Leading leasehold reform campaigner and legal expert Louie Burns has died unexpectedly over the weekend aged just 54 years old.
Burns, who joined Leasehold Solutions in 2009 was a key force behind the recent and highly successful campaign to reform the leasehold system and donated the proceeds from his book on the subject to the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, of which he was a trustee.
“The leasehold system in England and Wales is a scandal of epic proportions and most people are simply unequipped to deal with such a complex system, which is designed to benefit rich freeholders, at the expense of ordinary working people,” he said when launching his book in 2018.
He was also involved in the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners, to promote best practice amongst professionals working in this sector.
Burns was a regular media commentator on the leasehold scandal and was last seen on both the BBC Radio 4’s consumer programme MoneyBox and Sky commentating on one of the ‘trapped’ property owners cases his company was dealing with involving over 300 properties in the North West of England.
All appeared well with Burns on Friday, who posted via his Twitter account that day.
But yesterday his colleagues and fellow directors at his firm said yesterday on Twitter that they were “devastated to share the news that our MD, colleague and dear friend passed away suddenly today”.
“We need to process this shocking news and will post more in days to come; know that we will continue to fight the fight for leaseholders in Louie’s name. RIP Louie – legend.”