Sharon Crossland AIRPM
Hello, I’m Sharon Crossland AIRPM (Associate of the Institute of Residential Property Managers), the writer and reseacher of the leasehold and rental information website, Leasehold Life. My personal experiences of working with both tenures are accompanied by the contributions of articles from a number of industry professionals. The site also contains summarised case-law updates, initially by Barrister Jonathan Upton of Tanfield Chambers and later by Solicitor David Whitney of Painsmith Solicitors. A profile of both contributors can be found here.
- Written various opinion pieces starting with News on the Block for their ‘From The Frontline’ series, articles which appeared alongside the writings of industry professionals such as Myra Bar-Hillel and Jane Barry of the Evening Standard;
- Interviewed by the Observer for their article ‘Managing to Overcome Rack and Ruin‘;
- Written for the bigpropertylist blog:
- Becoming an Affiliate of the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) on the strength of my website then an Associate;
- Written for the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) for their newsletter;
- Written a leasehold article for the Federation of Private Residents Association (FPRA) newsletter;
- Written for the National Landlords Association (NLA) blog;
- Written for website hipconsultant.co.uk:
Landlord Licensing; How Much Longer Do We Wait
;Managing Anti-Social Behaviour in Rented Property;
Selling, Subletting? Tell the Managing Agent!;
Landlord Licensing: Why Residential Management Needs It in 2010;
- Interviewed by Landlord & Tenant Solicitor Tessa Shepperson as part of her ‘Notable Property Persons’;
- Interviewed by News on the Block as part of their ‘In Focus’ series;
- Quoted by property journalist Graham Norwood in his article ‘Send for the Peace Police’;
- Quoted by property journalist Doug Morrison in his article ‘Cowboy Agents and Landlords Back in the Firing Line’;
- Quoted by Sarah Pennels, personal finance journalist and broadcaster on her article ‘Living in a Leasehold Flat: What Can You Do About High Service Charges?‘
- Invited by the local Liberal Democrats to address a Council Meeting at the Town Hall about landord licensing based on my own experience of ‘rogue’ landlords on my block;
- Been a guest speaker at the 2013 ARMA Conference with my presentation turned into an article by Flat Living Magazine entitled ‘Lost In Translation?’
- Took part in a leasehold Q&A on Share Radio with Michell Banks CEO of ARMA (at the time) and Tony Essien, Chief Executive of LEASE.
Suzanne Wickes: Managing Director at Hera Management Services
“Sharon’s in-depth knowledge of leasehold and in particular leaseholders’ requirements was invaluable when we were designing Hera’s services. Sharon provided us with a comprehensive article and information about what leaseholders wanted from a managing agent (based on feedback to her site) that has been used as a “blueprint” for our services to which we always refer back. I would highly recommend Sharon and would work with her again at any opportunity”.
Bob Smytherman: Chairman of the Federation Of Private Residents Association
“Sharon works tirelessly in the interests of leaseholders and RTM Directors providing good, sound practical advice about the RTM process and the responsibilities faced by those becoming Directors. Sharon’s web-site Leasehold Life provides essential reading for anyone interested in the leasehold sector and is always very happy to add contributions from the FPRA for which we are most grateful “.
Chris Alexander: Solicitor at SA Law
“Leasehold Life is a fantastic resource for those living in leasehold property. Sharon does a great job in running the website and providing useful assistance for leaseholders”.
David Whitney: Solicitor at Painsmith Solicitors
“Sharon provides an excellent and unique website for those seeking advice in relation to long residential leasehold matters supplemented by her own considerable knowledge and expertise”.
James Cooke: Director of Your Home Property Management
“I have known Sharon for several months now primarily through her web site and her lively and informative Twitter account. In the time I have known Sharon I have found her to be extremely knowledgeable and informed on housing and property matters, and generally positive, hard working, responsive, and enthusiastic. Sharon is committed to improving the lot of residents of all tenures and for that she should be commended”.
Katie Cohen: Partner at Child & Child Solicitors
“I first came across Leasehold Life through the Enfranchisement Group on linkedin and made contact with Sharon with a view to JPC Law contributing enfranchisement related articles to the site. I was impressed by Sharon from the start. Her passion for leaseholder’s rights was unrivalled and the content of her site is both interesting and informative” .
“Brilliant site by Sharon Crossland that is the best leaseholder-driven site on the web. A wealth of information and advice”.
Roger Southam: Non-Executive Chairman at Lease Advisory Service
“Sharon has lived through adversity in flatland and has turned it into a positive experience by helping others and sharing guidance and advice“.
VISITORS TO LEASEHOLD LIFE
“Your website is really impressive” – Geraldine Marks
“Well done for setting up your website. It’s very interesting and useful” – Sarah Shields
“Excellent site, very informative” – Tony Chads
“Great website – congratulations!” – Jo Sopala
“Your website is really informative, thanks” – Freddy Drabble
“Thanks for the very informative website!” Roger Edwards
“I wish I had spotted your site earlier. It’s a really good web experience, too with a marvelloius collection of material and sources” – Andrew Rabenek
“I’ve been reading your website and in particular the story of Wellington Mansions, and I appreciate the effort that has gone into it in order to share your experience with others” – Peter Maughan