Another article about estate management fees which rise in an uncontrolled way with no cap and as yet no right of appeal for freehold home owners The government have announced access to the first tier Lands Tribunal. It remains to be seen if this will be a practical option for private estate management service charge disputes. The comments and replies to this article are worth a look as well. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/money/homeowners-caught-in-service-charge-nightmare-hmjmd9lgl
This excellent article by freelance journalist Emma Lunn gives a great picture of the adverse impact of the private estate model on home owners, whether freehold (#fleecehold ) or leasehold. Read it here:
A full page article showing the extent of this growing problem and describing the role of developers and councils in creating it. HorNet members have contributed case studies. Read at:
This is a selection of partially anonymised quotes from our closed FaceBook group. It gives a range of views and experiences from across the UK. We have many members who could provide case studies for news articles:
On our estate, we maintain the areas but the Council set up an S106 to give the public access – grass areas and woodland. Therefore we pay to clear their litter and damage. I feel they have been hand-in-glove with developers, taking a “bribe” of cash injections for playgrounds etc. and facilitating this scam to make freehold home owners pay to maintain.
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We argue that the government does not know the scale of the problem, nor the effects of how the model is implemented and ask for a complete review rather than the sticking plaster approach of access to the First Tier Tribunal.
We welcome the fact that the government is consulting on unfair practices, and has finally acknowledged there is a problem around estate management charges. We hope it won’t be a sticking plaster approach and is the prelude to a full review.
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Listen to a HorNet member talking about the impact of costly poor maintenance and lack of consumer rights with support from her neighbours. Our first national broadcast with an analysis from Paula Higgins from the Home Owners Alliance. A big step in raising awareness of the estate maintenance scam and the first of many.
Broadcast on 26th June 2017 and available here:
The Home Owners Alliance has recently published our article which outlines the problems of home owners on new build private estates who are faced with a monopoly provider for the maintenance of unadopted public open space on their developments. Read the full article here.