Author : Mary-Anne Bowring
Our business continuity planning is paying off. We have now switched to virtual AGMs - the first of which was held for residents at Union Park. This is easy to do and we would like to suggest that if you consider doing the same, you might get more people to attend your AGM - which we can facilitate for you using Zoom.
Well, we can simply invite all residents to the virtual AGM and they can then either download the app or double-click on the web link we send out. This takes the invitee to a virtual room (with or without video) where other participants will wait along with the moderator (Ringley). Participants join the meeting in muted mode and invitees can take part by 'raising their virtual hand' enabling us to unmute them while they speak. It's that easy.
For small meetings, all Ringley people can set up conference calls. So let your property manager know if this is something you would like us to arrange for your block.
We have had several inquiries about deferring service charge payments. This is to be expected with so many residents worried about their income as the country goes into lockdown. Regrettably, deferment is not possible because we only collect the exact amount specified in the budget and this is desperately needed. Insurance, electricity, cleaning, and all other bills still need to be paid. Service charges are not like a commercial business. If owners do not pay for the upkeep of their block - who will? And worse, not paying would put not only the security of your home but the health and safety of you and all your neighbours at risk. As the government has announced that, you can claim a 3-month mortgage repayment holiday we recommend you claim this quickly before the rush - and use some of this money to pay your service charge
For sites with community halls that pay business rates, unless you tell us otherwise, we will instruct Alistair McGill of Ringley Survey & Valuation Limited to make a business rates claim for you. Alistair's contact details are Alistair.firstname.lastname@example.org Likewise if you need help with business rates rebates on your business premises Alistair can assist. Should you have questions about the impact of coronavirus on your block, please do contact us directly. We will share your questions (anonymously) and answers in the next client update and via this blog.
Mary-Anne Bowring FIRPM FRICS FARLA FCABE Founder/Head of Asset Management
Strategic partnerships, holistic delivery/ opportunities, growth, value engineering, thought leadership
Ian Barber MD BTR Mobilisation & Leasing
Runs HQ & site lease-up teams. Drives rent pricing, mobilisation, marketing, happy residents!
Jon Curtis MRICS Head of Building Engineering
Chartered Building Surveyor. Lectures on EWS1 & building safety. Runs CapEx programmes.
Kate Robinson MIRPM MD Blocks/FM Management (London Region)
Master plan setup, ops and staffing and resident engagement. ISO45001 champion.
Lee Harle Partner Ringley Law
Plot conveyancing. Debt litigation. Group Company Secretary.
Anthony Kingdon MIRPM AssocRICS MD Blocks/FM Management (North Region)
Stakeholder engagement. Mixed tenure specialist. Budget management. Plant audit, PPM compliance.
Chris Georgalis MRICS Head of Commercial Valuation
Chartered Valuer. Rental valuations: retail, leisure. IRR modelling and valuations for secured lending. Compulsory purchase & rent reviews
Nichola Pughe MRICS Head of Residential Valuation
Chartered Valuer. Rental development & mixed use valuations, IRR modelling. Leasehold enfranchisement specialist
Libby Chen MSc Compliance Manager
Operational Plant & Equipment strategy PPM Compliance lead, Asset tagging Client major projects
Dipesh Parekh Director PlanetRent
Customer centric, vertically integrated PropTech/fin-tech solutions.
Leana Aristodemou MIRPM MARLA AssocRICS Strategic lead: ESG & Asset Business Plan delivery
Financial modelling, valuation analyst to support underwriting & fund reporting.
Natalie Birmingham Helpdesk Support Manager
Trainer & Helpdesk Manager: people, systems,contractors. ISO45001 supply chain accreditation.
Steve Norman Planning Director
Land due diligence (opportunities & constraints) Has contributed to a number of award winning schemes.