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Friday, August 02, 2019 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, someone starts mentio...

Friday, August 02, 2019 Mark Chick Guest Contributors

Mark Chick is a property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. He is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). Here, Mark has written a follow-on article to some background content that he provided to the Guardian on the 8th May 2014, explaining what happens next where a flat originally held on a long lease (99 or 125 years) is running down to the point where it will ‘expire’ – i.e. simply run out.

If both the...

Friday, August 02, 2019 Laura Severn Guest Contributors

Laura Severn is a Legal Executive and Operations Director and Head of Client Care at award-winning Brady Solicitors. In this article, Laura provides a succinct overview of the importance of Directors and Officers Liability insurance when leaseholders take on the role of RMC Directors.

Directorship of a company brings with it a number of demands and responsibilities and, as a director of a Residential Management Company, it’s essential to understand the scope of your role before agreeing to ta...

Friday, August 02, 2019 ALEP Guest Contributors

Leasehold Life is pleased to publish the following article, reproduced with kind permission of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

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 Section 5 Notice from your freeholder then they should have followed a very strict process. If it was sold on the open market then you and your neighbours in the b...

Friday, August 02, 2019 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 s10 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Developme...

Friday, August 02, 2019 Chris Alexander Guest Contributors

Chris Alexander is a property litigation solicitor at SA Law LLP and for this article he is taking a look at the subtle differences between “old” and “new” leases due to the working of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 (“the Act”). It is a more academic approach than practical analysis because whilst for the most part tenants with long residential leases will not notice the difference, there will be occasions where such differences have a bearing.

In 1988 the Law Commission recomme...

Friday, August 02, 2019 Chris Alexander Guest Contributors

Chris Alexander is a property litigation solicitor at SA Law LLP who also writes the Leasehold Lawyer Blog giving commentary on issues in the world of residential landlord and tenant law.

‘Are these service charges mine?’ is an age-old question that comes up regularly in the months after leasehold purchase, and when managing agents/landlord’s chase arrears, complete the annual service charge accounts and issue deficit invoices.

The answer to this depends on whether the lease is an ‘old’ leas...

Friday, August 16, 2019 Sharon Crossland AIRPM Leasehold: Service Charges

There are ‘best practice’ guidelines for handling service charges contained within the ICAEW Technical Release TECH 03/11 which are laid down by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and whilst not included in property management legislation, freeholders and agents face financial and legal issues if they fail to adhere to them.

The guidelines are a...