Gazette reports more than £20million could be raised for new homes if Islington Council take up Dr Brian Potter ( ILA chair) suggestion and offers leaseholders a one-off chance to extend their leases by 99 years at a knock-down price. more
Islington Gazette reported that Homeowners have declared victory after Islington council announced it will not contest a ruling that it blew £1million overpaying on repair work more
Thursday, 17th November 2011 from newsontheblock.com
In a landmark case that will undoubtedly be a gamechanger for the property management industry, the Upper Tribunal has decided that managing agents must consider the financial impact of major works on lessees and whether to phase works so they become more affordable. More
Upper Tribunal Decision
LVT Decision link
Islington Leaseholders Association
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
(meeting in public)
Wednesday 13th June 2012, 7pm
Main Council Chamber, Islington Town Hall,
Upper Street N1
Introduction and Annual General Meeting 2011-2012:
a) Chairs Report
b) Treasurers Report 2011-2012
c) Resolution regarding Audit of Accounts
d) Election of Directors/co-opted directors
Chair opens monthly meeting 7.30pm
Guest speaker: Ms Patricia Napier (Barrister) who has been advising leaseholders and acting for them on a Pro Bono basis. 7.35pm-8pm
Questions and answers from leaseholders 8pm-8.30pm
Any other business 8.30pm-9pm
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Hosting the meeting:- Dr B.S. Potter Chairman ILA
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The LVT recently confirmed that it considers Islington council Major Works charges were not reasonably incurred, and that one roof had been replaced & charged for without any clear evidence of inspection by the council, and that leaseholders were entitled to expect that blocks were inspected before substantial costs were incurred.
The LVT upheld it original decision of Merryweather & Brennand court vs LBI 29.3.12
The leaseholders concerned saved 10’s of thousands of pounds off their bills.
The council may still appeal again, but the real questions are why is the council wasting taxpayers money in making appeals rather than investigating its contractor(s) and staff responsible for the issues pointed out by the LVT ? and Is the Council going to obtain a full refund for the overcharging from its contractors so all tenants affected can benefit from the LVT decision , or are LBI to pass the cost back onto tenants and leaseholders in increased service charges in future bills ?
You can read the refusal statement LVT Refusal statement 26 April 2012
The LVT upheld it original decision of Merryweather & Brennand court vs LBI 29.3.12 see below post LVT – Merryweather & Brennand court vs LBI 29.3.12
Islington Local press letters on Tremlett Grove vs LBI LVT & LBI waste April 2012
in “campaign” section of site here
You can download a pdf of the ILA spring 2012 newsletter here ILA newsletter Spring 12 Final
One of the most important Leasehold Valuation Tribunal LVT decisions to date, from an Islington leaseholder’s perspective, was announced last week, (Merryweather court and Brennand court vs the mayor & burgess of Islington 29.3.12).
Please see the downloadable LVT decision pdf for details on the bill reductions, and to see how Islington leaseholders supported their claims before the LVT, plus the degree of detail they provide in evidence of shoddy workmanship, overcharging and gross mismanagement. LVT – Merryweather & Brennand court vs LBI 29.3.12
Examples of the council overcharging identified by the LVT include roof works charges of £208,661 which were reduced to £50,000, i.e. £25,000 per block. and asbestos removal charges of £157,371 that the Tribunal reduced to reasonable expenditure of £15,737.
This is one example, where the Council has authorised expenditure without satisfying itself that the expenditure is really necessary, and it demonstrates what can be achieved when leaseholders have the courage to challenge the bills they are sent, and demand that council officers , councillors and their contractors are made accountable for their actions.”
Since the ILA can only supply ‘useful information’ on our web site, and not “advice”, as always, we suggest that you should obtain ‘professional independent legal advice’ before considering issuing such a challenge.
The Islington Gazette has reported that millions of pounds of public money could have been wasted.
The ILA has already lobbied Islington Council, and, both the leader of the council, and the chair of housing, in regard to applying the reductions obtained by Merryweather/Brennard Courts leaseholders to all leaseholders in the same contract, and insisted that the council also reclaim, on behalf of the public purse, all monies related to tenanted properties in the same contract. LVT – Merryweather & Brennand court vs LBI 29.3.12
Please feel free to pass on to other leaseholders you think may be interested
Late News: The ILA understand that LBI intends to appeal the decision.