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UPDATE: ‘We paid our rent up to May’- Alred C. Frett

Alred C. Frett, Co-Founder of B & F Medical Centre and businessman made it clear that payment of rent is not an issue why the landlord placed locks on portions of the Mill Mall occupied by his business. Photo: VINO/RN Latvian31
This is what greeted staff of B&F Medical Complex today, May 7, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
This is what greeted staff of B&F Medical Complex today, May 7, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Part of the notice posted on the door of B&F Medical Complex allegedly by the landlord. Photo: Team of Reporters
Part of the notice posted on the door of B&F Medical Complex allegedly by the landlord. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Co-Founder of B & F Medical Centre, businessman and talk show commentator, Alred C. Frett speaking exclusively to our newsroom on May 7, 2018 made it clear that payment of rent is not an issue why the landlord placed locks on portions of the Mill Mall [area by Kenny Tees] occupied by his business.

Mr Frett said he has “always paid his rent even after the Hurricanes” and is “now paid up until May 2018 along with a deposit that is there”.

He suggested that we can also verify his side of this issue by speaking to the landlord Ms Diane Bruce of Mill Mall Investments Ltd, who still could not be reached up to press time.

“Landlord did not keep her words” - Frett

The former government minister said, “It was the landlord who did not keep her side of what was agreed, to fix the property after the Hurricanes,” but instead he went ahead and did the repairs that the landlady refused to do, in exchange to be compensated, but “I was not compensated”.

Mr Frett said there was no reason for the landlord to placed chains and locks on a portion of the property that still remain there up to publication time.

He said he wants to assure the “bloggers” that he has always paid his rent and continue to do so, even after the Hurricanes when large portions of the building was devastated.

See article previously published on May 7, 2018

Landlord locks out staff of B & F Medical

-tenant says it was done ‘without given cause’

Staff of B&F Medical turned up to work early Monday morning, May 7, 2018, only to be greeted by chain and padlock to the entrance of the place of business in the Mill Mall on Wickham’s Cay 1, Tortola.

There was also a notice allegedly posted on the door by the landlord, Mill Mall Investments Ltd, stating, among other things, that “Any personal property not belonging to Mill Mall Investments Ltd situated within the premises may be collected by appointment.”

It is unclear at this time why the landlord has taken such a course of action.

“Yes, it is true!!! Landlord locks out B&F Medical Complex without given cause!!!” Owner of B&F Medical Alred C. Frett stated via email today.

Efforts to reach Diane Bruce of Mill Mall Investments Ltd were not successful up to the time of publication.

Meanwhile, calls for a Landlord/Tenant Legislation, especially following the hurricanes of September 2017, continues to be ignored by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration.

33 Responses to “UPDATE: ‘We paid our rent up to May’- Alred C. Frett”

  • I wonder (07/05/2018, 12:17) Like (54) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am sure there had to be a reason for the landlord's action. More to this story.....
    • More Information (07/05/2018, 17:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Can we see the full letter?
    • Hmph (07/05/2018, 18:13) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Looking forward to hearing Alred explain how this comes about as a consequence on RACISM and COLONIALISM
    • lolololol (07/05/2018, 18:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      at least dem aint come with a sledge hammer dwl lol
    • A King (08/05/2018, 10:51) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      -just not in your own country. Tried to build his own place but was blocked from doing so, while others can build on the road with no consequence. Brother- keep your head up, continue to awake our sleeping giants. We will learn someday.
    • reason (09/05/2018, 07:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The full letter which gives the reason can be seen at;
    • Reasons (09/05/2018, 11:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The letter seems to have a reason ... even though some people say that there was no reason ...
      • Justified (09/05/2018, 12:00) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        You mean the landlord has a reason ... and the tenant was not truthfull ?
  • 123 (07/05/2018, 12:40) Like (15) Dislike (12) Reply
    these landlords
  • Wait for it (07/05/2018, 12:54) Like (47) Dislike (0) Reply
    To him it might be unjust, to the landlord it might be justifiable. Until we have both sides, don’t jump to conclusions. Wait and see, wait for it.
  • Cohiba (07/05/2018, 13:15) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
    We are having a cigar together today Mrs Bruce. It’s about time.
    • no sense (08/05/2018, 06:39) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ppl Like you is why we Call Donkey -Ass. Regardless the Story its a medical facility. Most of our Tourists from the Dock goes there Dont talk about our Locals
    • Why CRAB? (08/05/2018, 10:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your jealous self!! Mr. Frett did nothing wrong! Greed is a boss!
  • Uncouth (07/05/2018, 13:58) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    So this is how Bruce does things? This is a medical facility. Where is due process?

    When you think you hold the master key, there's a bigger plan in the mix.

    • What? (07/05/2018, 16:36) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
      So the action wasn't made public, just the reaction so how can you make such a statement? Do you think a businessperson would just put a chain and lock on a clinic just like that? The building is being repaired currently so I'm sure that has something to do with this action and if you read the note it says something about liability. Seems a similar issue like the one months ago with the deCastro man. The tenant was given notice and refused while still conducting business in the man's place. We don't know how lucky we are in BVI that these kinds of situations haven't turned into bloodshed, we are lucky!
      • Guest (08/05/2018, 00:07) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        You will soon learn how lawless the BVI really is...time will tell
  • Music (07/05/2018, 14:21) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Presume the rent is overdue?
  • Perplexed (07/05/2018, 14:24) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Don’t lanlords usually lock tenants out for non payment of rent.
  • wize up (07/05/2018, 17:25) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    there is set of persons renting property in this territory with a direct focus on collecting rent: however some of these rental properties needs substantial repairs but MR/Mrs Property Owner not executing the vital or necessary repairs yet wants full rent: it’s an issue before those two hurricanes now it have gotten worse: I not talking blues because I rent 3 properties and have to keep them up to shape while paying rent(that bad).....I personally think paying rent in exchange for good service is expected
  • Outlaw (07/05/2018, 17:48) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Often times landlord does thing here which are totally illegal. I am
    Not going to speculate here but in the absence of a statement from Ms. Bruce and her attorney, I cannot say much. But I will ask these questions, 1. Was there a notice given? 2. Was there a court order?. No landlord have any authority to lock out anyone unless the two above questions has been address or the premises abandoned by the tenant. There can be serious consequences for such action.
    • vi (08/05/2018, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      It all depends on the provisions of the Lease agreed to and signed by the Landlord and the Tenant. Some tenants just sign the Lease without reading it. Most Leases are structured with a lock out date.
  • another tenant (07/05/2018, 18:12) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Guess the Mill Mall landlord doesn't ever need a doctor. That's awesome.
  • The Chosen 1 (07/05/2018, 20:26) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    You would think, “hey why would they lock out a tenant that occupies so much of thier space and adding so much to thier income”. Sometimes it’s bigger that money or maybe its because of bigger money??? Could be big money owed or a minor loss for a bigger gain
  • Hmmm (07/05/2018, 21:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why can't we see a photo of the entire notice?
  • My lill 2 cents. (07/05/2018, 23:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    More in the mota than the pestle..landlords will never change locks on their tennants for no reason..i say let's lay back and watch the children don't lie!
  • blogger (08/05/2018, 00:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • True (08/05/2018, 08:54) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    he said he paid the rent but did he deduct the cost of repairs? I think you will find thats the problem.
  • Ex tenant (08/05/2018, 09:02) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Landlords in the bvi strive to keep their properties empty. High rents , no interest in repairs , no customer service. It’s easier to sit under a tree and do nothing . Now with impending austerity the rent can only go up
  • Welsah (08/05/2018, 12:34) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of these landlords are quick to collect, but slow to fix. Welsah.
  • confused (08/05/2018, 14:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Something smells fishy in Denmark. If this is the case: Rent paid up and everything is honky dory on your end as you say why have you not called the police on the landlord for locking you out of a place that is legally yours (according to law).

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