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Block Management | 02/05/2022

The Building Safety Act receives Royal Assent

In short the Building Safety Act 2022 just received Royal Assent.  This means that it is expected that by September 2022 if not earlier it will be law and limitation periods will be extended retrospectively from 12 to 30 years.  And, better still, the route of making...

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Block Management | 29/04/2022

Building Safety Bill becomes Building Safety Act 2022

The Governments Building Safety Bill is an innovative change to building safety legislation that was introduced in draft form in July 2020. The Bill’s purpose is to create a new outlook for the general public’s view on the construction and maintenance of residential ...

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Lease Extension & FH Purchase & Right to Manage | 08/02/2022

Right To Manage – Land Mark Decision - Estate Areas

Right To Manage – Land Mark Decision - Estate AreasSince its introduction by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002, many leaseholders have acquired the right to manage their block.  By acquiring the right to manage, leaseholders get the right to perform the “m...

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Survey & Valuation | 07/02/2022

The levelling up Agenda - what it really means

The new Levelling Up White Paper of government covers a dramatic reshaping of the private rental sector.Landlords will lose Section 21 eviction powers. According to Housing Secretary Michael Gove, this action will change unfair circumstance where landlords evict tena...

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Block Management | 17/12/2021

Six ways to ensure your Christmas won’t cost the earth!

At Christmas, we generate more waste than any other time. We produce around 300,000 tonnes of cardboard packaging – probably even more this year as we increasingly move to online shopping. With environmental issues now so important, a big question mark hangs over the...

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Block Management | 15/12/2021

Storm damage? Always call in the experts

Last week’s storms caused considerable devastation in parts of the country, with fallen trees and branches a particular problem. Emergency tree work is complex but it may be tempting to have a go at cutting up fallen branches or try to move smaller trees yourself, es...

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Lease Extension & FH Purchase & Right to Manage | 09/12/2021

Why the Settlers Court case is one to watch for RTM leaseholders

If you are a leaseholder in a block that has acquired the right to manage and live on a multi-building development, an appeal case heard in the Supreme Court in November could be important for you and your neighbours.The decision in FirstPort Property Services Limite...

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Block Management | 07/12/2021

All I want for Christmas... is more cash for cladding

Leaseholders facing big remediation bills for cladding on their blocks could be set for a happier Christmas than expected, following speculation in the press last week that the Government may finally be about to take action to help them.Sources described as “close to...

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Asset Management | 03/12/2021

Why all stick, no carrot is no way to improve energy efficiency

The Government is rightly urging landlords to improve the energy efficiency of rental homes. But its approach appears to be all stick and no carrot. This is unhelpful and landlords are understandably unimpressed. New research from The Mortgage Works, reported in Lett...

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Asset Management | 29/11/2021

Why holiday lets could put block insurance in jeopardy

It has become clear in the last 12 months that the proliferation of short-term lets in many parts of the country is having a major impact on the supply of long-term tenancies in the private rental market.Landlords, many of whom will have been worried that their tenan...

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