Thank you for your help.
I will have to look at the lease again in detail.
On the site there is a care home which has partial occupancy. The Barchester management (senior managers have come to our meetings) have said that the care home has been their priority. Recently they have decorated the independent living bungalows which Barchester have for sale. (The reason they have some for sale is because they have bought some back but they refuse to tell us why these ones and not ours). However a lot more needs to be done, other than painting and having nice gardens in order to run a successful independent living community. I think a major problem is that a group of elderly people died (our parents) and nothing has been done to promote the independent living over the last 4 years. The result is that there are about 5 of the original group who still live there , but it is like the Marie Celeste. It is difficult to attract new residents by either us selling our bungalows or Barchester trying to do this because there really is no community there, just 5 elderly people. (I am not sure if there was anything about their obligation to maintain the community in the lease....I will need to check this....but I think it is unlikley.
Barchester have tried to rent their bungalows to suitable elderly people but there has been very low take up.
Should we think about trying to buy out our leases. If these bungalows were not attached to barchester they would be worth about the amount we payed fro them (£300k to £190k dependent on the size of the bungalow. The land for building wold also be worth a great deal. (You can see the bungalows on Right Move under Prestbury, Macclesfield.) The Barchester ones are not listed on Right Move as it would look even more ridiculous to have even more for sale. Prestbury is a very desrirable location. The problem is attributable to Barchester.
In the last year they have had 3 new managers at Prestbury and each time we are told it is all going to be wonderful etc.
As a group we all think our deceased parents would be appalled at what has happened and I think it has major implications for the reputation of Barchester as a provider of care for the elderly. Barchester have tried to blame the downturn in the economic climate but the rest of Prestbury is not effected.
Thank you for your attention. As a group we meet every couple of months and meet Barchester senior managers about every quarter, but we do not make any progress.