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After only a week, FirstPort (formerly Peverel) makes a debut in the Eye

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The satirical magazine Private Eye has featured Peverel’s name-change today. Referring to previous reports on Peverel as see “Eyes passim ad nauseam” it treats readers to a resume of Peverel’s recent unfortunate history. “FirstPort may turn out to be LastResort for the troubled management company,” is the pessimistic conclusion.

LKP submission to CMA leasehold inquiry

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Why did the CMA study take place? The CMA study into residential management services partly originated in the public criticism expressed over the Office of Fair Trading investigation into the Peverel / Cirrus collusive tendering scandal. Owing to the prime minister’s response to a direct appeal by Carlex, this resulted in a meeting with the […]

£80 million a year in charges for conveyancing leasehold property, say lawyers

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- lawyers want amendment to Consumer Rights Bill – last chance to contact CMA Conveyancing leasehold lawyers are demanding changes in law to stop freeholders and managing agents cashing in on sales of leasehold property. The Conveyancing Association estimates that there are £80 million in charges every year in the transactions of 300,000 flats.

Competition and Markets Authority relies on skimpy MORI poll of 1,050 for its report on leasehold management

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- Only 131 retirement leaseholders quizzed – 17 leaseholders ONLY discussed Property Tribunal – MORI has to correct criticism of LKP leasehold figures (which are accepted by DCLG) – BUT poll does confirm that there is more contentment when leaseholder manage their sites in an RTM or RMC compared with those that are freeholder-controlled Alarm […]

LKP’s Block Managers Limited stops leaseholders from paying to redecorate £1m flat

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… wins ombudsman case, but gets £312 bill! LKP accredited managing agent Block Managers Limited refused to force six leaseholders to pay for the redecoration of another’s private £1 million flat. Gavin Lee, of Block Managers, based in Colchester, was horrified to take over a luxury block in Pimlico, central London, to find that the […]

Hanover has sold 21 retirement house manager flats

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Hanover residents are becoming increasingly concerned that the supposedly not-for-profit housing association is mining value out of their sites by flogging off the house manager flats. Leonard Hackett Court in Bournemouth had its house manager flat sold in June for £105,000, while others report Hanover seeking planning consent to enhance value before putting the properties […]

Benjamin Mire’s Trust Property Management up for sale

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Former property tribunal panel member and chartered surveyor Benjamin Mire has put his company Trust Property Management up for sale, it was announced yesterday. Mire, a property manager based in Colindale, north London, has been engulfed in controversy over the past 18 months.

Any port in a storm as Peverel desperately rebrands to … FirstPort

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In what appears a desperate measure, Peverel is renaming itself FirstPort. In an announcement today all its property services businesses will be rebranded FirstPort, uniting them together under one brand. An expensive logo is doubtless underway, and be prepared for a deluge of queasy photographs of elderly residents in a state of harmony and joy. […]

Ex-Peverel politburo set up Freemont Property Management

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Former leading executives of Peverel have set up a new company, Freemont Property Management. Headed by former Peverel CEO Nigel Bannister and former head of Peverel Retirement Keith Edgar, the company is registered to an office in Lymington in Hampshire. It has already secured the management of the large Aqua site on the waterfront in Poole, Dorset.

Janet Entwistle says no current Peverel staff ‘linked’ to Cirrus scam

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Janet Entwistle, the Peverel CEO, assured Carlex earlier this year that no one involved directly – or even “linked” – in the Cirrus price-fixing scam was still employed by the company. Janet Entwistle’s was speaking at a meeting with Carlex / LKP at the Commons on February 10, hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley. She is […]

You cannot be Cirrus, says Private Eye

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Satirical magazine reports OFT price-fixing stooge Glyn Jackson back at work at a Peverel managed site Private Eye today reports the Carlex story of OFT price-fixing cheat Glyn Jackson being re-employed at a Peverel site. Jackson, whose company went into liquidation and so avoided an OFT fine of £35,700, is back at work at the […]

AgeUK echoes Carlex in demanding retirement housing reform

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The Carlex agenda for reform of retirement housing has been given a ringing endorsement by a report published today by AgeUK. The report, Housing in Later Life, arrives just as the Competition and Markets Authority appears to be manoeuvring to downplay concerns in retirement in its leasehold sector inquiry.

Peverel Cirrus price-fixing stooge says sorry …

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The owner of one of the three stooge companies that helped Peverel’s subsidiary Cirrus wrongly win lucrative contracts at retirement sites deeply regrets his involvement in the scam. Jeremy Owen, 38, of Owens Installations, says he got caught up in the Cirrus scandal because he was young and naïve and wishes he could “turn the […]

Housing associations lose £750,000 in SmartSource Water scandal

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Following up the Carlex story of Hanover losing £500,000 over the SmartSource Water scandal, it now emerges that Housing 21 lost £250,000. Inside Housing, the newspaper for social housing providers, says SmartSource Water was like a “pyramid scheme” which has left several housing associations among creditors facing millions of pounds of combined losses.

Ripped-off pensioners, betrayed Carlex whistleblowers, four-year tokenistic OFT inquiry, cost: £500,000, craven trade bodies, Cirrus unpunished, stooges go into ‘liquidation’ … one minnow fined £1,777

– 2005 to 2009 Peverel cheats pensioners at 65 site by installing Cirrus equipment through bogus tendering – Carlex alerts police, SFO and OFT, and The Times publishes article on December 4 2009 – But Office of Fair Trading gives Peverel “leniency” for turning itself in at some point in December 2009 – OFT starts […]

OFT price-fixing cheat Glyn Jackson is back at Peverel sites

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Eight months after the Office of Fair Trading revealed the Cirrus collusive tendering scandal, scamming contractor Glyn Jackson is again working on retirement sites managed by Peverel. Glyn Jackson, whose company did not pay an OFT fine of £35,700 after going into liquidation,, is this week installing similar electronic systems with a new company at the Adelphi retirement site […]

Red Rock saves 156 leaseholders from £187,200 repair bill

Residents faced bills of £1,250 each to make good a leaking roof, now paid for by the original developer

Owners of 156 leasehold flats at the Hawkins Road site in Colchester were spared £1,250 each thanks to Red Rock, an LKP-accredited managing agent. Weston Homes built the high specification 12-block Hawkins Road site between five and seven years ago, but soon after the first leaseholders began to move in, reports of problems started.

Florries Law won’t help me with £43,000 demand from Haringey council

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Almost immediately after Eric Pickles announces Florries Law – his £15,000 cap for local authority leaseholders over bills for major works – up when up pops another anomaly. The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has been contacted by an 88-year-old lady regarding a £37,000 demand from Haringey council. The fee comes on top of a £6,000 bill […]

DCLG leasehold team issues raft of improvements

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Retirement exit fees may get the chop, at last! The new DCLG leasehold team, with whom Carlex / LKP has been working closely, yesterday announced a range of measures in addition to “Florrie’s Law” (see LKP) and acceptance that the leasehold sector is far larger than was previously thought. They include referring exit fees in […]

Florrie’s Law means new £15,000 cap on repair bills for council leasehold owners

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The so-called Florrie’s Law introduces a new £15,000 cap on repair bills for local authority leaseholders and will come into force this week. Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles vowed to introduce the cap after a 93-year-old constituent was landed with a £50,000 bill by her local authority for roof repairs.

Competition and Markets Authority issues update on leasehold study

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… But it wants further feedback, so let them have it! … Oh, and oldies are happier than those in non-retirement flats The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today issued an update on its market study (see below) into the provision of residential property management services in England and Wales. LKP / Carlex applauds […]