October 23, 2014

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Letter from Arkle Court

Dear Readers I am a pensioner with a disability who is in constant battle with my service managers Peverel Retirement, the Leaseholders Fairhold Homes No4 and builders McCarthy & Stone since I purchased my property in 2003. This was meant to be my dream early retirement and due to my disability chosen as advised on the […]

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Now Anchor wants to grab a £160,000 house manager flat … for £10,000

After Carlex revealed that Hanover had sold 21 house manager flats, the cash-strapped Anchor is proposing to do the same. Residents at Welland Mews, in Stamford in Lincolnshire, were this morning asked whether they want to continue with a resident house manager as the post is vacant. If they agree to this a formal ballot […]

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Telegraph reproduces press release over retirement housing

The Daily Telegraph has today reproduced a press release about the retirement housing sector, this time from construction analysts Glenigan. In full here “There is no doubt that potential demand for these types of property is large, and is only set to grow.

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Now LEASE survival is at stake, it decides to meet the leaseholders

The taxpayer-funded Leasehold Advisory Service organised its first wide-ranging “stakeholder” meeting last Thursday to understand how it can best get feedback from the sector. LKP / Carlex would question why it wants this feedback in the first place, given that LEASE has said absolutely NOTHING about abuses in the sector and left this task entirely […]

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My contingency fund fee on sale paid to modify these six-month old gates

The Carlex reader “Fleeced” thinks contingency fund fees paid on sale are a rip-off and Carlex is wrong not to oppose them. She bought and sold a flat after only six months and had to pay out her contingency fund contribution. Worse, it was needed to pay for new underground carpark gates which might reasonably have […]

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There she blows! Good Admiral Entwistle is heading for FirstPort … but is Capt’n Barbossa still aboard?

By Martin Boyd Last Friday Carlex formally met with Peverel CEO Janet Entwistle at the Houses of Parliament. This time in addition to Sir Peter Bottomley the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick, was able to join the meeting with LKP/CARLEX representatives Sebastian O’Kelly and Martin Boyd. Of course, Janet Entwistle pointed to […]

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Elim Court fails to win epic right to manage on appeal

Residents not informed of court decision of a month ago What are the freeholder’s legal costs? Right To Manage Federation has said it would pay   Elim Court’s battle to break free of London freeholder Israel Moskovitz and his associate Joseph Gurvits has failed on appeal to the Upper Tribunal. The ruling on the right […]

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Bottomley’s hard-hitting speech at Chartered Institute of Housing

Prepared speech by Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Worthing West) to the Chartered Institute of Housing Thursday October 9 2014 EVERY residential leasehold forfeiture should be reported to the Master of the Rolls Forfeiture is “nuclear weapon” in the hands of unscrupulous freeholders and judges “have the responsibility of having a sense of proportion” Evidence of […]

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‘Curtains for exit and sublet fees’ by Law Commission … but not until March 2017

Leasehold exit and sublet fees have been referred to the Law Commission, which will almost certainly be the end of them. This means anyone selling or renting out a retirement or non-retirement flat should keep all documentation with a view to making a claim in two and half years time.

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AgeUK: Retirement leasehold IS NOT WORKING and needs urgent reform

– Self-regulation (by ARHM, ARMA, RICS) has failed – Leasehold tenure itself disempowers residents and makes them vulnerable – Commonhold should be explored – Right to manage needs to be made easier for the elderly – LEASE’s ‘problematic’ role serving all sides in leasehold – CMA’s skimpy Ipsos MORI poll ‘should not be used as the basis […]

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Hanover: 21 house manager flats sold ‘after taking advice’

The Hanover housing association has no set procedure for selling off house manager flats at its 104 retirement sites. It has already sold 21 flats – more here. As leases vary, each site is assessed individually and advice is obtained, Hanover has told Carlex in a statement: “There is some variation in Hanover’s leases, because […]

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FirstPort – which was Peverel last week – makes debut in Private Eye

The satirical magazine Private Eye has featured Peverel’s name-change to FirstPort 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.

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Carlex submission to CMA leasehold inquiry

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 […]

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Skimpy opinion poll used in CMA study of leasehold

- 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 […]

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