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Saturday, July 01, 2017 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) lecturing on leasehold issues and appearing on national television commenting on leasehold matters. The leaseholdinfo and the Leasehold Reform News websites are also written by Mark.

In this exclusive written for Leasehold Life, Mark addresses a lot of ‘consumer concerns’ arising when people want to buy...

Saturday, July 01, 2017 James Cooke Guest Contributors

James Cooke MA spent 15 years in the social housing sector, where both his work and personal experiences as a leaseholder gave him a strong insight into how the existing model of property management worked and how it could be improved. To help shape his business he spent six intense months researching the sector and spent time with leaseholders & managing agents. The result? James set up Your Home Property Management offering top quality, customer focused, residential property management serv...

Saturday, July 01, 2017 James Cooke Guest Contributors

James Cooke MA spent 15 years in the social housing sector, where both his work and personal experiences as a leaseholder gave him a strong insight into how the existing model of property management worked and how it could be improved. To help shape his business he spent six intense months researching the sector and spent time with leaseholders & managing agents. The result? James set up Your Home Property Management offering top quality, customer focused, residential property management serv...

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...

Friday, July 28, 2017 Sharon Leaseholder Landlords

When leaseholders rent their flats they still have to adhere to all the covenants and restrictions contained within their leases as if they were living on the premises. If they want to sublet then they have to ensure their flats are to be fit to rent before and during the tenancy. This combination of the two roles creates the leaseholder landlord.

The majority of flats are actually purchased with the view to sublet but ultimately most private landlords will have one or two properties which t...

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