Nick Hargrave

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Thursday 2nd September 2021


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Nick Hargrave

11:36 AM, 22nd September 2021, About a month ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Upon going back to the case, there is one other noteworthy area which may be a case for HMRC to look at further.

In paragraph 80 it is noted that Mr Davidoff says Mark Reed, Head of Block Management at ABC, was a "self-employed contractor. The tribunal then notes that Mr Reed has always styled himself as ABC's Head of Block Management. From our block's own experience of ABC, Mr Reed has never appeared to be anything other than an employee in his work.

Given recent developments on IR35 et al, it is worth checking whether this arrangement still exists - which could potentially now be construed as tax avoidance.... Read More

Nick Hargrave

14:33 PM, 2nd September 2021, About 2 months ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by Gulliver at 02/09/2021 - 14:25
Looks accurate to me. We will get there eventually I think through the FTT system and have professional representation for this. But it is another case study of how Richard Davidoff gives managing agents a bad name.

The incorrect claim to leaseholders in 2019 about our relationship with the management company - and the subsequent attempt to blame solicitors that he won't name - are issues that I suspect we will take further in due course.... Read More

Nick Hargrave

13:57 PM, 2nd September 2021, About 2 months ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by Gulliver at 02/09/2021 - 13:38
Yes - Richard Davidoff took over as Director of our management company a few months after flats were sold.

When residents first asked to become members, he incorrectly told us that we were already members. When we probed further at a later date, he refused to acknowledge our request and changed the articles of association to become more favourable to his position.

He now claims in sworn court documents that he was following advice from the freeholder's solicitors - but has refused to specify who gave him this advice. It is obviously an area that deserves further attention.... Read More

Nick Hargrave

13:26 PM, 2nd September 2021, About 2 months ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by BernieWales at 02/09/2021 - 11:39
Yes - our block has 2 upcoming FTT cases against Mr Davidoff/entities related.

The first relates to service charges that we believe are unreasonable in previous. After purchase of flats, the freeholder resigned from one of the parties to our lease and Mr Davidoff took over - with ABC instructed as block managers. This puts residents in an invidious position.

The second is a RTM claim. We are getting there and have the requisite qualifications. Mr Davidoff (as one of the parties to our lease) has continued to object, despite the freeholder accepting the claim.... Read More

Nick Hargrave

10:32 AM, 2nd September 2021, About 2 months ago

FTT Appointed Manager in Doghouse. Now what?

Reply to the comment left by BernieWales at 02/09/2021 - 09:39
That's really helpful context - thanks Bernie.

For what it's worth, as a resident in an ABC controlled block, I have submitted a complaint to ARMA in relation to the Blackheath Road FTT case.

Although it is ABC that is a member of ARMA, not Davidoff, it is worth noting that Davidoff is their controlling shareholder and 'Managing Director' as per email signature. In the Blackheath Road FTT case, Davidoff and ABC appear to have been involved interchangeably in the situation also. So it would be laughable if ARMA are unable to take any action against ABC in this case.... Read More