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.

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.

Tchenguiz PR man detonates Bottomley eruption during Queen’s Speech debate

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Tchenguiz PR man named in Commons ‘Apology’ by obscure website to Vincent Tchenguiz read to MPs Sir Peter asks what was Tchenguiz’s role during the Peverel / Cirrus price fixing scandal? Tchenguiz freehold valuations questioned Why are huge loans issued against valuations ‘created from thin air’? Government should put pressure on professional standards bodies to […]

You and Yours features Carlex and OFT inquiry into leasehold management

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The influential BBC  Radio 4 programme You and Yours yesterday featured retirement leasehold. This is an area of “most concern” according to Douglas Cooper, of the Office of Fair Trading, which is carrying out an inquiry into leasehold management. The programme can be heard here and the item begins 46 minutes into the programme.

Bottomley: ‘possible criminal behaviour involving Peverel’ over tendering scams

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Articles in The Times in 2009 also show Carlex had publicly raised the issue of Cirrus’s tendering scams before Peverel turned itself in Sir Peter Bottomley has waded into the Peverel price-fixing scandal by publicly doubting whether the company had “confessed” to the Office of Fair Trading before being alerted by the three Carlex whistleblowers. […]

LKP / Carlex leasehold websites top 70,000 page views a month

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The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and Carlex websites have confirmed their position as a vital information resource for ordinary leaseholders. Figures from Awstats show that the combined readership of the LKP / Carlex websites topped 70,000 page views in October. This is an astonishing number and shows that there is growing interest among ordinary leaseholders for […]

OFT to make ‘substantive announcement’ on exit fees in August

A letter to a Carlex activist (the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation) reveals that the Office of Fair Trading, whose seemingly interminable investigation into exit fees on sale of leasehold retirement properties has lasted three years, will be making a “substantive announcement” in August. The news comes in a letter of July 11 from Martin […]

New chairman for Carlex

Sebastian O’Kelly has been appointed chairman of Carlex to replace founder Melissa Briggs, who has decided to stand down owing to ill health. “Melissa was the driving force of Carlex in the four years of its existence, and the most effective campaigner I came across in journalism,” said O’Kelly. “She pushed retirement leasehold up the […]

Attack on OFT over exit fees

Hanover housing association, which manages 17,000 retirement properties, attacks Office of Fair Trading for its bungling three-year investigation into exit fees   OFT: Fancy logo and generous budget, but what does it actually do? The Hanover Housing Association, which manages 19,000 retirement properties, has issued a devastating criticism of the Office of Fair Trading for […]