Wednesday, August 02, 2017 Mark Chick Guest Contributors

With the current press interest surrounding the issues of ground rent, Leasehold Life is very pleased to publish this timely article from Mark Chick, property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. Mark is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

Here Mark explains what ground rent is for and why it is so popular with landlords.

Put very simply a ground rent is a sum of money payable under a lease to the landlo...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 Mark Chick Guest Contributors

Leasehold Life is very pleased to publish this exclusive from Mark Chick, property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. Mark is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

Here Mark addresses a lot of ‘consumer concerns’ arising when people want to buy a short lease flat and then need to serve notice.

So, you have found the dream flat and made your offer and it has been accepted – and then, someonestarts mention...

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 James Cooke Guest Contributors

James Cooke MA set up Your Home Property Management offering top quality, customer focused, residential property management services to leaseholders living in east London and Essex.

For this article James explains how leaseholders living in flats and apartments can effectively change their managing agent. Many leaseholders don’t realise they are in charge and can bring in new management and too many assume the management comes with the block.

Getting rid of poor property management companies...

Saturday, July 01, 2017 Laura Severn Guest Contributors

Laura Severn is a Legal Executive and Operations Director and Head of Client Care at award-winning Brady Solicitors. As well as supervising debt recovery, Laura is involved in maintaining and developing the company case management system and works flow. Directly available to clients and regularly advising on all issues surrounding ground rent and service charges, Laura is also the firm but fair “Enforcer” in monitoring service standards and key performance indicators.

In this article, Laura p...

Monday, July 10, 2017 Mark Hawthorn Guest Contributors

There is a market where a small group of professional landlords buy up freeholds as long-term investments. Leasehold Life is very pleased to collaborate with new guest contributor Mark Hawthorn, owner and Director of Bolton-based Landmark Investment Group where he explains this little understood market further.

Leasehold Life starts off the article.

There are 4 main areas of a lease where the ground rent investor freeholder can capitalise on his investment, starting with the most obvious; gro...

Saturday, July 01, 2017 ALEP Guest Contributors

Leasehold Life is pleased to publish the following article, reproduced with kind permission of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). ALEP exists to ensure that valuers, solicitors, intermediaries and others involved in leasehold enfranchisement adhere to an agreed level of conduct and service.

The article explains what happens when the freehold is sold but you were not told and you now want to know whether the sale went through fairly.

If you did not receive a Se...

Saturday, July 01, 2017 Shamin Kashem Guest Contributors

The following article from guest contributor Shamin Kashem, Solicitor at award winning HPLP, highlights the situation that some leaseholders find themselves in when they want to buy the freehold but the freeholder owns and lives in one of the other flats in the block. 

Different scenarios will be illustrated by starting off on the basis that the flat owner would not qualify because of the “resident landlord exemption” which is set out in section 10 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban De...

Saturday, September 23, 2017 Sharon Service Charges

If a judgement has been made in favour of the freeholder and there has still been no payment it then becomes necessary to enforce the judgement through one of the courts, the principle enforcement methods being as follows:

1: Warrant of Execution

When a Warrant of Execution is submitted to the court they will then instruct Bailiffs to visit the property. Where the property is a leasehold flat then the bailiffs will send a report to the freeholder or the managing agent, advising on how many ...

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