For first time in 14 years, Westminster hears more of commonhold Professor James Driscoll tells the Westminster LKP leasehold round table why commonhold failed to take off after 2002 ...
While Dr Hazel Easthope, of the University of New South Wales, explains how Australia adopted strata commonhold because developers were clamouring for it (and it seems to be a good deal better than our exploitative leasehold shambles)
Late news ... The first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold reform meets on September 8. Jim Fitzpatrick and Sir Peter Bottomley are the joint chairs. LKP provides the secretariat
We are pleased to announce three new speakers for our Annual Conference, on 21 May 2013.
Siobhan McGrath is the Acting President for the new Property Chamber (the successor to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal). The new Property Chamber is due to be launched in the summer of 2013. Siobhan has been the Senior President of the Residential Property Tribunal Service since December 2000.
Siobhan will be giving a keynote presentation which will highlight the important changes rendered by the new procedural rules of the New First-tier Tribunal that are to come into place from 1 July 2013 and explain their impact on Tribunal process.
Liz Peace CBE, is the Chief Executive of the British Property Federation. Liz will be interviewing Stuart Corbyn, the Chairman of Qatari Diar Delancey about the future and legacy of the East Village, which played such an important role in making the Olympic Games a success.
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This year, the LEASE conference, takes on a new, exciting format and aims to cater specifically for the range of professional interests across the leasehold sector, including lawyers, property managers and valuers. The event will take place at Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London SE1 1GA.
Chaired by Damian Greenish, of Pemberton Greenish LLP, there will be a range of specialist presentations from speakers such as Keith Hill, Independent Regulator for the Association of Residential Managing Agents' (ARMA) new consumer-focused self-regulatory regime, ‘ARMA-Q’, Philip Rainey QC of Tanfield Chambers, James Wilson of W.A. Ellis, Professor James Driscoll, Barrister Justin Bates and valuer Andrew Pridell.
For a full list of speakers, and more details about the conference, including booking information please visit www.leaseconference2013.co.uk.
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His other recent articles are: 'A strict line on landlord compliance' James Driscoll, Estates Gazette, 16/02/2013 (on tenancy deposits); Arrowgame Ltd v Wildsmith  EWHC 3315 (an important decision on when leaseholders can acquire the freehold to their block of flats) (see; Estates Gazette 12/01/2013. He has also written an article on rent repayment orders for the New Law Journal a copy of which appears on the 'Articles' page of this site.
James has contributed to a webinar on these important service charge decisions for Thomson Reuter.
The Supreme Court has just handed down decisions in Day v Hosebay Ltd and de Walden Estate v Lexgorge Ltd  UKSC 41 on the meaning of ‘house’ as it is defined in the Leasehold Reform Act 1967. The Court allowed the landlord’s appeals holding that a building that is used for non-residential purposes is not a ‘house’ even though it was originally constructed as a house. The leaseholders in these cases do not therefore have the right to enfranchise and acquire the freehold. James has written a commentary for the Estates Gazette which will be published on 27 October 2012.
This case follows a decision of the Court of Appeal earlier this year which decided a building which was constructed as a block of flats is not a ‘house’. James’s commentary on this was published by the Estates Gazette on 26 May 2012.
_Professor James Driscoll
_A solicitor, an author and a Lawyer Chair of the Residential Property Tribunal. For 20 years he was a consultant solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins specialising in housing law. He has practised law since 1975.