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Archives for November 2012

Plantation Wharf pensioner wins 28-day reprieve on forfeiture of £800k flat

… but the legal feeding frenzy continues with a £4,000 bill Dennis Jackson, 73, escaped forfeiture today of his £800,000 flat at the Plantation Wharf in Battersea. In a five-minute hearing Deputy District Judge Cole brushed aside arguments from Alexander Bastin, the barrister representing the freeholders and Plantation Wharf Management Limited, who demanded forfeiture of […]

Housing Minister Mark Prisk holds leasehold meeting with Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation – but keep pestering MPs!

After years of banging on a closed door, Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / Leasehold Knowledge Partnership held a meeting with Housing Minister Mark Prisk (left) yesterday. But Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation activists are urged to keep pressing MPs (and copy us in to your correspondence!) As a result of the meeting, the minister […]

Pensioners in their 80s stage their escape from Gurvits

A retirement development in Plymouth launches its third attempt to obtain right to manage on December 11 to escape from London landlord/ managing agent Joseph Gurvits. Gurvits and his associate Israel Moskovitz, who operate out of the same address in north London, picked up the freehold of Elim Court nearly two years ago and added […]

Pensioner blames Peverel for loss of value to her flat

A pensioner who blames Peverel for reducing the value of her leasehold flat is having the case heard by mediators on December 11. And head of Peverel Retirement Keith Edgar – who leaves Peverel in December – is attending the hearing himself. For five years, Muriel McNally, 75, has been fighting the action, involving local […]

At Knights Court fire safety is too precious for Peverel to put a price on

Residents at Knights Court in Coventry were not happy to get a poster on their notice board earlier this month to say they are going to have to pay more for a fire risk assessment. In the past Peverel included the assessments as part of the service charges. Now they are to be farmed out […]

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation campaign reported in Mail on Sunday

An excellent article yesterday on the state of Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation’s campaign and retirement leasehold in the Mail on Sunday. It was written by Richard Dyson and is the second piece by Richard on leasehold in two weeks. It can be read here. Entitled ‘I beat bullying managing agents on excessive charges’: Retirement home owners […]

Pensioner who defied service charges faces forfeiture of his £800,000 flat

By Sebastian O’Kelly A pensioner faces having his £800,000 flat in one of London’s prime riverside developments forfeited by court order for refusing to pay service charges that he could not understand. Astonishingly, the court action on November 28 is being pursued by the pensioner’s own neighbours in Plantation Wharf, Battersea – who may shortly […]

‘Drive your MPs nearly mad to change leasehold,’ says Baroness Gardner

Around 250 leaseholders met in London tonight to hear Baroness Gardner of Parkes say that reform of the troubled sector is at last very much on the political agenda. “But to see this through you must keep on campaigning: make a real nuisance of yourselves,” she told the audience. “You have to drive MPs nearly mad […]

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / LKP leasehold websites top 70,000 page views a month

The Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation and Leasehold Knowledge Partnership websites have confirmed their position as a vital information resource for ordinary leaseholders. Figures from Awstats show that the combined readership of the LKP / Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation websites topped 70,000 page views in October. This is an astonishing number and shows that […]

Young barrister who won ‘legal torture’ case nominated for an award

The young barrister who represented for free the pensioners in the notorious ‘legal torture’ case at Oakland Court in Worthing is up for an award. Stephanie Smith, a barrister in her twenties, defeated Justin Bates, who was acting for the freehold-owning landlord and is a more senior lawyer in her Arden Chambers. Bates is an […]