Next Wednesday former chief executive of Peverel Retirement Keith Edgar will try to persuade residents at Grace Darling House in Poole to appoint his new company Freemont Property Managers to take the site right to manage.
A minority of residents are deeply concerned at the proposal, with many feeling that they would be better off remaining with housing association Stonewater.
Residents have received and circulated an anonymous letter urging residents to avoid Freemont Property Management, referencing the former Peverel executives behind it. It also refers to the Office of Fair Trading ruling over the Peverel / Cirrus price fixing scandal of December 2013.
In a further complication, residents claim only one director of the RTM company, June Hawkins, is backing the move with Freemont Property Managers.
The other director, Kenneth Lippett, is said to have stood down.
Residents claim that Freemont Property Managers will absorb the costs of RTM in exchange for a two-year management contract.
Carlex would question whether the interests of residents are served by the appointment of a company headed by individuals who have spent their careers in property management resisting leaseholder empowerment.
If this right to manage application is also causing division and ill-feeling, residents may well be better off simply remaining with Stonewater.
Carlex has not received any complaints about the housing association.
It is sad to urge caution over a right to manage application, which is generally a very good thing. But if it is a source of disharmony, it may well be better to leave it for the moment.
A final point is that the residents who have contacted Carlex have not seen the articles and memoranda of association of the RTM company, which will explain how it is governed.
Unless Grace Darling House can elect – not appoint – three independent minded directors, representing the views of the residents, it would be better to halt this.
One dominant director should not be taking a site to RTM.