To begin you will need to know the names and addresses of the other leaseholders in your block to tell them about the Right to Manage process and invite them to participate.

There are several ways find out who your fellow leaseholders are;

  1. You can knock on doors,
  2. Ask any sub-tenants who they pay rent to,
  3. If they pay rent to an Agent ask the Agent to forward on a letter to the owner,
  4. Write to the Freeholder asking them for a list of lessees,
  5. Instruct us to do a land registry search on each flat - £10+Vat per flat.
  6. Instruct us to serve an information Notice for you £250 + Vat

Then we recommend you send a letter explaining what RTM is all about and that you would like to help your block claim its Right to Manage. It would be a good idea to set out the reasons why RTM would benefit your block.

You must invite every Leaseholder and the Freeholder to participate in your RTM Claim, unless they are already a member of your Right to Manage company, so you should encourage everybody to respond. If you don't get a response from every Leaseholder and the Freeholder you will need to serve a formal "Participation Notice" and you dont want to go to the expense of forming your RTM Company if there will be insufficient support.(STEP 3) The Participation Notice cannot be served until you have formed the RTM Company (you and 1 other co-operative leaseholder) else what are you asking them to participate in!.

Having achieved enough support to get started (just 2 leaseholders), if your block passes the following 4 tests the next step is to form a Right To Manage company.

Tests can we qualify for RTM?

  1. Are there 2 or more flats in the block?
  2. Are there 2 leaseholders willing to be Directors of the RTM Company
  3. Does your block consists of a self-contained building or self-contained part of a building (i.e., it could be redeveloped independently and has, or could have, its own services) and if there is any commercial/non-residential element this to be no more than 25% of the floor area
  4. Do at least two thirds of the flat owners must have long leases (original length of lease more than 21 years), it does not matter if flat owners do not live in or rent out their flats
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