We own the Freehold to our Block. What can we do to Lower the Service Charge for our Flats?

 1. Review the Current Service Charge Levels

What Are Your Duties Under Right to Manage?

Under the Right to Manage (RTM) legislation in England and Wales, the leaseholders within qualifying blocks of flats can collectively take over the management of their building from their freeholder. This is without proving any fault on their part. As a participating member of an RTM company you will have numerous duties and responsibilities:

What are Estate Rentcharges, aka “Fleecehold”, and How Can servicechargesorted.co.uk Help?

An Estate Rentcharge is a term used to describe a situation where homeowners are charged fees, often in the form of a service charge, for the maintenance and management of communal areas and infrastructure, even though they own the freehold to their property and their garden.

The Role of the Company Secretary in Self-Managed Block of Flats: Responsibilities and Paperwork

Self-managing a block of flats requires efficient administration and adherence to legal requirements. One crucial role in this endeavour is that of the Company Secretary. In my blog, I will look at the Company Secretary's responsibilities for running the company, supporting the directors and handling the necessary paperwork at Companies House. 

The Importance of specialist Block Property Management software for Small Blocks of Flats

In the block property management sector, the focus has often been on more extensive residential properties, with small blocks of flats often being overlooked. Small blocks of flats, however, have unique needs that require specialised attention and expertise. So, what are the options and risks of not injecting specialist block property management expertise, particularly for small blocks of flats? Is relying solely on software alone to manage them enough?

Why should you own the freehold to your own block of flats?

As the freeholder, you have more control over the management and maintenance of the building. You decide who will manage the building and will have far more say in service charge levels. This includes decisions regarding repairs, improvements, and services provided to the residents. By owning the freehold, you have more say in how your building is run and, alongside your neighbours, can make decisions based on the needs of the community.

Why do you need to prepare property accounts?

In England and Wale, preparing property accounts is essential for the following reasons: English accounting standards, such as UK Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (UK GAAP) or, if applicable, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) require the appropriate accounting treatment of property assets. Should property companies over a certain size fail to comply with these standards they can legal penalties as well as regulatory sanctions.

The Importance of Residential Building Maintenance. Making Sure That Living in an Apartment is Safe, Comfortable and Sustainable.

Residential buildings serve as the cornerstone of modern living they provide shelter, warmth, comfort, and a safe place to live. Regular maintenance is essential in ensuring that these services continue. Residential building maintenance involves many aspects that are aimed at preserving the structural integrity, functionality, and appearance of these properties. From regular inspections to dealing with the building’s wear and tear, consistent maintenance results in the preservation of buildings and leads to the well-being of occupants whilst contributing to sustainable living practices.

Residential Buildings Insurance: How it Protects Homes and Communities

Residential buildings, and especially blocks of flats of all sizes, are tantamount to providing safety and security for all. The unpredictability of accidents, unforeseen circumstances, and even disasters can add a large amount of risk to living in such buildings. Because of this, building insurance is essential as a crucial safety net. It provides a defense against the various events that threaten the safety of residents and the structure of their homes.

The New Block Management Code of Practice. Will it Boost Service Delivery?

Finally new block management code of practice is being developed that we hope will improve the service that leaseholders can expect to get from their managing agent. This will help you to select your managing agent.


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The New Block Management Code of Practice. Will it Boost Service Delivery?

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We own the Freehold to our Block. What can we do to Lower the Service Charge for our Flats?
What Are Your Duties Under Right to Manage?
What are Estate Rentcharges, aka “Fleecehold”, and How Can servicechargesorted.co.uk Help?
The Role of the Company Secretary in Self-Managed Block of Flats: Responsibilities and Paperwork
The Importance of specialist Block Property Management software for Small Blocks of Flats
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