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‘Fleecehold’ complaints flood in as residents battle to turn tide..
06 January 2018

Excellent article in the Guardian on the problems being experienced by Greenbelt Group 'customers.  The article references the Greenbelt Group Action campaign, the Marriott V Greenbelt Group test case, the number of negative reviews Greenbelt Group receives on Trustpilot and the 'Unhappy Owners Against Greenbelt Group' Facebook page.

Homeowners caught in service charge nightmare..
23 December 2017

Article by The Times on the nightmare being faced by homeowners with Greenbelt Group burdens in their title deeds.  A copy of the full article is on the West Myerton Residents website.

Obituary - Anne Shipton Middleton..
20 December 2017
Fed up families demand an end to soaring bills..
06 December 2017

A news article featuring quotes from Mike Marriott, who ran the test case in Scotland.

Homeowners trapped by ‘fleecehold’ – the new cash cow for developers..
02 December 2017

Guardian article featuring news of the HORNET campaign with has Greenbelt Group and it's business model firmly in its sights

Problems facing freeholders on new developments..
11 November 2016

Excellent article by the campaign group, the Home Owners Alliance, which gives a brilliant overview of the land maintenance issues facing homeowners on new estates.  The article also introduces the grass-roots campaign group HomeOwners Network (HorNet).  We recommend strongly that every homeowner affected joins HorNet (which is free) and considers joining the Home Owners Alliance too.

Glasgow property firm secures seven figure funding to support growth..
04 September 2016

Natwest Scotland enters funding deal with Greenbelt Group

Council threatens developer with prosecution over estate complaints..
23 August 2016

Perth and Kinross Council issues an enforcement order on Greenbelt for failing to maintain land on an estate - failure to comply may result in prosecution

Telford homeowners furious over Taylor Wimpey maintenance bill..
18 June 2016
The end of deeds of conditions?..
18 January 2016

An excellent overview of the test case in Scotland's leading law journal

Marriott v Greenbelt ..
11 January 2016

An article from a Scottish law firm on the test case

Greenbelt residential development landscape maintenance burden fails..
07 January 2016

An article on the test case by solicitors Morton Fraser

Couple to test legality of land maintenance company’s business model in in Lands Tribunal..
16 July 2015
Police investigate alleged drone flying over Menstrie Estate..
16 July 2015
Meet the chief executive Alex Middleton..
29 June 2015

"At the risk of sounding like David Brent, and telling you there is no ‘i’ in team, the importance of a Chief Executive to recognise the power of teamwork cannot be underestimated."  Alex Middleton, Chief Executive of Greenbelt Group.   

Oh dear. LMAO. Editor. 

Residents in row over maintenance fees on new Telford housing development..
22 January 2015
Ground maintenance group slated as Perth residents can't see road for the trees..
22 August 2014
Residents take gardening fees dispute to court..
17 August 2014

Sunday Times article on the test case

Row over Crieff greenbelt land..
24 May 2014
New probe into factors legislation..
31 January 2013
Unpoplar Rosyth trees for the chop..
21 October 2011
Sandy Park residents furious at its unkempt condition..
01 August 2011
Dog walkers cause a stink..
08 July 2011
Battle reaches stalemate over no-man’s land at Ellon estate ..
05 April 2011
New legislation to clamp down on cowboy property factors..
08 March 2011
Fresh hope for homeowners in land maintenance wrangle..
16 November 2010
MSPs told law change is needed over factors..
16 September 2010
Property firm tries to evade new Bill..
10 September 2010
Salmond steps in over upkeep of land..
09 July 2010
Land firm under fire for stalling offer ..
16 June 2010
Closure looms for land firm over late accounts..
07 November 2009
Controversial firm is accused of misusing funds for conservation..
25 October 2009
Kirkcaldy residents paying £122 a year to watch weeds grow..
13 August 2009
Court threat on Greenbelt bills..
06 July 2009
Police called as fight over land maintenance bills gets dirty..
27 May 2009
Leys householders refuse to pay up for services..
11 April 2009
House builders urged to think again on deals with Greenbelt Group..
21 February 2009

Councellors in Aberdeenshire act to outlaw Greenbelt Group in their county

OFT finds problems in Scottish property management ..
13 February 2009
Land management firm could be taken to tribunal after complaints..
13 February 2009
Residents say land maintenance deal is a waste..
29 January 2009
Oldmeldrum residents hit out at bills for non-existent play areas..
27 January 2009
Homeowners vent their anger at Westhill meeting..
23 January 2009
Westhill residents heckle boss of firm over upkeep of open spaces ..
20 January 2009
Boss of firm to be quizzed by residents..
24 December 2008

Angry householders to ask Greenbelt company why work has not been done

Kenmay woman faces cash ultimatum..
03 December 2008
Homeowner refusing to pay for substandard work..
24 November 2008
Jim Devine MP raises Greenbelt Group in House of Commons..
24 November 2008
Greenbelt director commits to upkeep of local green spaces ..
21 November 2008
Ellon community may take upkeep of land into own hands..
18 November 2008

Residents withhold payment until new arrangement can be found

Pledge of help for land maintenance trap victims..
03 October 2008
Transcript of questions raised in Scottish Parliament on land maintenance companies..
02 October 2008

Land Maintenance Companies (Title Deeds)

6. Angela Constance (Livingston) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to protect residents whose title deeds bind them to a specific land maintenance company. (S3O-4435)

The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing): The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 provides a legal framework for the variation or discharge of burdens that are found in title deeds. Homeowners should first seek legal advice as to the appropriate option, according to their circumstances. Ministers have no powers to intervene in private disputes.

Issues can arise due to poor and unacceptable standards of service. The trading standards service is aware of such consumer protection issues and has mechanisms in place to deal quickly with disputes. The Office of Fair Trading is undertaking a market study into property managers in Scotland. I will meet the OFT later this month to discuss land maintenance companies.

Angela Constance: Recently, I had an informative meeting with the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, the details of which I will write to Mr Ewing about. As a result of that meeting, it is clear to me that the current legislation—the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003—does not offer practicable protection or solutions to residents who are in the unique position of being bound to a land maintenance company. In the case of my constituents, the company involved is Greenbelt Ltd.

Will the minister give an undertaking to pursue a course of action that will give residents who wish to exercise their rights as citizens to change their land maintenance company an accessible and affordable route to do so?

Fergus Ewing: My officials are in contact with the Lands Tribunal and will work to examine and evaluate the issues that arise in connection with Greenbelt. I look forward to receiving Angela Constance's letter on an issue that she is pursuing tenaciously.

Complex legal areas are involved and we all wish to make progress on them. One reason why I arranged to meet the Office of Fair Trading in London later this month is so that I can see what, if anything, it can do to protect consumers. In this case, we are talking about a substantially reserved issue.

Trish Godman (West Renfrewshire) (Lab): I am given to understand that a company is contacting residents to say that it will help them through this legal minefield. The company is saying that its prime motivation is to clean up the industry and claims that it is monitored by the Government regulator. What regulations apply to the transfer of land on housing estates to third parties, and which regulator monitors that area?

Fergus Ewing: I am not aware of the company to which the member refers. If she writes to me with the details, I will be in a position to reply.

Of course, when one buys property, one should take legal advice. Currently, there are no rules to prohibit the separate sale of amenity land within an estate. That is a law reform that no previous Administration sought to introduce; indeed, there may be problems in introducing it. In any event, given that any law reform would not be retrospective, it would not apply to those who have difficulties with land maintenance companies. Nonetheless, many members have raised the issue. The Government is very keen to work with members and their constituents to see whether any other remedy can be found.

Irate Ellon residents demand meeting over 'horrendous mess'..
01 October 2008
Residents report company to cops..
29 September 2008
Greenbelt and sub-contractor at odds over upkeep of land..
22 September 2008
Call for grass roots action..
12 September 2008
MP calls for legal change to resolve homeowners’ row ..
25 August 2008
Pressure on government to assist homeowners..
16 August 2008
Call for probe into grass-cut firm..
12 August 2008
Constance supports latest Greenbelt resident action..
11 August 2008
Herald expose leads to deluge of complaints at Greenbelt ‘disgrace’..
11 August 2008
Councillor’s anger over upkeep of public areas..
08 August 2008
Call for change in law to stop sale of communal land..
08 August 2008
Grampian police and Scottish Government to receive community’s dossier about greenbelt group..
07 August 2008
Bruce and McInnes demand grounds maintenance action..
06 August 2008
Salmond urged to help homeowners in Greenbelt row..
06 August 2008
Residents ask police to probe housing estates firm..
06 August 2008
Garioch councillor takes it upon himself to cut the grass..
06 August 2008
Community figure’s anger after contractor repeatedly fails to do job
Greenbelt’s growing problems..
06 August 2008
The green verges of new private housing estates across the country might seem an unlikely battleground. But for homeowners at more than 70 schemes in Scotland and northern England that is what they have become.
Firm ‘takes money for work it does not do’..
01 August 2008
Scottish government urged to probe residents’ claims over factor
Maintenance on estates ‘not done for seven months’..
30 July 2008
Residents claim firm has been paid thousands of pounds
Residents hit out over grass-cutting frequency ..
30 July 2008
Government backs residents in land row..
30 July 2008
Newmachar grass woes: action pledged ..
28 July 2008
Complaints as contractor cuts grass verges less frequently ..
15 July 2008
Residents sign petition to oust landscape firm..
02 April 2008

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