APPG, April 26 The chief executive of FirstPort welcomed more professionalism in the residential property management sector, especially when dealing with vitally important issues such as tower blocks with defective cladding. Nigel Howell also told the APPG on April 26 how his company responded to the discovery of Grenfell cladding at Citiscape in Croydon, where […]
The leaseholders at the Citiscape site in Croydon are to bear the costs of removing the Grenfell cladding and for the fire watch, the property tribunal has ruled. Without other intervention, this means that some of the leaseholders will inevitably lose their homes. Although the tribunal has ruled that estimated costs to replace the cladding […]
The controversial FirstPort Retirement managing agent has been admitted into the Association of Residential Managing Agents FirstPort, formerly Peverel, was responsible for systematically cheating pensioners in retirement sites which resulted in an Office of Fair Trading ruling of bid rigging in December 2014. The scandal involved its subsidiary Cirrus competing for expensive electronic door entry […]
UPDATE: FirstPort response, 6pm; Guardian report, 6.22pm; MailOnline report 23.40 Tchenguiz / FirstPort goes to court on February 6 to dump the £2 million costs of removing Grenfell Tower cladding at Citiscape, in Croydon, on the leaseholders. If successful, the leaseholders claim that they will have to pay up in full by March, while FirstPort […]
At least 20 private blocks affected Bills for fire marshals at one site have reached £16,000 a week Leaseholders in the Citiscape block of flats in Croydon face a £750,000 – £1 million bill to remove the same insulation cladding involved in the Grenfell Tower fire. Two fire marshals are employed 24/7 at £5,000 a […]
The property management company FirstPort was fined £360,000 today over the fatal fire at Gibson Court on September 30 2011. The full sentence is not available at this time. The following statement has been provided to Campaign against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation/ LKP by FirstPort chief executive Nigel Howell. “We are sincerely sorry for and deeply […]
LKP has not been backward in criticising Peverel / FirstPort over the years. However, it is reasonable and fair that the company’s achievement in getting on top of the service charge accounts is recognised. Here FirstPort CEO Nigel Howell (below right) explains that more than 99% of its service charge accounts are completed on time The […]
FirstPort Retirement, formerly Peverel, should not be admitted to ARMA because it has an unaccounted-for portfolio of house managers’ flats and has a track record of misleading residents when trying to sell them. These were the arguments put on Monday to Keith Hill, a former New Labour housing minister, who is the regulator of ARMA […]
FirstPort / Peverel, the country’s largest and most controversial apartment manager, has interviewed 738 Londoners and found that they quite like living in a flat. As they bought a flat or chose to rent in the first place, this is encouraging news and they don’t feel that they have made a mistake. It did not […]
A leaseholder at Phoenix House in Leicester has fought off demands for £10,808.60 from Peverel / FirstPort, represented by the debt-collecting solicitors JB Leitch. Jacqueline Henderson has been in dispute over service charges since 2010, which she claims are erroneous. After attempting to obtain the money for some time, FirstPort then threw in the towel and […]
In a wide ranging BBC 5 Live Investigates programme on leasehold scandals – which can be heard here – Sir Peter Bottomley said the Charity Commission should recognise LKP’s application without further delays. He told interviewer Adrian Goldberg on May 24 (for which LKP reproduces the transcript below): “The Charity Commission need to register Leasehold […]
But don’t feel any obligation to join on our account! ARMA has finally published a list of its full members – more than four months after making the more rigorous ARMA-Q the criteria for membership. Until today, the only clue as to who was a member of ARMA was the stream of congratulations posted on […]
Just over a week after being contacted by LKP, Peverel / FirstPort has had to pay back £39,377 to Hillside Court, in Ormskirk. The money was wrongly paid to the freeholder over the past 15 years after flats were sold, rather than transferred to the retirement site’s contingency fund. Residents spotted the extraordinary error in […]
In an extraordinary admission, Peverel / FirstPort says it has paid over thousands of pounds of contingency funds at Hillside Court, Ormskirk, to the landlord “by mistake”. Residents estimate that up to £40,000 is at issue, involving the one per cent contingency fund fess payable on sale of the properties.
… aka Knight Square and FirstPort UPDATE: Feb 6 2015: The initial headline on this article, “Janet Entwistle is given the push at Peverel” was factually inaccurate, we are informed. The following statement to LKP has been received this afternoon: Janet Entwistle to stand down as CEO of Knight Square Following the successful launch of […]
A complaint about Peverel Retirement is being considered by ARMA regulator Keith Hill even before the trade body rules on whether it meets the criteria of ARMA-Q. The complaint comes from Alex Ellison, whose mother lives in Mere Court, in Knutsford, Cheshire. It concerns Peverel’s ownership and disposal of house managers’ flats.