Saturday, November 09, 2019 Laura Severn Guest Contributors

This article was contributed by Laura Severn, a former Legal Executive and Operations Director and Head of Client Care at award-winning Brady Solicitors. Laura is now Director at LMP Law.

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, i...

Saturday, November 09, 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...

Saturday, November 09, 2019 James Cooke Guest Contributors

James Cooke MA is Director of Your Home Property Management and in this article he 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 is not easy. If it were you wouldn’t be reading this. And I wouldn’t be writing it! Before we get to the action plan we n...

Saturday, November 09, 2019 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...

Saturday, November 09, 2019 David Whitney Guest Contributors

In a case before the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) Denise Green v. 180 Archway Road Management Company Limited [2012] UKUT 245 (LC) an issue arose as to whether or not insurance premiums were recoverable. Solicitor David Whitney of Landlord and Tenant specialist law firm Painsmith Solicitors emphasises the importance of both parties to the lease complying fully with its terms.

In brief the facts were that LVT at first instance found that the insurance premiums for the disputed years were re...

Saturday, November 09, 2019 Shamin Kashem Guest Contributors

The following article is from guest contributor Shamin Kashem, formerly a Solicitor at award winning HPLP, and who is now a Senior Associate at Wallace LLP.

Here Shamin 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...

Friday, November 22, 2019 Sharon Crossland AIRPM Wellington Mansions: Right to Manage

I had already attended a number of meetings held by various leasehold organisations and the one that was the turning point for Wellington Mansions was held by the Campaign for the Abolition of Leasehold (CARL) in 2006. I had already been on their panel a couple of times but this time  I was an audience member. I took my partner to this one and we were both impressed by the talk about buildings insurance given by guest speaker Roger Southam, CEO of Chainbow. At the end of his talk he asked the...