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Friday, April 13, 2018 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 to the landlo...

Friday, April 13, 2018 Sharon Crossland AIRPM My Leasehold Life

We didn’t inherit this landlord and were very pleased when he went to a great deal of trouble to assure us that he wanted to work with us. We didn’t have the measure of him other than that but the first thing he did was to place his tenants, (a mother with two small children) at risk of a gas explosion through knowingly renting out the property with a faulty gas meter. She had to call a gas engineer on the first evening of her tenancy as she smelt gas and he refused to supply a Gas Safe Cert...

Friday, April 13, 2018 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, April 13, 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...

Friday, April 13, 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 ...
Friday, April 13, 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...

Friday, April 13, 2018 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, April 13, 2018 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.

Here, Laura takes a loo...

Friday, April 13, 2018 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...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Sharon Crossland AIRPM Covenants

The freeholder owns the exterior (and interior) common areas of a block of flats, and through the payments of the service charges is required to keep them repaired and safe. They are also required to carry out all the legally required risk assessments and to act according to the legislation that surrounds these areas.
The following broad guidelines have been sourced from the Federation of Private Residents’ Associations (FPRA). Not all will apply, (depending on the type of the building) and ...