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Recognised tenants’ association

LEASE advised a leaseholder seeking recognition of a tenants’ association in a block of over 100 flats. The freeholder’s agents were insisting on personal signatures of the association members before granting recognition.

LEASE advised that personal signatures of association members was not a legal requirement for such recognition and after pressing the point with the agents they finally provided a letter granting formal recognition.

Formal recognition of a tenants’ association can be given by written notice by the landlord to the secretary of the association; or by a certificate of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). Formal recognition by the landlord or the Panel confers certain rights, such as being consulted over major works; over a change of managing agent; over the appointment of a surveyor under the Housing Act 1996.

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