March 2, 2015

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Carlex: What we want

  The Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation (Carlex) exists to protect the elderly in leasehold flats and to help create a fair and healthy retirement housing market. This is a sector with a poor reputation that has been the subject of critical tribunal rulings, two investigations by the Office of Fair Trading and debated in […]

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How we got rid of Peverel and Girling’s advertising boards

Anyone else having issues of this sort? A reader writes: After some sustained and determined pressure we have managed to get the Peverel / Girlings advertising sign taken down from the communal area of our development as this was in clear breach of the terms of the original lease. It is of note that the […]

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Tchenguiz’s £2.2bn compo claim ‘liberally interspersed with assertions of fraud, falsity, dishonesty and improper motive’, says judge

(Sounds like an email to Carlex from an aggrieved leaseholder …) Vincent Tchenguiz’s £2.2 billion legal action against accountants Grant Thornton has suffered a set-back as his documentation was described by a judge as “too long and failed to make clear the facts of the case”. Tchenguiz wants compo from Grant Thornton which he believes […]

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Metcalfe Court overcomes 11th-hour frustrations to break free of Tchenguiz and Peverel

The long-running saga for right to manage at Metcalfe Court, in Romiley in Cheshire, has at last come to an end and the pensioner residents are now rid of the Tchenguiz-appointed Peverel / FirstPort management. On February 20, the management of the site passed to family-run Macclesfield firm Jones Associates, which is accredited to the […]

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Watch out! There’s a lease running out

Michael Hollands was appalled to discover the expense and difficulty involved in extending a lease in a retirement site There is one culprit in this unsatisfactory leasehold system that can end up being a big cost to leaseholders, particularly those who reside in retirement complexes: an even bigger cost than inflated management charges or exit […]

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Cycle ride to celebrate the life of Neil Dalton

By Sebastian O’Kelly Please could I ask all those who have been helped by Carlex to sponsor me in a two-day cycle ride across the Pennines to celebrate the life of medical student Neil Dalton, 22. Neil was murdered last summer in Sarawak, Borneo, with his friend Aidan Brunger.

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Woodchester Valley Village: this is what can be achieved when a retirement site manages itself

The Daily Mail today runs an article about Woodchester Valley Village: thought to be the only mutually owned retirement village in the country. The village, four miles outside Stroud, has been in other publications such as the BBC and the Guardian, here

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Law Commission investigates retirement transfer fees

The Law Commission is reporting its work into the issue of retirement leasehold exit fee here Anyone who has paid these fees, can contact the Law Commission on this email address: transfer_fees@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk Following a considerable amount of activity by Carlex, the issue of exit and subletting fees was taken up by the Office of Fair […]

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Re-energised LEASE annual conference 2015

A re-energised and confident Leasehold Advisory Service held its LEASE annual conference 2015 in central London last Wednesday. It was a gathering of some of the brightest – perhaps most socially engaged – of the players in the professional leasehold world: lawyers, surveyors, property tribunal judges, property managers. For the third time – and it […]

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Service charges increase by £40,000 in ten years at Arkle Court, says resident

We have received the following from Ged Walsh, of Arkle Court, Chester: Dear Sirs, Madams and Readers I write as a pensioner homeowner living in a Retirement Block built in 2000 by McCarthy & Stone with freeholders Fairhold Homes (No4) Ltd and Peverel / FirstPort as the Service Managers. We purchased our flat in 2003 […]

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Janet Entwistle stands down at Peverel

… 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 / Carlex has been received this afternoon: Janet Entwistle to stand down as CEO of Knight Square Following the successful […]

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Packed Carlex / LKP meeting at Westminster for leasehold reform

Seventy key figures in the leasehold sector – including some battle-scarred leaseholders – attended a packed Westminster on Thursday January 29 to hear how leasehold could be reformed. The meeting was hosted by MPs Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick, and chaired by Martin Boyd, of LKP / Carlex. It included presentations from Phillip Rainey, QC, […]

New chief executives for Peverel / FirstPort property management companies

This is just on the Knight Square website. Janet Entwistle is chief executive of Knight Square, which controls the group. New CEO and MD appointments at FirstPort Following the successful launch of FirstPort to unite all property services businesses under one brand, Nigel Howell has been appointed as CEO of FirstPort and Keith Shields as […]

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Andy Davey promoted. He headed Cirrus during Peverel’s price-fixing

Andy Davey, Peverel’s former head of business excellence and Cirrus executive, has been appointed MD of Appello Davey was the head of operations for Cirrus from 2002 and became head of the business from 2007 to 2009. The Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing scandal involved cheating pensioners at 65 sites by installing Cirrus equipment through bogus […]

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Carlex at Number 10

LKP / Carlex were invited to 10 Downing Street for a meeting this afternoon to discuss the leasehold sector and the need for reform. Every area of the sector was discussed – including, at length, retirement housing – at a meeting that was held at the request of Sir Peter Bottomley, who was accompanied by […]

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Roger Southam ‘conflict of interest’ as LEASE chair, leaseholder tells housing minister

A leaseholder in north London today has written to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis saying that the appointment of Roger Southam as chairman of LEASE creates a “serious conflict of interest”. Agnes Kory, who copied her email in to MPs Glenda Jackson MP and Sir Peter Bottomley, as well as the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, lives at […]

All Peverel companies applying to ARMA-Q

Statement from Peverel received this morning: All of our ARMA members have applied for ARMA-Q accreditation. These applications are currently being processed by ARMA. Peverel Retirement has applied for ARMA membership and this application is also being processed by ARMA. The statement concerning Peverel companies does not address Peverel retirement referred to the ARMA regulator Keith […]

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