Block Management

We are proud to provide an all encompassing Residential and Commercial Block Management service which is at the forefront and core to our  company. Our passion for maintaining buildings and property management has helped forge robust relationships with many loyal clients over the years that are testimony to our longevity and rapidly increasing client base.

We care what people think and continually strive for excellence, understanding that there are many poorly managed buildings out there that pave way for a profusion of issues for both freeholders and leaseholders.

Managing a variety of property including Residential and Commercial units within our portfolio stretched across London, South of England, Surrey, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire and even further afield. The majority of these properties are residential blocks of flats but we also manage commercial shops, offices and houses. We are able to assist in providing a comprehensive residential block management service to our clients with tailored services to meet individual property needs. We are a firm believer in clear two-way communication and transparency by providing an old fashioned personal and bespoke service with modern management techniques. Block Management service:

  • Experience in Letttings & Property Management.
  • Currently managing many individual units.
  • A dedicated Property Manager and Accounts Assistant.
  • Bespoke internal property management training programme.
  • Quarterly financial reporting to Clients available.
  • Experienced out-of-hours emergency service at no extra cost.
  • Unique Field Based Site Inspector.
  • Lakin & Co will organise and attend Board and Resident meetings.
  • Meeting room facilities available to clients.

Key legislation

  • Leasehold Reform Act 1967
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1985
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1987
  • Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (Schedule 10)
  • Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993
  • Housing Act 1996
  • Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002

The right to manage (RTM)

The Commonhold and Leasehold reform Act 2002 enables leasehold tenants to remove the company which manages their block and replace it. Lakin & Co are able to assist you with the often difficult process of carrying this out as quickly and efficiently as possible. L us help you get control and management your building.

Qualifying leaseholders can use the Right to Manage for any reason, it’s not a requirement that leaseholders’ need to prove the building has been badly managed.

The Right to Manage will allow leaseholders to take over responsibility for things like:

– collecting and managing the service charge
– upkeep of communal areas (eg communal hallways and stairs)
– upkeep of the structure of the building (eg the roof)
– dealing with complaints about the building from other leaseholders

If you live in a block of flats and do not have a say in who runs that block then you may benefit from the Right to Manage process. The right to manage is available to all flat owners, in all blocks, where they fulfill the below criteria:

– a minimum of 50% of the flat owners within the block of flats must want to proceed with the process.
– at least two thirds of the flat owners within the block must have long leases (more than 21 years at the time of issue).
– no more than 25% of the block may be used for non-residential use (excludes car parks and common areas connected with the flats).

If your block fulfills these criteria then it is probable that you will be able to go through the Right To Manage process with success. There are a small number of legalities that can prevent some applications being eligible so you should discuss with our experienced team before deciding whether to progress your claim.

If you find that you are not eligible for the process, we may be able to help by offering to assess the issue you have for a fixed fee and then in come cases, it may be possible to make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

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