December 6, 2023

London LEASE conference on February 4

The annual conference of the Leasehold Advisory Service takes place on February 4. The free evening conference for leaseholders takes place from 18.15 and the venue is: etc venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD Those wishing to attend need to pre-register here LEASE says: “This conference aims to inform, educate and offer support […]

Interview with LEASE chairman Roger Southam

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / LKP welcomes the appointment of Roger Southam, a successful block managing agent, as chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Changes have long been required at the quango, and at least we can now have dialogue with someone who has publicly and repeatedly acknowledged that there are defects in the […]

Roger Southam is new chairman of LEASE

… and Countrywide executive appointed to the board (which means there is still no representative of leaseholders) The colourful property manager Roger Southam, of Chainbow, is today announced as the new chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service. Mr Southam, a chartered surveyor, founded Chainbow but sold out most, perhaps all, its residential management contracts to Trinity […]

LEASE chairman Deep Sagar told: sack ‘disgraced and disgraceful’ Benjamin Mire or sack yourself!

Sir Peter Bottomley has told the chairman of the Leasehold Advisory Service Deep Sagar to stop advertising the services of  Benjamin Mire – or resign. And the LEASE executive can go with him, the veteran MP adds. Mire, the chief executive of Trust Property Management based in Colindale, north London, is a chartered surveyor who […]

Pravda alive and well on the websites of LEASE, ARMA and Peverel … who ALL support the OFT inquiry into leasehold

Not since the Soviet Union went out of business have we seen such clottish attempts to spin a positive line. It started with our old friends at the Leasehold Advisory Service deciding that the key point in Sir Peter Bottomley’s speech to leaseholders in London on November 12 was a passing polite reference to … […]

Leasehold Advisory Service annual conference 2013 … where, this time, leaseholders are invited

What a difference a year makes. In 2012 LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, held its “annual conference” in a Mayfair hotel charging £310 a head and the event was a blatant trade show for the vested interests in the leasehold sector. Leaseholders themselves – apart from an emotional gatecrasher, read here – were entirely absent. Yesterday, the […]

Prisk to Bottomley: what’s the evidence that the Leasehold Advisory Service is not ‘balanced’? Well, how about this for starters …

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has rounded on Sir Peter Bottomley to demand why he believes that the Leasehold Advisory Service in not ‘balanced’. Sir Peter, the Tory MP for Worthing West, made his comments in the Commons on April 16: “To have clever lawyers, some of whom will appear at LEASE—the Government-approved agency for giving […]

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation activists praised in Commons: clean up ‘muck’ of leasehold and stop ‘ripping off leaseholders left, right and centre’

Sir Peter Bottomley (left) yesterday made his strongest Commons intervention yet on the scandals in leasehold. He named and praised the two keys figures in the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, named and criticised Tchenguiz and urged a full debate on leasehold under the cover of parliamentary privilege. He attacked the role of LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory […]

Leasehold Advisory Service denies seeking ‘bungs’ to pass on leaseholders for professional services

LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service, is a taxpayer-funded quango, so why on earth is it asking solicitors and others whether they would be prepared to pay referral fees to be put in touch with the distressed ordinary leaseholders who call up for advice? Referral fees – or ‘bungs’ as they are less politely termed – […]

Leasehold Advisory Service: ‘Lawyers here won’t even speak to me because I cannot afford their fees’

An emotional Julian Shersby tells the Leasehold Advisory Service annual conference it is failing ordinary leaseholders.   In the last ten minutes the Leasehold Advisory Service annual conference burst into life this afternoon when a furious delegate grabbed the microphone and said the quango was failing to represent the interests of ordinary leaseholders. “I see around me […]