Lewis Hood MIRPM

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Health and Safety Risk Assessment

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Lewis explain why a Health and Safety Risk Assessment needs to be carried out.     “The duty to comply with the Health & Safety and Fire Regulations falls on the landlord or the person responsible for the management of the building. This could be a Managing Agent, a Residents Management Company, Residents Freehold Company or a Right to Manage Company. But failing to carry out a Risk Assessment at certain intervals, you are leaving potential health hazards unresolved which over time could have a detrimental effect on the building…

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What should be included in my Service Charge demand?

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Lewis discuss what should be included in a Service Charge demand.     “Your Service Charge demand should include the following:- * The summary of tenants rights and obligations under Section 21b of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. * It should also include the landlords name and address under Section 47 and 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 respectively. * The address must be in England or Wales. * The property address and name of the leaseholder should also be included on the demand. If a Service…

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What is Commonhold?

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Lewis discuss what Commonhold is.     “Commonhold is a type of property ownership which was introduced with the overall aim to replace leasehold by simplifying the system where a set of rules will apply to any commonhold property. To date, there are approximately fifty blocks of flats which are commonhold properties in England and Wales.”

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‘Notice of Intention’ – why do we need this and what’s involved?

Listen to Property Manager, Lewis explain what a ‘Notice of Intention’ is. “A Notice of Intention is sent to inform leaseholders what work the landlord or managing agent is planning to carry out. The notice will give recommendations as to why the work should be carried out. An address and time will be provided of where the specifications of the works can be viewed. Leaseholders are invited to give observations in writing of the intended works. They will also be invited to nominate a contractor of their choice. The landlord or agent must then take into consideration any comments received…

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Do you think Commonhold will come into play in England and Wales?

Listen to Property Manager, Lewis discuss his thoughts regarding Commonhold.     “Currently, no! There are little incentives that offer developers a good enough reason to choose Commonhold over Leasehold from a financial prospective. Unless this changes, there is no clear sign of an increase to the current amount of Commonhold owned properties in England and Wales. However, it is something that the Law Commission is reviewing and will be publishing their reports on.”

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How do you deal with Service Charge arrears?

Click below to listen to Property Manager, Lewis Hood talk about Service Charge arrears.     “The lease will detail how and when the service charge is due including the time and how frequently this needs to be paid. At BW Residential, we deal with Service Charge arrears promptly and in a professional manner. This means that we can make sure that there is sufficient monies available for any upcoming large expenditure, such as upgrading the entry-phone system or painting the communal areas.”

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Can I sublet my flat?

Click below to listen to BW Residential Property Manager, Lewis Hood talk about subletting your flat and whether you would be in breach of your contract or not.     “Your lease will provide details on whether you are permitted to sublet your flat.  The majority of leases will allow you to sublet but you will often need permission from the freeholder.  We would recommend reading your lease and contacting your freeholder to gain permission before subletting your flat.  As if you do not get permission, you will be in breach of your lease.”

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Why do I need to pay Service Charge and what does it cover Featured Image

Why do I need to pay Service Charge and what does it cover?

Listen to Property Manager, Lewis Hood explain why you need to pay Service Charge and what it covers.  

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What is the difference between Freehold and Leasehold?

Listen to Property Manager, Lewis Hood, who in the short video below, will explain the difference between Freehold properties and Leasehold properties.  

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What is a RTM? (Right to Manage)

Click below to listen to BW Residential Property Manager, Lewis Hood for more information.    

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