Tatton Court is the latest Cheshire retirement site wanting to be rid of the FirstPort / Tchenguiz management which dominates private retirement housing.
“We feel that you are being deliberately awkward in blocking our claim,” the RTM directors write to Estates and Management, the Tchenguiz company that manages his freehold portfolio.
“We also feel that having had a month to review this claim and having already had the opportunity to review previous paperwork, you are using delaying tactics and trying to stall our claim from succeeding.”
The freeholder here is Proxima GR Properties, ultimately owned offshore by entities in the British Virgin Islands and controlled by the Tchenguiz Family Trust. This is understood to serve the interests of Vincent Tchenguiz.
At one point he controlled one per cent of all residential freeholds, which with gearing made him one of the leading UK corporate players to the point that he was bidding for Sainsbury’s before the crash.
Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz were wrongly arrested by the Serious Fraud Office in March 2011, at which point Peverel was pitched into administration.
The highly controversial property management company, whose subsidiary Cirrus systematically cheated pensioners at 65 retirement sites through a collusive tendering scam, decided to change its name to FirstPort in December 2014.
The Tatton Court RTM directors copy their correspondence to Ann Coffey MP, Sir Peter Bottomley and Carlex.
It appears that they are withdrawing their RTM claim “for the moment and will consider our way forward and if we proceed to a First Tier Tribunal”.
The right to manage application appears to be organised by former Peverel area manager Sue Earnshaw, of Select Reirement Service. A Jonathan Earnshaw is given as the RTM company secretary.