Saturday, January 11, 2020 John Graham Guest Contributors

Leasehold life is very pleased to welcome new guest contributor Jon Graham, founder of Dwell, an estate agent in Leeds. Here, Jon focuses on the rights of HMO tenants and where to go when those rights are being violated.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are becoming a very popular property investment model for landlords. Rather than renting out an entire home to one household, usually a family, HMO landlords rent out individual rooms to individual parties.

The HMO model is generally more ...

Saturday, January 11, 2020 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, January 11, 2020 James Cooke Guest Contributors

James Cooke MA, is Director of Your Home Property Management and for this article he looks at the inherent conflict that arises over the need for health and safety versus the desire for aesthetics like landscaped gardens.

The art of Property Management is all about balance and the best property managers are skilled in negotiating resolutions between these competing needs, often against limited resources.


Leaseholders want to see funds pent on those initiatives that look great, an...

Saturday, January 11, 2020 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 t...

Saturday, January 11, 2020 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, January 11, 2020 James Cooke Guest Contributors

James Cooke MA is Director of Your Home Property Management and in this article he 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 to adding value to your flat, let’s just spend a moment understanding the housing market. I do this not because I want to ...

Saturday, January 11, 2020 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...

Monday, January 20, 2020 Sharon Crossland AIRPM Wellington Mansions: Leaseholder Landlords

Many flats are purchased with the aim of subletting and most leases will allow it with  the consent of the freeholder. Importantly, under s.19(1)(a) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927, the freeholder cannot unreasonably withhold it. This is reinforced by the fact that even if there is no mention of reasonableness in the covenant it is nevertheless implied by statute. Again, the landlord cannot unreasonably refuse consent making this a qualified covenant.

The freeholder is also under a duty...