April 26, 2017

Kyle Court in Scotland: FirstPort just won’t spend our money

This is the sort of dilemma leasehold owners in retirement sites in England and Wales can only dream about. Residents at Kyle Court in Ayr, a McCarthy and Stone site built in 1992 and managed (inevitably) by FirstPort, want to spend around £8,000 in the contingency fund on painting balconies and the outside walls. But […]

Stonewater pensioners ‘turn to Freemont Property Managers for right to manage’

Pensioners at two Stonewater housing association retirement sites are said to be seeking right to manage using Freemont Property Managers – the company founded by ex-Peverel politburo members. Some held senior positions in the company when Peverel’s subsidiary Cirrus was systematically cheating pensioners in a price fixing racket that was busted by the Office of […]

ARMA regulator to rule on whether to admit FirstPort Retirement ‘within days’

After more than three months of deliberation, the Rt Hon Keith Hill, regulator of the Association of Residential Managing Agents, is poised to make a decision on whether Peverel / FirstPort Retirement is a fit and proper candidate to join the association. Alex Ellison, and others, made a series of complaints concerning Peverel / FirstPort […]

Carlex tells Parliament: ‘feeling in retirement leasehold is that the bad guys always win’

Last Wednesday saw a session of Lord Best’s All Party Parliamentary Group on retirement housing and care. Sebastian O’Kelly, trustee of Carlex / LKP, made the following points about private leasehold retirement housing to the APPG: In part, the elderly are not downsizing to retirement housing because they think they will be cheated, and they […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Glib-tongued’ Cirrus in £26,071 works at Homefarris House

This letter from resident Anne Curran was posted in a comment on LKP, but is of more relevance to Carlex. Any advice can be posted below, or send to admin@carlex.org.uk, and it will be forwarded. Doubtless after the issue has been raised publicly the dissidents of Homefarris House can expect a visit from the balm-dispensers at […]

Cooee! Peverel becomes FirstPort and is heading for ARMA-Q … But will it be welcome?

Like the unwanted guest at a party, Peverel has put on some outlandish new clothes and now seeks to crash ARMA-Q. It is rolling out its new FirstPort brand, which means when you click on the Peverel website you are passed on to a new site. The change in name is taking place a year […]

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 […]

Peverel rebrand: is something up for sale?

The new company structure after the Peverel rebrand strongly suggests something is going to be sold. A useful schematic of the existing and future company structures is given here and above:

Any port in a storm … as Peverel changes its name to FirstPort

In what appears a desperate measure, Peverel is renaming itself FirstPort. In an announcement today all its property services businesses will be rebranded FirstPort, uniting them together under one brand. An expensive logo is doubtless underway, and be prepared for a deluge of queasy photographs of elderly residents in a state of rapture and joy. It […]

Janet Entwistle says no staff ‘involved directly’ in Cirrus scam – or even ‘linked’ – are still employed

Janet Entwistle, the Peverel CEO, assured Carlex earlier this year that no one involved directly in the Cirrus price-fixing scam – or even “linked” – was still employed by the company. Janet Entwistle’s was speaking at a meeting with Carlex / LKP at the Commons on February 10, hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley. She is […]