April 24, 2017

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FirstPort fined £360,000 over fatal fire at Gibson Court

The property management company FirstPort was fined £360,000 today over the fatal fire at Gibson Court on September 30 2011. More here The full sentence is not available at this time. The following statement has been provided to Carlex / LKP by FirstPort chief executive Nigel Howell. “We are sincerely sorry for and deeply regret […]

Gibson Court death was ‘tragic accident’, but coroner criticises safety procedures

  The death of Irene Cockerton, 87, in the fire at Gibson Court was a “tragic accident”, the coroner ruled last Friday. Irene was the only resident who did not reach safety after fire swept through the retirement leasehold site on September 30 2011. Her body was found by rescue workers the next day in […]

Inquest ends into death at Gibson Court

The inquest into the fatal fire at Gibson Court has ended and the coroner will return a verdict in the coming weeks. Irene Cockerton, 87, died of asphyxiation in the fire at the Hinchley Wood site on September 30 2011. Surrey Fire and Rescue has identified a neighbour’s television as the source of the fire. […]

Inquest over fatal fire at Gibson Court reported by media

Two and a half years after her death the inquest is finally taking place into the death of Irene Cockerton, 87, in the fire at Gibson Court, in Surrey. Local media are reporting the inquest, which will conclude at the end of the week. A verdict will take several weeks. Mrs Cockerton died of smoke inhalation […]

Warner Court sky-high sublet costs when a relative goes into care

This is a recent inquiry to Carlex from Warner Court, in Sandhurst, Berkshire: “My mother-in-law owns a flat and may have to go into a care home. “We were considering renting out the property but have been told by E & M [the Tchenguiz interests based in the British Virgin islands], that in addition to […]

Names for Peverel to conjure with … 39 Pegasus Courts!

Carlex has had a closer look at the list of 1,466 Peverel managed retirement sites … and has discovered that 283 have the same names. That’s 19% of the total. The full list with the constituency MP is here: Peverel Retirement homes    And the full list grouped as names with postcodes is here: PeverelSites […]

Man, 90, dies in fire at Homepine House

A 90-year-old resident of Homepine House died in a fire at Homepine House, in Folkestone, on Saturday night. Emergency services were called after a fire broke out on the fifth floor in the bedroom of the resident, who has not been named. The website Kent Online reported the fire here and quoted police saying: “A […]

Law Commission outlines ‘event’ fee report, but still wants to hear from leaseholders

About 100 of those who have contributed to the Law Commission report into retirement housing “event” fees were invited to an evening get-together at Westminster last Thursday. There was wine and canapés and gossip, after attendees had digested the evening’s theme “Building Fairness: Growing a housing market older people can trust”. Esther Rantzen was the […]

How can we stop Peverel spending £20,000 on fire alarm upgrade?

Can readers share their experiences to help this gentleman? (Prompts to use commercial services may be removed) Hello Sebastian, Thank you for your prompt reply to my email about Homepine House in Kent. I would like to understand more about their problems as we may have a similar problem looming here. I live in XXX. […]

‘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.

McCarthy and Stone reform sublet fees after discussions with Carlex

Following discussions with Carlex, McCarthy and Stone is dropping the one per cent contingency fund contribution that has to be paid every time a flat is rented out. It is replacing the sublet fees, which are a percentage of either the purchase price or market value of a flat, with a one-off payment of £80 plus […]

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

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 […]