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LEASE training programme
For training on residential leasehold law.
Section 20 Consultation
Service charges for residential leaseholders
Tackling bad management
Courses can be fully tailored to your requirements.
- I am in dispute with my landlord but I do not want to go to Court or Tribunal. Is there an alternative?
- How can I find out what my service charge is being used for?
- My neighbours are very noisy and it is affecting the enjoyment of my property. What can I do?
- I own the freehold of a leasehold house. The leaseholder wants to buy the freehold. Do I have to sell it to them?
- My landlord has carried out Section 20 consultation but I am still unhappy about the service charges I'm being asked to pay. What can I do?
- What happens when my lease runs out?
- What happens if I breach the terms of my lease?
- My landlord has not demanded ground rent for several years. Can he still demand it?
Last year LEASE attended over 60 events for local groups – leaseholders, residents associations, housing associations, MP constituency surgeries, to mention just a sample. Events are free – LEASE advisers can explain the intricacies of leasehold law to your group and/or provide one-to-one advice sessions. If you would like LEASE advisers to meet with your group, get in touch either by completing the booking form or calling us on 020 7832 2500.
LEASE on Location – at the National Housing Federation Conference
A LEASE adviser will be speaking at the NHF Leaseholder and Tenant Service Charges Conference on 3 September. More information.
LEASE on Location – Quarterly round-up
The period December to February was a little quieter on the outreach front bearing in mind the festive period. Nonetheless the team managed to undertake a total of 5 events. These events catered for a variety of leaseholders ranging from a residents association of private leaseholders in Canary Wharf to a private group of leaseholders based in Leeds and an event for Lambeth council leaseholders.
Over 50 leaseholders attended a residents' association meeting in Canary Wharf where an adviser answered questions on various topics from service charges to management issues. Leaseholders also sought advice on Section 20 Consultation relating to major works.
LEASE was invited to attend a meeting for Lambeth Council leaseholders. Many leaseholders were seeking advice on issues relating to the Decent Homes programme. A LEASE adviser gave presentations on Service Charges, Section 20 Consultation and making applications to the First-tier Tribunal.
Two advisers attended a meeting of a private group of residents in Leeds and gave informative presentations on the Right to Manage and took questions. Residents here were having problems with directors of the management company not being in effective communication with the leaseholders.
More recently an adviser visited Poole in Dorset to address a group of private leaseholders to give advice and take questions on freehold purchase and general management issues. This was a contentious case where a management company was a party to the lease with the right to manage the building. However, problems have arisen since most of the leaseholders acquired the freehold of the building. There are disagreements concerning who should manage the building.
If you would like LEASE advisers to address your group and/or provide an advice surgery near you, please complete the booking form or call us on 020 7832 2500.
Event report – Westminster City Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee
On 2 December, LEASE Chief Executive Anthony Essien joined the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the British Property Federation (BPF), Chainbow Management and others at a meeting of Westminster City Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee. Major works were a focus of the evening. Unlike the private sector, local authority leases cannot make allowance for sinking or reserve funds to build up funds in anticipation of major works. LEASE suggested that perhaps the council could use its leverage with banks to create accounts bearing decent interest and perhaps administered (but not legally owned) by the Council, or its ALMO, so that lessees could be encouraged to deposit appropriate amounts in the fund each year in anticipation of those large and expensive future major works. The Committee indicated some interest in this approach.
Other points of note concerned anti-social behaviour, a growing problem in Westminster due to the large number of buy-to-let properties; information for new buyers available from LEASE to help inform them about leasehold ahead of purchase. The speaker from RICS mentioned that leasehold management historically has been poorly resourced given the complex nature of the issues that arise, and pointed to the ARMA-Q programme as a move towards the RICS model for redress. BPF highlighted the just announced OFT market study of leasehold management, as well as the increase in leasehold issues since 2010, and a recent letter to the Housing Minister, that it supported, proposing changes to Recognised Tenants Associations.
LEASE looks forward to future collaboration on these and other matters.