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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Times reports inquiry into dodgy freeholders

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Deidre Hipwell, of the Times, reports: Dodgy landlords should be on their guard after the Office of Fair Trading launched an investigation into the residential property management industry. After years of complaints from millions of flat owners claiming they were being overcharged for poor service to maintain their homes, the OFT said it wanted to […]

Carlex whistleblowers were THREATENED with prosecution if they went public over OFT’s toothless £500k investigation into Peverel-Cirrus

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The three Carlex whistleblowers of the Peverel-Cirrus scam were threatened with prosecution by the Office of Fair Trading  if they revealed the investigation. The threat was minuted by the OFT on September 27 2012 even though it had already decided to give Peverel leniency and not take any action. In a blatant example of shooting the […]

Peverel cheated pensioners in £1.4 million tenders at 65 sites, says OFT

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… now ALL sites should exercise right to manage and be rid of them … ‘the system is rotten’ to have allowed Peverel / Cirrus to get off, says Bottomley Update: Guardian reports OFT and Peverel Cirrus scandal Update: BBC reports Peverel / Cirrus scandal   The Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal was finally confirmed […]

LKP gets full investigation into leasehold management by the Office of Fair Trading

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The Office of Fair Trading today announced a full investigation into leasehold in England and Wales. The announcement has been prompted by the campaigning of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and its sister website Carlex (www.carlex.org.uk), the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation. In September LKP / Carlex involved prime minister David Cameron in the issue of […]

The Oldie reports Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal

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The alleged Peverel / Cirrus price–fixing scandal has been reported at length in this month’s issue of The Oldie. (Click on image) It repeats Sir Peter Bottomley’s view that Peverel has undertaken “unlawful and probably criminal actions” and he dismisses the Office of Fair Trading’s fiction that Peverel turned itself in. Carlex can demonstrate that […]

Davey and Bottomley quiz OFT over its leniency deal with Peverel over the Cirrus price-fixing scam

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Energy Secretary Ed Davey demanded answers this afternoon from the Office of Fair Trading over its tardy investigation into the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal. He and Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, wanted to know why the investigation was so protracted and why Peverel was offered a 100 per cent leniency deal. Peverel […]

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. […]

Fury as OFT may give Peverel immunity over Cirrus price-fixing scandal

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UPDATE July 10 2013: LKP / Carlex received this email from the Office of Fair Trading this afternoon, shortly after a meeting with Sir Peter Bottomley at which this scandal was discussed: I am the team leader for the OFT’s investigation into certain access control and alarm systems companies, with respect to which the OFT issued […]

OFT cuts deal with Tchenguiz on leasehold retirement sub-letting fees, but exit fees on sale still stand

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The Office of Fair Trading has secured undertakings from Fairhold Homes Ltd and associated companies controlled by the Tchenguiz Family Trust to change how they charge retirement leasehold transfer fees at their 53,000 retirement developments. The OFT has been investigating exit fees, which are payable when a tenant sells or lets out their retirement home […]

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 […]

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 […]

February news archive (headlines)

29.02.12  Stop ‘opaque’ charges, says London Assembly In the most hard-hitting report in years on the property management business, the London Assembly says half a billion pounds in service charges is being spent every year by Londoners in a business that is overdue for reform. Our news report and the full Assembly report can be […]