Portchester furniture store goes into administration

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A PORTCHESTER furniture store that closed leaving customers in limbo has appointed administrators.

Homewood Interiors, owned by Right Price Furniture Ltd, was put into administration yesterday.

Kevin Weir of Benedict Mackenzie, Eastleigh, was appointed administrator of the company.

Consumer expert Richard Thomson said: ‘Now that an administrator has been appointed, people who bought goods will need to do one of two things.

‘If they paid cash, they will need to register the transaction with the administrator who’ll list them as a creditor.

‘Buyers who paid by credit card for furniture costing more than £100, will have the full protection of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. They should write to their credit card provider.

‘This protection does not extend to debit cards, but Visa and Mastercard users can ask the card provider to try to claim a refund under their chargeback arrangements, but refunds are by no means guaranteed.

‘The situation becomes more complicated where anyone who bought and paid for furniture which was not part of Homewood’s stock but was in store awaiting delivery.

‘In this case they should have been notified by the bailiffs that they had a right to collect their property, and arrangements made.

‘If anyone can prove they weren’t correctly notified and their property has been sold, they can put in a claim with the administrator, or invoice the management company for the full cost.’

Benedict Mackenzie have said they will contact all creditors of the company in due course.

Should you wish to register a claim with them write to belinda.saer@benemack.com.