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SHAME! Shipping Registry locked out for days, Landlady says 1-year unpaid rent due

- Power cut at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex for lack of payment
Landlady Ms Patsy C. Lake changed the lock on the door of the third floor in the Cutlass Tower a few days ago shutting the Shipping Registry out of the office. Photo: Team of Reporters
A government department, the Shipping Registry that occupied the third floor in the Cutlass Tower, a privately owned Building in Road Town, owes the Landlady Ms Patsy C. Lake unpaid rent from September 2017 to date. Photo: Team of Reporters
A government department, the Shipping Registry that occupied the third floor in the Cutlass Tower, a privately owned Building in Road Town, owes the Landlady Ms Patsy C. Lake unpaid rent from September 2017 to date. Photo: Team of Reporters
Power was also cut to the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, another government-run facility for lack of electricity bill payment. Photo: VINO/File
Power was also cut to the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, another government-run facility for lack of electricity bill payment. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: The effects of the National Democratic Party (NDP) leaving the country broke is still being felt throughout the public and private sectors.

Word reaching our news desk is that a government department, the Shipping Registry that occupied the third floor in the Cutlass Tower, a privately owned Building in Road Town, owes the Landlady Ms Patsy C. Lake unpaid rent from September 2017 to date.

Word is that Ms Lake made numerous efforts to communicate with the Premier’s Office on the matter but nothing has been done. The Premier’s Office is the Ministry under which the Shipping Registry falls, and the Landlord said she spoke to Premier and Minister of Finance himself, Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), however, to date Friday, November 2, 2018 nothing has happened, not even a response to letters sent according to someone familiar with the matter.

It is the understanding of our newsroom that the Landlady then changed the lock on the door of the third floor in the Cutlass Tower a few days ago shutting the government department out of the office. Reports are that after the action, an Officer from the Premier’s Office at the Assistant Secretary rank made attempts to fix the issue after some year plus of no action by government to negotiate.  It is believed the Landlady’s Attorney is now also involved in the dispute.

Pay up after a year

The Government owes the Landlady thousands of dollars over the one year plus period according to a source in the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance is also renting office space in the Building.

An inquiry made to the Acting Permanent Secretary at the Premier’s Office, Ms Dawn J. Smith, was not immediately responded to, however, it is unclear when and how the matter will be resolved. The NDP Administration is known to have left the county in financial shambles, as per answers to questions in the House of Assembly.

Power cut at another gov’t building

Meanwhile, it is our understanding that the power was cut to the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, another government-run facility for lack of electricity bill payment. A check made yesterday Thursday, November 1, 2018, confirmed that the power was still off but it is unclear for how long and when the matter will be resolved. 

This is not the first time that the building run by the Recreational Trust, a statutory body under the Ministry of Education and Culture is facing such an issue over the past 6 years. An inquiry to the Executive Director of the Trust, Mr Stephen Payne was not responded to up to publication time.

36 Responses to “SHAME! Shipping Registry locked out for days, Landlady says 1-year unpaid rent due”

  • jokers (02/11/2018, 10:34) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    Willock Thank you for all these years for letting us know these things
  • wize up (02/11/2018, 10:50) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    keep focusing on tourism!!!!
  • SMH (02/11/2018, 10:51) Like (41) Dislike (5) Reply
    what ah crying shame... and idiots going still go back and vote for them.
  • ABC (02/11/2018, 11:16) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need a change
  • zoe (02/11/2018, 11:49) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smh
  • Anwers, please (02/11/2018, 12:35) Like (42) Dislike (3) Reply
    Those of you who have the facts, please give me clear and honest answers to the following questions. Wasn't the Cutlass Building/Tower damaged by Hurricane Irma and rendered unusable for months afterward? While rent may well be owing, how could it possibly be from September 2017? If government must pay rent for the months that the office couldn't be used, can I tell my tenant that he/she owes me rent for the months that my apartment was open to the elements?
    • wize up (02/11/2018, 19:39) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ answers, please: thank you for the insight some might get vex so let them stay vex
    • Jaigon (02/11/2018, 23:08) Like (14) Dislike (16) Reply
      @Answers, please, biker and wise up. my question to you all, did the registry completely vacate the cutlass building or were they still using it? The Administration Complex was almost completely destroyed in the hurricane as well, little repairs was done to it, insurance money was collected for it, isn’t civil servants still working there in the deplorable conditions it’s in. Let the government pay Mrs. Patsy Lake her darm money. Some of us are really to near sighted.
      • wize up (03/11/2018, 12:58) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
        @ jaigon: 13 persons were voted into political office; you might br better off expressing your concerns with the 13 blind mice: I simply have loads of free time so I just blog to pass my day..I am not here to defend anyone: who is disputing the fact that ms lake must be paid???: you sound like Perry Mason!!!....you keep the faith because Jesus loves U
  • biker (02/11/2018, 13:02) Like (40) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Cutlass Building owned by Ms. Patsy Lake was almost completely destroyed in Sept. 2017 by Hurricane Irma because of poor design and engineering; namely the weak large plate glass windows that were shattered by the strong winds and flying debris in Road Town. After Irma ALL the offices in this building were untenable so VISR relocated to an undamaged building; the Ritter Bldg. on Wickhams Cay II. later VISR moved to a large pink office building on Main Street. So changing the locks to a 14 month unoccupied office in the Cutlass Bldg. is simply a publicity 'stunt' to attract attention to a non-existent problem. If the landlord/owner wants the BVI government to pay for the last 14 months rent then she needs to hire a lawyer and commence a lawsuit against VISR and the BVI government.
    • town hall (03/11/2018, 13:32) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
      Good point! She just wants to be in thing. The building was just recently repaired couldn't be no more than 2 or 3 months and she wants to be paid for 14 months!! Does that include the months it was unoccupied due to damages? This says that Ms Lake probably didn't have that loss of rent insurance which she should have had and she couldn't wrestle her insurance company, or she did have it and the payout wasn't enough and she's now milking the cow. Either way it will be interesting and I hope the court rules against her if it goes that far. Some people you just shouldn't do business with knowing their track record.
  • Gumption.Official (02/11/2018, 13:08) Like (15) Dislike (31) Reply

    This Govt makes me sick to my stomach. Vote Richard Branson for premier he’ll turn this place around

    • Allington Gumption Creque (02/11/2018, 16:24) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      You’re up and down if every news site posting like it’s me. Have fun while it last! Scums like you are being picked up my the police everyday and your next!
    • wize up (02/11/2018, 16:47) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
      @gumpton.offical: Branson already running the natural resources ministry(ask somebody)
  • Hmmm (02/11/2018, 13:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    And, this is how we want to increase private yacht registry in the VIs? LMAO
  • Good Governance (02/11/2018, 13:28) Like (24) Dislike (11) Reply
    Doctor Smith is the best leader we have had in a very long time. An BVI people can't see what he has done at all. Good but not a good leader he don't even lead his home. I'm being sarcastic, when will this government bring us financial statement and he walk around town like all is well no shame at all.
    • Say what?!!! (02/11/2018, 18:34) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
      @Good Governance. You mean he is the best at given away taxpayers’ money. If he ever had to present the particulars of that BVIAirways deal, his government will have to dissolve the same day. Guarantee. Let’s keep putting up with nonsense and expect different results.
    • Say what!? (02/11/2018, 18:40) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
      @Good Governance. You first part got me soooo vex and did not realize it was sarcasm. Still vex! NDP is the worst government ever voted into office since inception.
    • @good governance (02/11/2018, 18:47) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      There is more in the motta about that BVIAirway deal. Just patiently waiting till the general election starts. Barry say, “you will hear.”
    • @good governance & say what? (02/11/2018, 19:33) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Lot’s more in the mortar in that no-air deal. Just patiently waiting for the official general election to start. Barry say, “you will hear.” Can’t contain the truth not even with their act.
  • um (02/11/2018, 14:33) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Maybe the ministers thought they were getting a freebie in return for giving planning permission on buildings that wasn’t supposed to get it as the owner said friends helped make it happen...
  • pat (02/11/2018, 16:05) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    She took long to put on the lock after 6 months I would have done change the lock yall
  • Bull Dawg (02/11/2018, 17:01) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    I would have changed the locks in one month.
    Reason is that you cannot owe the government a penny.
    What a shame indeed.
  • Jaigon (02/11/2018, 18:09) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Yet this same premier took $7.2 million of tax payers money and invested it into an airline that never fly. That is dead money. Yet civil servants are being locked out of a building. Tell Myron pay the rent then take the space for his medical school.
  • he he (02/11/2018, 19:04) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
    Worst land Lord in the bvi take a look at those hog pen for 650 a month
    • golden (02/11/2018, 21:17) Like (10) Dislike (14) Reply
      @ he he, you have a choice, you can take the hog pen and pay your $650 or you can leave the hog Penn alone.
    • SMHB (03/11/2018, 08:47) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
      That’s our local s-hero for you. Building slum like residences because she always wants more. Don’t care about bringing down the value of other people’s property around her. She’s really adorable isn’t she.
    • @ he he (03/11/2018, 09:08) Like (4) Dislike (16) Reply
      She is one of the best landlord she has heart to keep them there for so long
    • Reply (03/11/2018, 21:37) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      Thank god for ms lake we can drive on wickhams cay today
      • @Reply (04/11/2018, 10:09) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Everyday not Christmas. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Too many are getting away with doing wrong because of who they are.
  • bake (02/11/2018, 19:25) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pay you lock out.....don't pay you lock out.

    You just can't win with Patsy. SMH
  • Truth Sayer (02/11/2018, 22:12) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Vino you speak of the Multi-purpose Complex being disconnected from BVI Electricity for non-payment of bills. However in all fairness, you should not be coming down heavy on the management of this building. It amazes me how quickly we forget important things. That Complex was used as a hurricane shelter since Hurricane Irma struck the BVI. People were in there for almost a year running electricity 24 hrs seven days a week. Who should pay for that? Some of those people have families who refused to shelter them.
  • Suit them. (03/11/2018, 09:38) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    More of this will happen. This is Loyalty that turn into stupidity. Government refuses to build their own buildings to accommodate government offices.. Though its a cheaper and better way to go "your own is your own" ..They seem so be loyal to their landlords that it almost can be call stupidity. Don't sorry for them when they get put out. They have this land next to Qwomar they can put down a 3 - 4 storage government building still have enough space for parking...
  • we the people (04/11/2018, 11:17) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Shame on this government ms lake did the right THING
  • we the people (04/11/2018, 11:17) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Shame on this government ms lake did the right THING


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