- Fire risk assessments (open meeting); All change at the top; Date changes!
13 Nov 2017
Welcome to your November 2017 newsletter from Camden Leaseholder’s Forum. In this edition: – Fire Risk Assessments (including open meeting) – Camden Cabinet – All Change – Interested in getting started in writing or WordPress? – Forthcoming Meetings (date change!) … Continue reading
- STOP PRESS: Special Meeting About Leaseholders and Chalcot’s Estate
14 Sep 2017
Dear Leaseholder, SPECIAL MEETING ABOUT LEASEHOLDERS AND CHALCOT’S ESTATE With the Leader of the Council (Councillor Georgia Gould) and the Cabinet Member for Housing (Councillor Pat Callaghan) Council Chamber, Camden Town Hall, Tuesday, 19th September 2017 1845 … Continue reading
- Open Meeting Rescheduled; Survey – Last Chance!
16 Nov 2016
Open Meeting Rescheduled; Survey – Last Chance! Continue reading
- Advice surgery with Councillor Pat Callaghan
4 Nov 2016
We have just been informed that Councillor Pat Callaghan (Cabinet Member for Housing and Deputy Leader for Camden Council) will be running a leaseholder-specific surgery this Saturday, 5th November (tomorrow!)… Continue reading
- Planning Changes – be alert! Forum survey; Open meeting this month; Lots happening!!
2 Oct 2016
Camden planning notices – significant changes; the lowdown on gas/heating pricing in Camden; Leaseholder Surgeries – need questions answered?, this may help; and more! Continue reading
- September date change; minutes from our meeting
31 Jul 2016
Just two updates in this mini newsletter: September’s meeting has now had its date changed. It was due to be on 6th September, but due to a meeting clash (with a DMC meeting scheduled on the same date), it has … Continue reading
- More Drop-in Sessions announced! Also improvements to Works repayment options
14 Jun 2016
Just two important updates for this mini newsletter: Drop-In Sessions and Major/Capital Works repayments (including news of a 5% discount available to residential leaseholders). Continue reading
- Service Charges – new pilot scheme! Better Homes pipeline revealed; plus more!
6 May 2016
Problems with Service Charge bills? New, trial, “drop in” sessions; New Service Charge Guide; Do you want to contact your Leaseholder Services officer?; Forthcoming Major Works – are you affected? Major Works – you can fight and win your corner; and more! Continue reading
- Your new Forum, TRA websites, planning applications and lots more!
13 Nov 2015
Introducing your new Forum; Councillor Pat’s open surgery kicks off; want a TRA website?; and plenty more… Continue reading
- Head of Major Works answers questions and much more!
7 Sep 2015
Head of Major Works answers questions; Communal Repairs alerts; Building Cladding issues; Heating/Hot Water options and lots more… Continue reading
- Final Call for Leaseholder Elections! (also agenda for next meeting)
21 Jul 2015
New website and email address; last call – new members wanted for the forum; and our minutes from our previous meeting and agenda for our next one! Continue reading
- New Website and Email Address
3 Jul 2015
Starting today, we have a new website and new email address; Read our Chair’s letter which was published in this week’s Camden New Journal; And more! Continue reading
- Stand for the Forum and ask questions at Camden Council!
9 Jun 2015
Election time! Do you want to represent Leaseholders? Continue reading
- Leaseholder FAQs, Parking, WeAreCamden revamp (and more!)
20 Apr 2015
Leaseholders FAQs; Estate Parking; WeAreCamden Website Revamp; Heating Meters; Improvements; Service Charges; Cabinet Member for Housing Julian Fulbrook; Spring Newsletter Continue reading
- Major Works – Councillors want to hear from you! (and more…)
14 Dec 2014
Interested in Solar Panel and PV Cells for your estate; Major Works and Leaseholder Services Charges – Councillors’ Scrutiny Committee; Next Meeting Date Continue reading
- Leaseholders’ Forum meetings resume!
13 Nov 2014
We are delighted to be able to say that Camden Council’s Democratic Services department have now resolved their resourcing issue (at least for the time being!) and we can continue our meetings. We thank everyone for their support regarding this issue. Continue reading
- Leaseholders’ Forum meeting (Tuesday, 28th October) CANCELLED
21 Oct 2014
The Head of Camden’s Democratic Services has emailed me to say that staff shortages mean she cannot supply a member of her team to take minutes, so we have had to take the decision to cancel the meeting. Continue reading
- Should landlords need a license? Is caretaking any good?
28 Sep 2014
Should leaseholders need a licence to rent out their homes in Camden?; Is Camden Council caretaking any good? Continue reading
- Autumn Newsletter and LVT latest
22 Aug 2014
Our Autumn Newsletter has just gone to press and will be sent out with September’s actual service charge statements. Continue reading
- The Forum seeks new participants! (and other news…)
14 Jul 2014
There are ultimately two different types of volunteers – non-members (technically known as observers) who give their time and knowledge as and when they can, and members who agree to attend our monthly meetings and get to vote on any issues where there are differences of opinion… Continue reading
- LVT Determinations Now In!
11 Jul 2014
We hope to publish a “layman’s analysis” of the determination in due course, as well as the Leaseholders’ Forum’s next steps, but at this stage it does not appear to make good reading from the leaseholders’ perspective. Continue reading
- Open Meeting, AGM, Leaseholder Empowerment and more!
2 Jun 2014
This is the opportunity for you to have your say. We’ve been focusing on major works, HS2, communications, the LVT management charge issue and regeneration to varying degrees of success. What would you like to see us focus on next year? What projects do you want to get involved with? Come and help us set the agenda for the next 12 months. Continue reading
- Local Elections – Parties’ Manifestos
8 May 2014
In this one-off local election special we focus on leasehold issues. We have used the information published on local websites, trimmed for space reasons if necessary; those that haven’t published any manifesto aren’t included. Continue reading
- Local Elections – Candidate Hustings! (location update)
30 Apr 2014
Representatives of parties fighting the Camden Council local elections will be present to state their case and answer questions from the general public (location update) Continue reading
- Local Elections – Candidate Hustings!
29 Apr 2014
Representatives of parties fighting the Camden Council local elections will be present to state their case and answer questions from the general public Continue reading
- LVT Hearing Concludes!
20 Mar 2014
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… Continue reading
- Significant improvement for leaseholders threatened with Regeneration (and more…)
9 Mar 2014
With the local council elections fast approaching (22nd May) and all seats up for grabs, we thought we would ask: What leaseholder issues do you want to see your councillors tackle? Continue reading
- LVT Case Update
15 Feb 2014
Camden Leaseholders’ Forum have decided, in the end, not to submit our own case to the LVT. We did this on the basis that the points we wish to make at this stage have been covered by other parties. Although we have not submitted a case, this does not rule out us making an appeal, depending on the decision made at the LVT. Continue reading
- Fellow leaseholders seeking your experience, AGE UK Camden services and more!
3 Dec 2013
Can any leaseholders share their experience of living on a Camden estate managed by a Tenant Management Organisation?… Continue reading
- Benchmarks, a Focus Group and Major Works caps!
13 Oct 2013
Benchmarking Background, Benchmarking Results, leaseholders wanted for one evening and Major Works Cap Continue reading
- Annual Report, LVT latest and more!
3 Oct 2013
REPRESENTATION: we have been advised that any judgements made by the LVT will be applied equally to all the respondents to the case (i.e. everyone who’s received communications about the LVT from Camden Council, addressed to them personally)… Continue reading
- September newsletter, LVT update and more!
5 Sep 2013
If you have any evidence, that we can offer to the Leasehold Tribunal, as to why Camden should not be seeking to charge you more, perhaps examples of money wasted through bad or wasteful management and such, please contact us… Continue reading
- LVT evidence inspection appointments
2 Aug 2013
If you have already registered your interest in the case with Camden Council, we suggest leaseholders spread out their sessions and don’t all try and view the information at the same time Continue reading
- LVT (action required!) and other news updates
19 Jul 2013
LVT update (action required!); “Camden Account” – volunteers wanted; Briefing Note – Lease Buy Back; Leaseholders’ Forum minutes; A thank you! Continue reading
- Request for feedback from Camden Council regarding their website
25 Jun 2013
Geraldine Littlechild, the Finance and Income Manager for Leaseholder Services at Camden Council, is currently looking into improving the quality of information available for leaseholders on Camden Council’s website. Continue reading
- More Camden Council witness statements now available for LVT hearing
19 Jun 2013
We have, today, received additional witness statements and methodology from Camden Council in regards to the current management charge LVT issue. We will be analysing this documentation over the next months Continue reading
- Camden Council witness statements now available for LVT hearing!
18 Jun 2013
We have, tonight, received witness statements and methodology from Camden Council in regards to the current management charge LVT issue. We will be analysing this documentation over the next months. More documentation should be released by Camden Council this August, according to the timetable set by the LVT. Continue reading
- Want to know more about LVTs?
5 Jun 2013
A Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) is a statutory tribunal in England which decides on various types of landlord and tenant disputes involving property. e.g. If you have a property complaint which is not resolved with Camden Council, you may take Camden Council to the LVT. Continue reading
- Leaseholders’ Forum website update
16 May 2013
This is just a very brief news update to let you know that the Leaseholders’ Forum has had a minor makeover (now that it has been up and running for a few months in its new revitalised form) Continue reading
- LVT directions released
3 May 2013
Camden Council have now released the LVT directions. This is the formal outline for how the LVT case will be handled and includes the timeframe that will be involved. Continue reading
- Estimated Service Charges
1 May 2013
We (the Leaseholders’ Forum) have been asked a number of times what the Leaseholders’ Forum position is in regarding to paying the recently issued estimated service charges for 2013-14. Continue reading
- LVT Management Charge Pre-Trial Review meeting update 2
26 Apr 2013
At last week’s Pre-Trial hearing it was proposed that the Directions for the management charge LVT hearing would be released this week. Having spoken to Lauran Bush from Camden Council, the current schedule appears to be that they will be released on or before 3rd May. Continue reading
- Minutes from the Leaseholders’ Forum Meeting of 28th March 2013
26 Apr 2013
The full minutes (audio version) of David Padfield’s Q&A session at the Leaseholders’ Forum meeting on 28th March. Continue reading
- LVT Management Charge Pre-Trial Review meeting update
22 Apr 2013
The Pre-Trial Review (PTR) took place on 16th April attended by representatives from Camden Council, the Leaseholders’ Valuation Tribunal (LVT) and about 125 other people. Here is a note about the day – it is not a cast iron exact blow-by-blow account. Continue reading
- Your opportunity to question Camden Council regarding Leaseholder Service Charges this Thursday
24 Mar 2013
David Padfield, Assistant Director (Housing) from Camden Council, will be coming to this month’s Leaseholders’ Forum meeting to talk about the current LVT case regarding service charges. Continue reading
- Pre-Trial Review: Camden Leaseholders’ Forum Submission to the LVT
26 Feb 2013
Our submission to the Pre-Trial Review, in reference to Case number LON/OOAG/LSC/2012/0791 (i.e. the proposed increase to the management fee element of service charges). The Pre-Trial Review itself will take place on Monday, 4th April at a venue to be announced. Continue reading
- LVT Frequently Asked Questions
26 Feb 2013
Here are the answers to frequently asked questions that we are currently receiving regarding the current LVT management charge issue. Continue reading
- Heating (and Lift) Options Appraisals
26 Feb 2013
The Leaseholders’ Forum has put together a briefing document regarding heating options, however we feel that the issues addressed in this document equally apply to lift renewals and other major works. Continue reading
- Urgent Action Required for Leaseholders (update!) regarding Service Charges and the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal
25 Feb 2013
If you wish to represent yourselves at the hearing on 16th April 2013 you need to let the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal know before that date (and they would prefer sooner rather than later, in order to help with their logistics). Continue reading
- Wednesday’s Pre-Trial Review Postponement
15 Feb 2013
We (the Leaseholders’ Forum) have just received an email from the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) in regards to the Pre-Trial Review that was originally due on 20th February. The review has now been postponed until 4th April. Continue reading
- Urgent Action Required for Leaseholders! (before Wednesday, 13th February)
10 Feb 2013
You may have recently received a letter from Camden Council entitled “Leasehold Valuation Tribunal”. This has been sent to all Camden Council leaseholders (and freeholders) who have leases issued from (approximately) 1996. Continue reading
- Leaseholder Valuation Tribunal and service charges
6 Feb 2013
We expect to have information by Friday evening (8th February 2013) about what we (the Leaseholders’ Forum) recommend you do to fight the recent letter from Camden Council in regards to raising service charge fees from 10% to 30% (which could mean an increase in £200 in the annual service charge). Continue reading