August 23, 2014

Beyond belief: price-fixing cheat Glyn Jackson is – AGAIN! – back at Peverel sites

Glyn Jackson Communications escaped £35,700 fine from OFT over bogus tendering by going into liquidation. Now a new company, Safeguard, is at work at the Adelphi site in Harrogate

Glyn Jackson Communications did not pay £35,700 fine from OFT over bogus tendering as it went into liquidation. Now a new company, Safeguard, is at work at the Adelphi site in Harrogate

Eight months after the Office of Fair Trading revealed the Cirrus collusive tendering scandal, scamming contractor Glyn Jackson is again working on retirement sites managed by Peverel.

Glyn Jackson, whose company did not pay an OFT fine of £35,700 after going into liquidation, is this week installing similar electronic systems with a new company at the Adelphi retirement site in Harrogate. [Read more...]

Why was a new lease issued to Peverel on a house manager’s flat, when the residents’ leases say this should not be done?

LandRegistryThe issue of the ownership of the house manager’s flat at Mere Court, Knutsford, has again been raised, this time with the Land Registry.

Alex Ellison, whose mother lives at the site, wrote explaining that all the leases at Mere Court (registered under the freehold title of CH261040) were created 20 years ago.

In all 39 leases there is a clause on page two: [Read more...]

ARHM’s pathetic response to the Peverel / Cirrus scandal

… while “under review”, Cirrus sponsors the ARHM summer conference and is doled out generous contracts

 

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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 it had carried out collusive tendering and without waiting for a decision on the company by the ARHM review team.

Just as well, then, that the ARHM did not subject Cirrus to disciplinary measures … (as if that were ever likely)

 

PEVERELPRICEFIXINGSCANDALIt is now 13 months since the defunct Office of Fair Trading published its preliminary findings showing competition infringements by Peverel Group companies including Cirrus.

Now the Association of Retirement Housing Managers, whose largest funder is Peverel, has provided a three-page document on the price fixing.

ARHM accepts such a practice is in breach of its code, but then concludes no action should be taken. [Read more...]

Nine months late, the ARHM makes ruling on Cirrus scandal …

… and accepts Peverel’s assurance it REALLY won’t happen again

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ARHM STATEMENT INTO PEVEREL PRICE FIXING / COLLUSION FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION BY FORMER OFT.

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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 breaches the principles of the ARHM in seeking to raise the standards of management in retirement housing and, in particular, it breaches the standards within our Government approved Code of Practice.

The ARHM and Peverel have agreed not to revisit the detail of the investigation as both parties agree with the findings of the OFT. Those finding were against Cirrus Communication Systems Ltd, which is a Peverel Group company. Therefore, the OFT determination was not made in respect of Peverel Retirement (also part of the Peverel Group) however, despite this fact, we felt it incumbent upon the ARHM to investigate whether a breach of our principles or the Code of Practice have occurred. [Read more...]

ARHM rejects complaint that Peverel pushed Mere Court residents into agreeing house manager’s flat sale …

Residents at Mere Court in Knutsford were told the house manager's flat belonged to Proxima. In fact, it belonged to Peverel, which wanted to sell it

Residents at Mere Court in Knutsford were told the house manager’s flat belonged to Proxima. In fact, it belonged to Peverel, which wanted to sell it

 

… a flat that, it emerged, Peverel itself owned

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The daughter of a resident at Mere Court in Knutsford who believed Peverel was urging the sale of the house manager’s flat for financial gain has had her complaint rejected by the ARHM.

Alex Ellison was appalled to discover that Peverel was encouraging the sale of the flat while repeatedly saying it belonged to the freeholder Proxima, part of the Tchenguiz Family Trust. [Read more...]

ARHM action over Cirrus has ‘involved ONE inquiry to Peverel’

The cosy insiderism at the heart of retirement leasehold management is displayed in an email exchange by Peverel to a Carlex reader.

It suggests that the resolve of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers to hold Peverel / Cirrus to task over the collusive tendering scandal is a rather less robust than the ARHM claims.

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

 

Irene Cockerton was the only Gibson Court residents who did not reach safety during the  fire in September 2011

Irene Cockerton was the only Gibson Court resident who did not reach safety during the fire in September 2011

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 her wardrobe where she is believed to have taken shelter. She died of asphyxiation. [Read more...]

Tchenguiz’s PR company New Century Media detonates Bottomley during Queen’s Speech debate

  • Tchenguiz PR man named in Commons

  • ‘Apology’ by obscure website to Vincent Tchenguiz read to MPs

  • Sir Peter asks what was Tchenguiz’s role during the Peverel / Cirrus price fixing scandal?

  • Tchenguiz freehold valuations questioned

  • Why are huge loans issued against valuations ‘created from thin air’?

  • Government should put pressure on professional standards bodies to ‘terrify life’ out of those assisting dubious practices

David Leslie and PR boss David Burnside, of New Century, which is employed by Vincent Tchenguiz. Leslie's email to Sir Peter Bottomley resulted in Tchenguiz's leasehold interests coming to the attention of the Commons

David Leslie and PR boss David Burnside, of New Century Media, which is employed by Vincent Tchenguiz. Leslie’s email to Sir Peter Bottomley resulted in Tchenguiz’s leasehold interests coming to the attention of the Commons

An initiative by Vincent Tchenguiz’s PR company New Century Media spectacularly misfired last night with junior PR man David Leslie being named in the Commons and his client’s leasehold activities coming under scrutiny.

Just after 9pm, Sir Peter Bottomley made the last intervention in the debate on the Queen’s Speech to discuss Tchenguiz’s involvement in leasehold.

He referred to leaseholders “who in many ways have been brutally abused, financially challenged and often intimidated”. [Read more...]

Knights Court wins RTM after Peverel dropped the action …

… well, it is a Tchenguiz site

Knight's Court, where Peverel is claimed to have begun a right to manage application only to drop it when Tchenguiz said 'no'

Knight’s Court, where Peverel is claimed to have begun a right to manage application only to drop it when Tchenguiz said ‘no’

Peverel began a right to manage process at retirement site Knights Court in Balsall Common, in Solihull, only to drop the claim after the freeholder objected, it is claimed.

The freeholder is the Tchenguiz Family Trust, which owns the freeholds of 1,500 retirement sites, or 53,000 retirement flats, and is Peverel’s principal client and employer. [Read more...]

Sites line up for legal action over Cirrus scandal

Be like Tchenguiz (your freeholder and former Peverel owner) and claim:

CirrusscandalElderly residents at six of the 65 sites that were cheated in the Peverel / Cirrus scandal over price-fixing have come forward to demand compensation.

The residents are eager to take legal action against the property manager. Carlex is not naming them or the sites, for obvious reasons.

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