Size Matters!

Congratulations HorNets! We have reached over 10,000 supporters in our FaceBook group.

This not only shows how many people support our campaign to abolish privately managed estates in favour of adoption by councils, but gives an indicator of the size of the problem nationally.

If we want a change in the law, we need to demonstrate a large number of people are disadvantaged by the current system.

The bottom line is that estate dwellers regardless of tenure end up footing the bill for maintaining cheaply constructed estate infrastructure, sub standard for adoption. Developers maximise profit at the consumers expense.

Who knows the size of this rapidly growing problem? Neither the government nor the local authorities are counting, so we are in our own small way and now have a good representative sample of C800 estates.

The government do count completed dwellings and from their statistics we find that between the start of 2001 and the end of 2021, 3009750 dwelling were completed – yes that’s over 3M! If we accept that private estates were not universal near the beginning of that time span and not all dwellings are on estates we could round it down to 3 million. Three million disadvantaged!

From our own data we have 677 estates with clear information on estate charges per home per annum and the average is £273. We began collecting this data over 5 years ago, so this is almost certainly below the current figure.

However we could use it to get a feel for the size of the “industry”. 3 x 273 = 819. We calculate that managing agents are collecting £819 million per year in estate charges. Little wonder there is resistance to change.

Let’s make 2023 the year we work together using this data to create change!


Updated Slideshow

In response to questions from supporters and fellow sufferers we have updated and expanded our slideshow to try to cover all of the aspects of the private estate scam in the UK. Everything we know has been gathered through our network.

One of the reasons for updating the presentation is that we are going to use it as the basis for a talk (via Zoom) to new build residents groups brought together by their prospective councillor. The aim is to inform them of their situation and help them organise appropriately to protect themselves from exploitation as far as is possible at the moment.

If this event is successful, we may be able to run it with other groups.


Updated Briefing Paper

Our numbers increase with time, so we have had to update our briefing paper for politicians and press to reflect this. The best place to find up to date numbers is in the “Who are We?” section of this web site.

The issues outlined remain the same as does the lack of government action!

We propose a number of solutions in our paper:

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Fleecehold on Radio Northwich

Starting 2022 with another news item on local radio about fleecehold. We are grateful to Graham Emmett, who is deputy Mayor for Northwich, for spreading the word on the issues arising out of fleecehold estate charges. It seems developers are still implementing this model under the radar – the interviewer hadn’t heard of it and neither was aware privately managed estates have been implemented for 20 years although it is true that builders are selling “fake freehold” or “fleecehold”homes instead of leasehold houses now that the latter have been banned.

You can hear the short clip below:

Radio Northwich Clip


Far from Privatopia?

A New Build Estate

Entitled FAR FROM PRIVATOPIA: PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL ESTATES IN ENGLAND AND WALES this paper brings together research by Professor Susan Bright, Professor of Land Law, New College, Oxford and was published in January 2022.

The issues HorNet have learned and shared over the past 5 years or so are all mentioned, particularly the lack of transparency and redress and the fact that most buyers have not been aware of what they were getting into.

Very significantly the lack of sustainability and threat to community cohesion of this model are mentioned We are particularly keen to get this across to policy makers and are currently working on this.

You can read the paper on this link:-

If you wish you may read and/or download a copy pdf from here.

We strongly recommend that you read this before you lobby your MP or write to the CMA.

It is a wonderful piece of evidence and should be very helpful to our campaign and we are grateful to the author for allowing, and indeed encouraging, us to share its contents widely.