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Archives for December 2012

Court case over Fairhold £1,150 exit fees

A courtroom battle over £1,150 paid in exit fees takes place on January 2, which may prove good news for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust & Buglife which will be getting the money if the action is successful. Susan Wood is demanding back the 1 per cent exit fee paid to Fairhold, a freehold owning company […]

Complacent and lazy letter on leasehold from junior minister Don Foster against retirement leasehold exploitation supporters in Yeovil have received a woefully complacent letter from government minister Don Foster after raising retirement leasehold issues with their MP, David Laws. In spite of all the efforts of Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation, Age UK, assorted trade bodies and the British Property Federation, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of […]

Pensioner in £3,500 LVT win complains that managing agent sits on tribunal panel

A pensioner who won £3,500 at a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal has made a formal complaint that Benjamin Mire, who runs a large property management company and was criticised in the case, also sits on the same local LVT as a panel member. “This is a clear conflict of interest and affronts every notion of justice […]

Fury at Anchor Trust allowing sub-letting as retirement leasehold market turns sour

Residents at an upmarket retirement development in Oxfordshire are incensed that the Anchor Trust appears to be intent on permitting sub-letting even though this may be in breach of the lease. In a nationwide policy, Anchor Trust is allowing leaseholders, or their executors, to rent the properties in exchange for a fee of £175 plus […]

Elim Court pensioners must wait until New Year before hearing whether they are free of Gurvits

Pensioners at Elim Court in Plymouth must wait until the New Year to discover whether they were successful in yesterday’s LVT action to win right to manage from London freeholder / managing agent Joseph Gurvits. It is the pensioners’ third attempt to mount a right to manage application, and the second to have come before […]

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation meets McCarthy and Stone, but let’s talk about making the leases fair

OPINION Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation has declined this afternoon to participate in talks over a new consumer charter with developer McCarthy and Stone – but is quite happy to discuss more substantive matters. The offer was suggested at an informal, agenda-less meeting in which several issues were raised between Sebastian O’Kelly and the new company […]

ARHM: Are we really that bad?

Leasehold: Are we really that bad? was the promising title of the Winter Seminar of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM) held in Westminster this afternoon. But it quickly became clear that ARHM was not going to engage in a bout of self-criticism. Indeed, there was no sign from the organisation’s hierarchy that there […]

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / LKP websites top 100,000 page views in November

November figures on the Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / Leasehold Knowledge Partnership websites show a surge in leaseholder readership, with more than 108,000 page views. The figures confirm widespread interest in leasehold and in measures to reform its many abuses. Visitors to the sites amount to nearly 23,000 – a figure that rebuts advice from […]