Most popular advice guides

Service charges and other issues

Service charges, administration charges, ground rent, recognised tenants associations and forfeiture. For a brief summary...

Leasehold Extension – Getting Started

The right to extend the lease of a flat under the Leasehold Reform Housing and...

Living in Leasehold Flats – A guide to how it works

The nature and typical rights and obligations that relate to the ownership of a leasehold...

Section 20 Consultation for Private Landlords, Resident Management Companies and their Agents

Consultation for qualifying works to a building and qualifying long-term agreements. Purpose of this booklet...

Leasehold Houses – Buying the freehold – Qualification and procedure

Qualification requirements for a tenant to buy the freehold of their leasehold house and outline...

Right to Manage

The right for leaseholders of a building containing flats to take over the management of...

Flat owners saved from paying for windows

LEASE was approached by a group of leaseholders in a converted industrial building in Wales, which consisted of 15 flats all on long leases.

Following a change of freeholder, the leaseholders were served with Section 20 notices for major works. Overall costs for the work were estimated in excess of £500,000 with around £38,000 payable by each leaseholder.

LEASE reviewed a sample lease as well as other relevant documents and advised the leaseholders that:

We also provided advice regarding the Right to Manage a block of flats as well as the right to seek the appointment of a manager by the tribunal and alerted the leaseholders to the importance of the RICS Service Charge Management Code of Practice.

On the strength of this advice the leaseholders succeeded in having the window works removed from the project, saving around £10,000 per leaseholder. In addition, they have now made application to the LVT regarding the reasonableness of the other costs.


More information you might find useful:

LEASE is governed by a board, appointed as individuals by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

[name="email"]
[name="email"]