The Culprits

Word Cloud of builders and managing agentsWe thank all our members for submitting details of their estates – keep them coming!

We are starting to use the data to support our campaign, as there are nearly 400 estates on our database now. If anyone would like an up to date spread sheet extract (CVS file) to use in campaigning please drop us a line using our contact form.

From the information we have to date we have picked out the house builders and the managing companies which appear more than once, and here is the “Naughty List”. All of these firms are involved with either creating or maintaining private managed estates.

House Builders:

Bovis – Redrow – Persimmon – Taylor Wimpey – Gleeson – Morris – Miller – Barratt – Bellway – Keepmoat – Linden – Countryside – Bloor – Crest Nicholson – David Wilson – Charles Church – Harron – Kier – Bett – St Modwen – Avant – Ben Bailey

Managing Agents/Companies:

Firstport – Mainstay – Meadfleet – Gateway – Greenbelt – Remus – RMG (Residential Management Group) – Scanlans – SDL Bigwood – HML Andertons – Hazlevine – Trinity – Chamonix – Bourneville Village Trust – Scottish Woodlands – Remus – Mitie – Preim – Homeground – E&M (Estates and Management) – Centrick – Betts – Countrywide


7 Replies to “The Culprits”

  1. Remus property management Salisbury treat us terribly in our block of flats they are managing agents for on behalf of our Freeholder

    1. We have recently sold our flat and had to pay Remus 300 pounds for an information pack which contains information we already had


  2. My estate called The Mill at Springfield in Maidstone by Redrow is selling contracts with Fleecehold (supposedly Freehold properties with half a million pounds price for 1280sq 4 bed semi detached .
    Maintaince charge is £358 / year with £125 + VAT for every single application for any modification to home

    there is no regulation as to how charges will increase

  3. Stonebridge homes are another one. They use RMG. Avoid !!!…they have a few sites in North Yorkshire… IE… BROOKFIELD GARTH, Hampsthwaite, HG3 2EB…….KINGSLEY FARM Harrogate, HG1 4RF……..PINFOLD GARTH Sherburn-in-Elmet, LS25 6LE…….THE WILLOWS, Harrogate, HG3 1QF…..WHARFEBANK PLACE Otley, LS21 3JP……WINDSOR PLACE Cawood, YO8 3SU…selling ‘freehold’ houses with management fees that are uncapped & unregulated. 100% risk for the homeowner and still pay circa 500-700k !!!….please be careful if you ever look at a home built in the last 20 years as you may well inherit a fleecehold if you dont ask. Never just rely on your solicitor to point it out to you either. Their TP1’s state that anything they deem necessary will be treated as a matter of fact, plus they can change in location and size anytime they want…. You can’t argue. Avoid people.

  4. My estate the uplands shifnal TF11 all have fleecehold contracts with Betts. Totally unaccountable, charge extortionate fees for the work they do. Can’t wait to sell and move on to somewhere without these horrible contracts. No doubt there will be a cost for that.

    1. There are usually extra costs associated with selling fleecehold, but the elephant in the room is really the the depressed value of second hand fleehold homes…

  5. I was due to view a new build tomorrow. I asked the estate agent about any costs and was told there was an estate management charge. Ive never heard of this. I spent the morning on google. I now won’t be viewing. Before I could get a legal pack with the fine print of the charges exposed I was asked to pay a £1000 buyers deposit. I would have the cost of my solicitor casting his eye over it. So even if the terms had been benign I would already be financially invested.
    Surly, as more people become aware of this issue, sales of this type of development will dwindle with only the truly gullible proceeding to purchase. It is in the best long term interest of developers, councils and the government (who want more homes built) to bring this situation under legislative control. Alternatively the mortgage providers are going to have to impose lending restrictions on this type of development to limit their exposure to unsecured debt. Nat West, Santander, and Nationwide, cant be the only lenders worried about thier exposure. The list will only grow.

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