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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 via a letter from the freeholders or their agents or by recognition by the Property Tribunal. 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 appointment of a surveyor under the Housing Act 1996.

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