Last week, the administrator of the Homeform Group, the stricken owner of Moben Kitchens and Dolphin, confirmed that it will not pay out on any customer warranties or guarantees provided by Moben, Kitchens Direct, Dolphin or Tecnik appliances.
The news will come as an obvious blow to the thousands of Homeform Group customers who may need to have faults repaired or replacement parts to their Homeform Group bathrooms and kitchens.
The confirmation comes as administrator Deloitte updated creditors on its progress since Manchester based Homeform ceased trading in July last year. Deloitte has said that any costs incurred by consumers in rectifying faults would be considered an unsecured claim against the company – but the chances of seeing any return is negligible.
“The administrators do not anticipate that there will be sufficient funds to facilitate a distribution to unsecured creditors, therefore it is unlikely that you will recover any monies,” a statement from Deloitte said.
In October last year the Manchester kitchen company owed nearly £95m when it went into administration, with £60.5m of that owed to HFUK3 – believed to be the vehicle through which Homeform owner Sun Capital funded the company.
The remaining brands of Moben, Dolphin and Kitchens Direct have been marketed for sale with, -as stressed by the administrator- a number of firm offers to date. It is currently in “advanced negotiations” with one party with a view to finalising a sale of all three brands.
The news echoes the woe of last year which revealed that more than 400 customers of collapsed firm Homeform Group stand to lose as much as £1.5m, with people who paid cash deposits for Moben, Dolphin and Kitchens Direct products left out of pocket.
Moben has some 122 showrooms in the UK and with the head office in the North West they featured very prominently for people buying kitchens in Wigan, Widnes, Southport, kitchens stockport, kitchens in Preston, Liverpool and kitchens Manchester. amongst others.