Vivienne Somerville

Registered with Property118.com
Sunday 4th September 2016


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 29

Vivienne Somerville

8:58 AM, 17th September 2021, About A week ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by BernieWales at 15/09/2021 - 10:23Could the reason for IRPM and ARMA members' deafening silence to your article be much simpler?
Could it simply be that some IRPM and ARMA members that read about the Blackheath Road FTT case where Richard Davidoff was found to have lied about his undeclared associations with contractor companies; siphoned off leaseholder funds and inflated service charge costs for his own financial benefit thought to themselves:
'There but for the grace of God go I'
They may have thought this because they themselves have done or are doing exactly the same things but they haven't been exposed in the same way that Richard Davidoff has been exposed by the Blackheath Road FTT decision report.
In my view, the issues exposed in the Blackheath Road FTT case are not isolated to Richard Davidoff and ABC Estates. Although the extent to which Richard Davidoff was found to have attempted to enrich himself at the expense of leaseholders was extreme, these issues occur pretty often in the world of residential block management.
If 99.99% of Tribunal Appointed Managers and managing agents were professional and honest as you believe them to be @BernieWales, there would be no need for the FTT to exist and it certainly wouldn't be overrun with so many cases.

It ought to be borne in mind that the majority of leaseholders when faced with managers like Richard Davidoff will not make a fuss and would rather sell up and move on rather than risk blighting their own property by commencing a dispute. The FTT applications that are actually made are a tiny reflection of the size of the problem ...... Read More

Vivienne Somerville

11:07 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 weeks ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by BernieWales at 14/09/2021 - 08:23In my opinion, the 'deafening silence' of IRPM and ARMA property managers is very telling.
It suggests that perhaps IRPM and ARMA property managers are not as surprised or as disappointed as you appear to be by Richard Davidoff's conduct.
If IRPM and ARMA property managers were as surprised and as disappointed as you appear to be then IRPM and ARMA property managers would have rushed to openly disapprove of Richard Davidoff's conduct - much in the same way that your article argues that the FTT, IRPM and ARMA should.
The IRPM and ARMA property managers might even have applied some pressure on the FTT, IRPM and ARMA to boot out Richard Davidoff and ABC Block Management Limited because they are disgracing the property management industry and letting the side down.... Read More

Vivienne Somerville

8:03 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 weeks ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by BernieWales at 10/09/2021 - 13:41@BernieWales, judging from the content of your article, you are clearly offended by Richard Davidoff's unprofessional conduct, as reported in the Blackheath Road FTT case where Richard Davidoff was a Tribunal Appointed Manager.
From the wide-ranging contributions to this discussion, it appears that Richard Davidoff's unprofessional conduct is not limited to Richard Davidoff's Tribunal Appointed Manager work but also spans work where his various companies are merely the managing agent or letting agent.

I don't believe that you have posted your article on the Linkedin Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) page? It would be very interesting to see how your fellow IRPM members respond to it.... Read More

Vivienne Somerville

20:39 PM, 3rd September 2021, About 3 weeks ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by Christine Crowe at 01/09/2021 - 22:19
There is a parallel discussion taking place on the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership website. I am sure that those readers would like to hear of your experience of Richard Davidoff and ABC Estates from a different FTT region. It will add to the overall picture of what might actually be going on ...

The link is here:
https://www.leaseholdknowledge.com/richard-davidoff-of-abc-estates-breached-his-fiduciary-duties-after-disastrous-performance-as-a-court-appointed-manager-rules-property-tribunal/... Read More

Vivienne Somerville

20:31 PM, 3rd September 2021, About 3 weeks ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by Shreena Shah at 01/09/2021 - 16:09There is a parallel discussion taking place on the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership website. I am sure that those readers would like to hear of your experience of Richard Davidoff and ABC Estates from a lettings viewpoint. Especially your concerns that what occurred to you was not simple negligence. It will add to the overall picture of what might actually be going on ...
The link is here:
https://www.leaseholdknowledge.com/richard-davidoff-of-abc-estates-breached-his-fiduciary-duties-after-disastrous-performance-as-a-court-appointed-manager-rules-property-tribunal/... Read More