Martin Paine and his wife Anne Kirmond have spent years as landlord causing distress to the leaseholds at Blythe Court and many other sites.
LKP first broke the story of the Panie’s ground rent exploits in January 2016 despite warning letters from solicitors Taylor Emmet LLP.
Since this story, we have covered the activities of the Paines on many occasions. The issue of onerous ground rents both at the Paines sites and on many other properties has since grown into a national story and has now seen the government take radical action. The government has set out they intend to stop all ground rents higher than a peppercorn on all new homes. They have also said they intend to change legislation to make the extension of existing leases easier, quicker and cheaper for all leaseholders.
Mr Paine and Ms Kirmond have perhaps seen the writing on the wall. Having created appalling ground rents at the Blythe Court site which in one case now amounts to £8,000 per annum they are trying to dump their ownership of the freeholds via auction on 22nd February 2018
The garages are for sale in one lot 59
flats 1-6 at lot 77
It’s not the first time the Paine’s have attempted to sell via auction. Last year they tried to sell flat one that has somehow been acquired by the Paines following an earlier lease extension. That sale fell through after an early day motion by Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Whatever happens at tomorrows auction the leaseholders have faced a harrowing time as a result of the Paine’s actions which must sit as one of the best examples of why it is so important the government takes action.
LKP acknowledges the work done on this matter by the Guardians Patrick Collison who has written a number of articles about this case and the issue of onerous ground rents on leasehold houses.
As a slight aside readers will be amused to learn Mr Paine has long been an avid supporter of the governments funded Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) and was a regular attendee at their now-defunct annual conference and trade show for the sector that used to be run bu LEASE.
Mr and Mrs Paine are so confident about the quality of advice offered by LEASE their property management company, Circle Residential Management Ltd lists LEASE as the first point of contact. They boldly tell their blighted leaseholders:”LEASE, The Leasehold Advisory Service, is funded by Government to provide free legal advice to leaseholders, landlords, professional advisers, managers and others on the law affecting residential leasehold and commonhold. A useful site for all your leasehold queries.”