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Reserve Funds for Leasehold Blocks – Statutory Intervention Required?

By |2019-09-23T20:04:58+00:00May 4th, 2016|Discussions, In-depth Articles|

Instead of insisting that landlords undertake impractical assessments of a leaseholder’s ability to pay, let’s remove the legal roadblocks so landlords can start putting sensible rolling reserve plans in place. Let’s educate the public about the dire financial implications of pushing works into the future. Give leaseholders all the data they need at the start

DIY Block & Estate Management – For & Against Self-Management

By |2019-09-06T20:38:42+00:00September 18th, 2015|Discussions|

It is estimated that roughly 50% of residential leasehold properties in the UK are run through a resident management company (RMC). What is harder to tell is how many of these are under self-management. Based on the numbers of self-managed resident management companies that have approached JFM for help, we think this could be more

Right-to-Manage (RTM) – The Burning Questions

By |2019-09-06T20:39:13+00:00July 27th, 2015|Discussions|

Below are some of the more immediate questions that one might ask when considering whether to collectively exercise the Right-to-Manage and take control of a block away from the landlord. This list is not exhaustive by any means and is intended as an initial point of reference only. Should you wish to discuss any of

Changing Managing Agents – Top 10 Things to Consider – A Short Series (iii)

By |2019-09-06T20:38:42+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Discussions|

Part 3 - Changing Managing Agents – Top 10 Things to Consider    8. Client Login Personally, if I could not administer and carry out certain fundamental functions online for my banking, utilities, mobile phone and so on, I really would despair having to make the time to have to phone the relevant institution instead. If you

Changing Managing Agents – Top 10 Things to Consider – A Short Series (ii)

By |2019-09-06T20:38:42+00:00June 26th, 2015|Discussions|

Part 2 - Changing Managing Agents - Top 10 Things to Consider   5. The Size of the Property Manager’s Portfolio There are very well-known and successful firms of block management firms out there which seemingly do quite well out of the claims that they restrict their property managers’ portfolio sizes to, let’s say, 10 blocks/estates. This

Changing Managing Agents – Top 10 Things to Consider – A Short Series (i)

By |2019-09-06T20:38:42+00:00June 24th, 2015|Discussions|

Part 1 - Changing Managing Agents - Top 10 Things to Consider - Costs The Standard Management Fee It is not acceptable nowadays for a firm to bill their management fee in any way other than a set fee per unit. If the agent you have or are considering moving to charges a percentage of

5 Common Complaints from Service Charge Payers

By |2019-09-06T20:38:42+00:00April 26th, 2015|Discussions|

Typical service charge complaints and a little advice for home-owners  1. My service charge is too high! We are all conscious about costs and home-owners who pay service charges will want to see that their agent is regularly testing the market in order to deliver routine services. Some agents are not working hard enough to get

Why ARMA matters – but not that much

By |2019-09-06T20:38:42+00:00April 16th, 2015|Discussions|

As a Block Manager, I am fond of ARMA. It is an organisation that, on the whole, has stood up for the interests of managing agents in a challenging industry. ARMA promotes good practice and does, to some extent, raise the bar for those involved with the management of blocks of flats. The well-attended ARMA