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Monday, September 17, 2018 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 an exclusive for Leasehold Life where he focuses on a key element of the valuation calculation used to work out the cost of extending a lease or purchasing the freehold, that of deferment rate.

Part of the valuation calculation to work out what the premium to extend your lease or ...

Monday, September 17, 2018 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...

Monday, September 17, 2018 Katie Cohen Guest Contributors

Katie Cohen, a former Partner at JPC Law is now a Partner at Child & Child and is also a full member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

Katie’s article focuses upon the terms of the new lease which has been modified during the course of the statutory lease extension and under  s57 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (“the Act”) is to be granted on the following terms:

  1. To be at a peppercorn ground rent (i.e. nil) for the entirety ...
Monday, September 17, 2018 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.

In this article James offers five different investment strategies for leaseholders looking to add value to their flat – without selling.

Over the last year or so we’ve seen more and more of our leaseholder clients choosing to sit tight, not sell, and instead sweat their existing property asset. Before we move on t...

Monday, September 17, 2018 James Cooke Guest Contributors

James Cooke MA is Director of Your Home Property Management and for this article he examines the complexities within the UK leasehold sector as he believes the legislation surrounding the residents of private block of flats is needlessly complex.

To make the case he starts by examining the kernel of the leasehold nut: the lease (roman maxim “let he who will be deceived, be deceived”).

The lease is a challenging read. The legalese seems designed to be confusing. Leases are written in English b...

Monday, September 17, 2018 Bob Smytherman Guest Contributors

Bob Smytherman is Chairman of the Federation of Private Residents Association and has been tirelessly campaigning for the rights of leaseholders for over 20 years. In this opinion piece he takes a look the Section 38 Highway Agreements (road adoption) and the very real possibility of leasehold (and possibly freehold) home owners being compelled to pay for road maintenance in addition to paying their Council Tax.

Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 enables the Highway Authority to agree to ado...

Monday, September 17, 2018 Katie Cohen Guest Contributors

Katie Cohen is a Partner at Child & Child and a full member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

For this article Katie explains what having a ‘share of the freehold’ means.

Flats within a building are held on a leasehold basis. Collectively at some point, the tenants have bought the freehold of the block of flats usually in the name of a company. Although the individual flats are still held on leases, the freehold is owned by a company in which all tenants ...

Monday, September 17, 2018 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).

The following article is a reproduction of part of the “Take No Notice” talk given by Mark Chick along with Andrew Pridell of APA Associates at the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) Autumn Conference on 18th October 20011.

Whilst this was a talk aimed at professionals (a ful...

Monday, September 17, 2018 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...

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Sharon Crossland AIRPM Repairs and Maintenance: Flat Interiors

All gas installers/engineers must be registered on the Gas Safe Register The installation of any heat producing gas appliances (boilers, water heaters, warm air heaters, gas fires and flued cookers) in England and Wales requires the installer to tell Building Control within the proper Local Authority (LA) under Building Regulations within 30 working days. Once in receipt of this information, Building Control will then send the customer a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate or a Declar...