So we’re all back in lockdown from tomorrow. Most of us could see this coming – and half the country has been under Covid-restrictions for several weeks already - so it’s not much of a shock. But what is perhaps more of a surprise is how different we all feel this time around. Not so much blitz spirit as battle fatigue. It’s been a very long year for all of us – and it’s not over yet! But the good news is that for the property market – and our staff at Ringley – it’s business as usual.
The new national restrictions mean that, once again, many of us will be working from home. However, not only will our property managers continue to be leaseholders’ first port of call for enquiries and block-related issues but our surveyors will still be able to undertake valuations. Despite the lockdown, the MHCLG has confirmed that physical property inspections can continue to be carried out for mortgage lenders and for leaseholders wishing to extend their lease or buy their freehold.
So here are the current guidelines, as we understand them:
For members of the public - prospective buyers and tenants, as well as vendors and landlords:
Since the Spring, virtual viewings of both rental property and homes for sale have become the norm. This has kept the market moving despite additional restrictions. We think that, like Zoom meetings and virtual AGMs, in future they will continue, enabling people to easily filter out properties they are not interested in and create a shortlist of homes they want to view in real life.
We’ve all been living with this virus for some time now and are used to ensuring social distancing and excellent levels of hygiene in our offices and in the buildings we manage. We will continue to offer the whole range of our services and are relieved that this time round, the market remains open for business.
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.