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SERVICE CHARGES

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…

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Do leaseholders have the right to request service charge accounts?

This is an interesting video with Property Manager, Jamie discussing whether leaseholders have the right to request service charge accounts.     “Under Section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, leaseholders have the right to request a copy of the summary of their service charge costs incurred from their Managing Agent or Landlord.…

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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 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…

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Why is there a Health and Safety section in my Service Charge budget?

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Jamie explain why there is a Health and Safety section in the Service Charge budget.     “The Health and Safety section in your Service Charge budget will mainly cover the costs for both the Health & Safety and Fire Risk Assessment to be carried…

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Service Charges and other expenses

Today, we’re going to talk about Service Charges and other expenses that are likely to apply to any leasehold property you buy or rent. Service Charges If you pay a Service Charge, your lease will be set out explaining how this is organised and what can be charged.   You have the right to ask…

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HEALTH & SAFETY & FIRE

Other residents are dumping items in the bin store which do not get collected, how can we stop them doing this?

Click below to listen to BW Residential Property Manager, Jamie Fisk for more information.   

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Why is there a Health and Safety section in my Service Charge budget?

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Jamie explain why there is a Health and Safety section in the Service Charge budget.     “The Health and Safety section in your Service Charge budget will mainly cover the costs for both the Health & Safety and Fire Risk Assessment to be carried…

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Top ten hidden dangers for cats and dogs at Christmas

Things to remember when you own pets during Christmas!  

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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…

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LEASE & LEASEHOLD

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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Why do leases need extending?

Listen to Property Manager, Jamie Fisk discuss why leases need extending.     “Your lease is granted for a set period of time and at the end of that period, the property is handed back to the freeholder.  By extending the lease, you are increasing the time you remain the leaseholder of the property before…

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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…

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Do I need a Licence to Alter? What is it?

You may have the heard the term ‘Licence to Alter’ if you are a Leaseholder, but what does it mean and when do you need one?   As a leaseholder, there may come a time when you might need to consider a change to the layout of your property.   The lease will determine whether…

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Other people keep parking in my space, is there anything I can do about it?

Click below to listen to BW Residential Property Manager, Jamie Fisk for more information.   

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What is the difference between Leasehold and Commonhold ownership?

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Jamie discuss the difference between Leasehold and Commonhold ownership.     “The difference with Commonhold is the individual property owners own everything. There is no landlord or freeholder to worry about. Each property owner becomes a member of the Commonhold Association, which owns and manages…

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OTHER TOPICS

Case study of BW Residential Ltd

Click here to read how BW Residential Ltd were approached for a case study by award winning software company ‘Inform Direct’.  ‘Inform Direct’ provides a cost-effective, comprehensive solution for property management companies offering a company secretarial service to their clients.  

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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…

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The following tips offer ideas on how to handle seasonal home repairs.

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The importance of keeping communal areas clear

If you live in a block of flats, then you may have received a letter or communication regarding the importance of keeping communal areas such as stairs and hallways clear. Why is this important? The main reason is for Health and Safety. Items on staircases, in hallways and entrances can be a trip hazard and…

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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…

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Moving home with pets

Here are a few reminders for moving home when you have pets.   Firstly, if you are moving into a rented property, check you are allowed to have pets! Some landlords are happy to allow pets with a slightly higher deposit. Make sure you have enough food, bowls, cat litter, toys etc packed separately for…

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