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Complaint Review: FRESH START LIVING

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  • Submitted: Sun, November 04, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, March 02, 2013

  • Reported By: Anna Gardner — Reading United Kingdom
FRESH START LIVING
2nd Floor Oak Court, Clifton Business Park, Nationwide United States of America

FRESH START LIVING CEO CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM, DIRECTOR PHIL WRIGHT Montgomery House Landlords owed thousands of pounds by Fresh Start !!!!! Manchester, Nationwide

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Montgomery House landlords are taking action against Fresh Start Living who are failing to honour their rental guarantee agreements. A number of landlords have received nothing since June 2012!!
This situation is alarming as we understand that all pods in the property are currently rented out to students, many of whom have handed over rents for the entire academic year to Fresh Start. However Fresh Start appear to have so far pocketed the money as many landlords have either received bad cheques or are being fobbed off with the following excuses - promises to pay by the end of the week; computer systems failure; or blaming individual employees as dishonest, incompetent or both!

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This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/04/2012 03:13 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/FRESH-START-LIVING/nationwide/FRESH-START-LIVING-CEO-CHARLIE-CUNNINGHAM-DIRECTOR-PHIL-WRIGHT-Montgomery-House-Landlords-964634. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: ravegarden - ()

LONDON property developer is behind a bid to wind up Salford buy-to-let specialist FreshStart Living.

Roger Walters, chief executive of Supercity UK which operates three aparthotels in the capital, is chasing FreshStart over a £20,000 deposit he paid on 10 flats at a proposed FreshStart student scheme in Nottingham.

He says the scheme is now not going ahead and he wants his money back, but FreshStart insists the development is on track, although it has been delayed.

The company was planning to convert a 30,000 sq ft office building at the Victoria Shopping Centre into 157 student apartments in time for the 2012-13 academic year.

Mr Walters said: “They didn’t own the property and they never bought it so there was no chance of developing it so I asked for my money back, and they just don’t give it back, it’s incredible, they just don’t.”

Mr Walters issued a statutory demand, which gives a debtor 21 days to pay, and then issued a winding-up petition which was heard in London on Monday. The case was adjourned to give both sides time to submit evidence.

FreshStart’s chief executive Charlie Cunningham said it was “rubbish” that the Nottingham development had been abandoned. “We’ve exchanged contracts which makes us the beneficial owner and we’re going through the planning process to change it into student accommodation. It’s taken much longer than we hoped it would but there’s no question of the scheme not going ahead.”

He added: “He’s reserved six units and is contractually obliged to buy the units and complete. We’ve offered him a number of alternatives but that hasn’t come to anything.”

But Mr Walters told TheBusinessDesk he was not interested in other developments. He said: “I’m not going to let it go, I’m going to take it all the way. They’re not denying they have the money, they even offered to move it to another scheme. They’re not denying it, they just don’t want to give it back.”

A developer for 30 years, Mr Walters said he wanted to “let someone else do the developing” and has also put a deposit of £75,000 down on six flats at FreshStart’s Trafford Press scheme in Manchester which has not yet been completed.

as featured in businessdesk.com by James Graham

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#2 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Psk111 - ()

NEW INFORMATION FORUM to enable Investors in any of the Freshstart Living/FSL companies to voice any concerns/problems we may have had. Please use it, and publish the following website address wherever you can.
Hopefully, this will prove beneficial for the many people who have invested money in fresh start living property investments.

http://freshstartinvestors.freeforums.net
 
also, direct email to join the group of concerned investors:     mardwick@inbox.com

 
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

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AUTHOR: Psk111 - ()

There is now a single collective forum to enable Investors in any of the Freshstart Living/FSL companies to voice any concerns/problems we may have had. 

Please use it, and publish the following website address wherever you can. Hopefully, this will prove beneficial for the many people who have invested money in fresh start living property investments. 

www.freshstartlivinginvestors.blogspot.com

also, 

direct email : mardwick@inbox.com 
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#4 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: anonymous - (United Kingdom)

FreshStart subsidiary facing winding up petition

A WINDING up petition has been filed against a subsidiary of the Salford property developer FreshStart Living.

The case against FSL Properties Montgomery will be heard in Manchester on Monday.

The business was set up in 2011 to buy Montgomery House, a former YMCA building in Whalley Range, south Manchester, which FreshStart turned into student flats and sold on to individual investors.

Last year FSL Properties Montgomery sold the freehold to Stratford-upon-Avon-based property group Marden Ltd for 930,000.

But a petition is being brought against the company by Dr Ahmed Al-Sened of Wilmslow, who is being represented by Manchester law firm EOS.

FreshStart claims Dr Ahmed Al-Sened is not a creditor and it plans to defend the action when it is heard in court.

In January the building's management company, FSL Management Montgomery, was wound up following action by investors who bought flats in the block but said tenants' rent was not being passed on to them. 

Accountancy firm RSM Tenon has been appointed liquidator by the Official Receiver and claims 140,000 has not been
paid. Management of the building was handed over to Hertfordshire-based Residential Management Group before Christmas.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that a FreshStart student scheme in Bradford was shut down in November for breaching fire regulations.

Following an inspection of Provident Financial's former headquarters, Colonnade House in Sunbridge Road, West Yorkshire Fire Service issued a prohibition notice. The fire service said there were inadequate means of escape and
inadequate means for giving warning.

FreshStart acquired the nine-storey 1960s building in 2011 and was converting it into 200 student rooms. At the time of the inspection only the top three floors had been completed and were occupied by up to 70 students who were forced
to move out.

FreshStart said a re-inspection had taken place in the past two weeks and it should be signed off soon. A register on the Chief Fire Officers Association website shows the notice is still in force.

credit: James Graham - thebusinessdesk
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#5 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

Fresh Start Living Limited has approached creditors with a view to agreement to a CVA (company voluntary arrangement). It is insolvent.

Any creditor considering this option should bear in mind that the director of Fresh Start Living Limited, Philip Wright, placed his last company (Wrightchoice Developments Limited) into a CVA which failed.

Wrightchoice Developments Limited is now in liquidation. The value of creditors is 6million.

NO ONE HAS RECEIVED A PENNY.
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#6 Consumer Comment

FSL Greenock

AUTHOR: D. Goodwin - (United Kingdom)

I am currently having dialogue with my solicitors (local) and I am also in discussions with solicitors in Scotland (due to particularities of Scottish law). It seems that the best course would be a class action between as many investors as possible, spreading the costs and making the action cost viable. 
I am contactable on email on nilak@btinternet.com from which i can then provide further details, contact numbers etc.
I am certainly not one to give up on this issue and I am determined to get a successful resolution.
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#7 Consumer Comment

Greenock Halls.. more

AUTHOR: R Martin - (Switzerland)

Many of us continue to not receive payments from FSL. As a result, some of us are taking legal action and are interested in forming an owners association. Mr Goodwin-Bolton. As you say, it would be good to join forces in this matter. We represent 6 units at the moment. How can we contact you as things are already in motion.
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#8 Consumer Comment

Fresh Start Living Greenock Student Accommodation

AUTHOR: D. Goodwin - (United Kingdom)

I am also an investor with Fresh Start Living in the student accommodation units at Greenock and i am currently owed 5 months rental on each unit owned. There is obviously a major issue with cash flow for the business and as no-one from Fresh will communicate with the investors the only foreseeable course of action may be a "class action" in Scotland. Doing this would involve as many investor in similar situations to spread the cost of the fees, as individual actions are not cost viable. I am currently looking into this course of action with solicitors.
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#9 Consumer Comment

comments on Freshstart Living

AUTHOR: R Martin - (Switzerland)

We are several owners at another site.. Greenock Halls of Residence in Scotland. We are experiencing exactly the same problems and looking into starting legal proceedings. How do you feel is the best way to proceed?
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