The LVT finally happened on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Approximately 15 leaseholders were present at each session, including the Independent Steering Group amongst others. Leaseholders’ Forum members were present every day.
This update isn’t going to go into a blow-by-blow accounts of all the proceedings as that would inevitably cast our opinion on the result (and we don’t know that). Here’s the remaining timetable of this LVT case:
- 2nd April: This is the closing date for anyone who has already submitted evidence to the LVT, to submit any closing statements that they wish to make (e.g. based on information that has come to light during the three day LVT) and also arguments in regards to Section 20c (as to who should pick up Camden Council’s legal costs). These must go to Lauren Bush at Camden Council and in triplicate to Margaret Egenti at the LVT, by post.
- The LVT highlighted that if anyone wanted to make a contribution to closing statements, but had not already submitted evidence, they could possibly contribute to one of the existing respondents’ cases. More details of the those that have submitted evidence are available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q94lyv1zv3x6y9l/AAAlHEbOs2yNLkn0LkZ54J_ja?dl=0
- 16th April: This is the date that Camden Council must reply to the LVT in regards to the above closing statements.
- End of May: The LVT will issue their written verdict containing their judgement and their reasoning. This verdict will be sent to all those who have submitted evidence and also be published on the Camden Council LVT website.
All parties retain the right to appeal after the verdict has been published.
As soon as we hear that the verdict has been published we will of course update our website and send a news update to our mailing list.
Lastly, just as a reminder, Camden Council are making their case on the basis that the clauses relating to charges in all “B” leases are the same. Therefore it will only take one respondent to make a valid case against the planned increase in management, for that case to also apply to all the other “B” leases (as well as Section 20c issues). Given this, the Leaseholders’ Forum has not taken up the LVT’s time in repeating legal arguments that other respondents have already made.
That’s it for now!
on behalf of Camden Leaseholders’ Forum
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The Leaseholders’ Forum is a volunteer group representing all leaseholders in Camden Council properties and freeholders paying service charges to Camden Council. We scrutinise Camden Council proposals, examine working practices and lobby on behalf of leaseholders to Camden Council.