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 […]

Ripped-off pensioners, betrayed Carlex whistleblowers, four-year tokenistic OFT inquiry, 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 […]

ARHM’s pathetic response to the Peverel / Cirrus scandal

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… while “under review”, Cirrus sponsors the ARHM summer conference and is doled out generous contracts In the club: Richard Wheeldon, ARHM vice chair, part of the Cirrus review team and an executive of Housing and Care 21 housing association. It handed out a bumper contract to Cirrus in February, two months after the OFT found […]

Nine months in the making: ARHM rules on Peverel / Cirrus scandal

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ARHM STATEMENT INTO PEVEREL PRICE FIXING / COLLUSION FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION BY FORMER OFT. Starts The ARHM Audit and Regulation Committee has been working with Peverel to review the outcome of the OFT investigation into collusive tendering in relation to the supply and installation of certain access and alarm systems to retirement properties. This collusive practice […]

Why does Peverel own these flats?

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Alex Ellison deserves to be congratulated for feeling something was amiss when Peverel began offering the prospect of selling the house manager’s flat at Mere Court. She did well to uncover the fact that the flat did, in fact, belong to Peverel, and not the freeholder, Tchenguiz. This was contrary to what the regional and area managers […]

Biggest right to manage victory ever at Century Wharf, Cardiff

Century Wharf, Cardiff, is a Tchenguiz site of 967 flats that was managed by Peverel. It is the biggest site in the country to have won RTM

The Right To Manage Federation writes … The Right to Manage Federation has achieved its biggest ever RTM at a Peverel managed development of 967 luxury apartments known as Century Wharf, Cardiff. This eclipses England’s biggest RTM, the prestigious Metro Central Heights block of 422 flats at the Elephant & Castle completed by the RTMF […]

AgeUK would not get involved, Shelter has quit, Peverel has been expelled and Esther Rantzen is asking questions … the fiasco of the Campaign for Housing in Later Life

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Last Friday, Peverel was expelled from the House Builders’ Federation campaign to reinvigorate the retirement housing market. Its logo was removed from the campaign’s website, while earlier in the week the homeless charity Shelter also decided to jettison the campaign. AgeUK – which last year removed its logos from the Peverel Retirement site – had […]

Palgrave Gardens gives Peverel its marching orders

Palgrave Gardens, near Regents Park, in central London gave Peverel a one-year contract last year after obtaining right to manage. Now it has given the troubled property manager the boot

Another prime London site says goodbye to Peverel, a year after winning right to manage and allowing the property manager to show what it could achieve. That is: showing what it could achieve working for consumers, as opposed to getting business straight from the developers, or working for its former owner and giant freeholder Vincent […]

Cirrus isn’t an ARMA member so we have nothing to say about the price-fixing scandal, says Michelle Banks

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… but you must take it on trust that if those bits of Peverel that ARE members sign up to ARMA-Q these practices will be ‘outlawed’ and ‘speedily detected’ Michelle Banks (right), chief executive of the Association of Residential Managing Agents, has stated that her organisation will do nothing about the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing […]

Guardian covers more fall out from Peverel’s price-fixing scam with Cirrus Communications

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The Guardian returned to the Peverel price-fixing scam involving Cirrus Communications yesterday. The personal finance editor Patrick Collinson reported Janet Entwistle, Peverel CEO, rejecting calls for compensation. Peverel is insisting on paying only £100,000 as a “goodwill” payment to settle a dispute in which it systematically rigged tender processes in favour of its subsidiary Cirrus […]

Janet Entwistle to Bottomley: £100,000 ‘goodwill’ payment over Cirrus scam stays and she welcomes meeting with MPs and Carlex

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Janet Entwistle, the Peverel chief executive, won’t increase the compensation – Peverel terms it ‘goodwill’ – offered to sites that were likely to have been cheated in the price-fixing scandal. Her decision is made in reply to Sir Peter Bottomley – copied in to LibDem Cabinet minister Ed Davey and Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick – […]

Three MPs tell Entwistle to pay up more over Peverel / Cirrus scandal, or accept binding mediation

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Janet Entwistle, the chief executive of Peverel, was this afternoon sent a letter from Sir Peter Bottomley demanding higher compensation to sites cheated in the Cirrus cartel, or to accept independent binding mediation. The letter is backed by Ed Davey, Energy Secretary and LibDem MP for Surbiton and Kingston, and Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Limehouse […]

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 […]

Sub-letting fees should not be more than £40, landlords are told (four times by the Land Tribunal)

This binding ruling by the Upper Chamber (Lands Tribunal) of January 2012 should be quoted in all correspondence where freeholders or their agents are demanding sub-letting fees of more than £40 plus VAT which are not specified in the lease Click here In monetary terms sub-letting fees are one of the more trifling little earners […]

Peverel loses 2,376 prime London units

Peverel has taken a hammering in central London this year and lost the management of a number of key sites. And its former owner, the Tchenguiz Family Trust is going along with the decision to replace the giant management company. The Berkeley Group – often at the behest of residents – has been pressing the […]

AgeUK removes its logos from the Peverel Retirement website

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AgeUK today removed its logos from the Peverel Retirement website, after their presence was drawn to its attention by Carlex. No explanation has been given why the logos – for AgeUK, Age Cymru and Age Scotland – were placed on the Peverel Retirement website. The AgeUK logos sat on a page titled “Affiliates and Accreditations” […]

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 […]

Carlex meets lawyers over Peverel price-fixing scandal

A meeting was held in London on Wednesday with lawyers to discuss how Carlex should proceed with the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal. Also, the Office of Fair Trading is under scrutiny at the highest level for cutting a leniency deal with Peverel, ostensibly because Peverel turned itself in in December 2009 by admitting the […]

Hand over £100,000 house manager’s flat at retirement leasehold site and we will give you £10,000, say Peverel / Tchenguiz

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Residents at Mere Court in Cheshire have been offered a £10,000 donation to their contingency fund – provided they surrender their interest in the house manager’s flat. A meeting was held by Peverel at the 39-flat site last Friday (July 19) and the residents are now to be balloted on whether they wish to dispense […]

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 […]

Winter of misery ends for couple in leasehold flat, thanks to LKP

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A couple who endured squirrels rampaging in the roof and rainwater running down the walls of their leasehold flat have at last had their complaints vindicated, thanks to the intervention of Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. Ade Bankole, 38, and his wife Otitokan Oluwo, 35, had been complaining to Peverel since October last year without success. Rivulets […]