years, will be making a “substantive announcement” in August. The news comes in a letter of July 11 from Martin Harvey, of the “Retirement Homes Investigation Team”. But […]

Sort out LVTs and keep on exposing leasehold ‘legal torture’, says Sir Peter Bottomley

Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative MP for Worthing West, praised those who have been exposing leasehold abuses in a statement to the Commons this afternoon. He also called on the government to examine the process of Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and asked for a written ministerial statement on their workings to be provided in September. He cited […]

No regulation, but I may make changes to leasehold, says Shapps

Housing minister Grant Shapps has ruled out statutory regulation of the leasehold sector, but may well introduce measures to improve Leasehold Valuation Tribunals. Furthermore, an announcement on the fraught issue of “exit fees” in the leasehold retirement sector, which are payable when a flat is sold, can be expected soon. These have been the subject […]

Gurvits / Moskovitz face RTM rebellion at retirement site in Plymouth

Two retirement developments in Plymouth are seeking to exercise right to manage against their North London managing agent and freehold owner: Joseph Gurvits and Israel Moskovitz. The residents are also contacting their local Tory MP, Oliver Colvile. No reasons need to be given for RTM as it is a no fault process. The freehold owning […]

‘Much to be proud of’ … Keith Edgar is leaving Peverel

Keith Edgar, head of Peverel Retirement, is leaving the company and house managers have been posting the news on noticeboards at Peverel sites. This is Keith’s valediction on the Peverel website: “After almost 20 fantastic years at the Peverel Group I have made the difficult decision to move on to a new challenge. It’s been […]

Cameron wades into retirement dispute in his Witney constituency … but what about the rest of us?

David Cameron stepped into a row at a retirement development in his own Witney constituency where the freeholder is the Tchenguiz’s owned Retirement Care (BH) Limited and the managing agent was Peverel. Both appear to have bent over backwards to accommodate the prime minister, and – remarkably – Peverel walked away without fighting the issues. […]

John Fenwick and Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation to address free leaseholders’ talk at Worthing on July 25

John Fenwick, who won the £137,000 LVT action at Oakland Court in Worthing, is to address a free conference for leaseholders in the town on July 25. He is to be joined by Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation chairman Sebastian O’Kelly, who is also director of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. Fenwick, 65, will discuss how […]