1
Feb

A-Z Guide Property Management – C is for Cheryl

Cheryl – Dedicated Property Manager

Cheryl is one of our dedicated Property Manager’s; spending her time looking after her sites, residents and owners, as well as forming a key member of our team

Cheryl helps KT Management in the service provided to residents and owners; ensure all the communal areas are clean and tidy whilst being maintained to a good standard, helping to keep the estate a nice place to live and visit. Here at KT Management we like to keep it straightforward, whilst adhering to the obligations in the Leases/Transfers

Communal grounds – Looking good even in the rain!

 

23
Jan

A-Z Guide Property Management – B is for Budget

Budgeting Management

Budgeting is one of the key services that KT Management offer – service charge budgets are prepared using our special formula, designed to enable us to set each element of the budget to a reasonable level with anticipated costs in mind.

Cashflow Management

In turn, budgeting assists KT Management to manage their clients cashflow.

Cashflow is a fundamental element for an effectively managed site. It enables KT Management to ensure contractors are paid on time for the service they provide, whilst working with clients and their financial circumstances, allowing you to manage your money and plan your next holiday.

Cashflow Management

5
Jan

A-Z Guide Property Management – A is for ARMA

A is for ARMA, otherwise known as the Association of Residential Managing Agents.

ARMA was founded in 1991 to bring together professionals involved in private residential block management. They…

  • Set high standards in residential block management
  • Require their members to meet those standards
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to their members
  • Produce information and advice notes for leaseholders
  • Run training courses on the leasehold system
  • Promote professionalism in property management
  • Campaign for improvements in relevant legislation and policy

In 2014 ARMA introduced ARMA-Q, which is a self-regulatory regime for its members. KT Management is proud to say we are ARMA accredited.

For more information visit www.arma.org.uk

 

2
May

Hedgehog Awareness Week – 30th April to 6th May 2017.

Hedgehog Awareness Week – 30th April to 6th May 2017.

Each year the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk) organise an awareness week to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help.

What you can do:

  • Hedgehogs need at least 13 x 13cm gap to access and exit your gardens via boundary fences and walls .
  • Before burning rubbish, always check what is in there.
  • If you use netting, make sure it is at an appropriate level so it doesn’t trap hedgehogs.
  • If you have a compost heap, check the heap before using a folk.
  • Stop using pesticides and poisons, as this effects more than their intended targets.
  • If you have holes and drains, make sure they are covered
  • For those of you who have ponds/pools, make sure there are access/exit routes for all wildlife.

If you want to find out more visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk)

19
Apr

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell Introduced Tougher Measures for Local Authorities Against Rogue Landlords

The Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has introduced tougher measures for local authorities against rogue landlords. As a result they now have a tool to crack down on rogue landlords who neglect their responsibilities.

Councils now have the power to fine landlords up to £30,000. Instead of prosecution for the variety of housing offences committed. The fines will probably be used by councils for the purpose of housing enforcement in the private sector.

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said:

“These measures will give councils the additional powers they need to tackle poor quality rental homes in their area.

“By driving out of business those rogue landlords that continue to flout the rules.We can raise standards, improve affordability and give tenants the protections they need.”

For information about the Housing Minister, see the below link by The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/jul/19/a-quick-guide-to-new-housing-and-planning-minister-gavin-barwell

29
Mar

Historic Article 50 Letter delivered

Theresa May has now formally triggered Article 50 and the countdown to leave the EU has started.

22
Sep

Smoke Alarm Legislation Update for Landlords 1st October 2015| Landlords

Parliament has introduced a new piece of Smoke Alarm Legislation regarding smoke and CO2 alarms in rental properties.

This means, that all landlords are required by 1st October 2015 to ensure that their rental properties comply with the new legislation, which is…

  • All rental properties are required to have a fitted smoke alarm, that works on each floor.
  • Where a rental property has a solid fuel burning appliance (eg coal or wood) then the property must have a CO2 alarm fitted.
  • At the start of each tenancy these alarms are to be tested and let in working condition.

If landlords do not adhere to the new Smoke Alarm Legislation update the local housing authority will issue them remedial notices. Civil penalties of up to £5,000 may be charged if the landlord continues to ignore the new legislation.

 

15
Sep

Secure your property | Block Management

The majority of thefts are as a result of situations being taken advantage of; such as doors and windows being left open.

Whether you live in a freehold property such as a house or a flat in a block of flats, if you want to protect your property make sure all the doors and windows including communal doors and windows are shut when you are not at the property or have gone to bed. For further advice go to www.police.uk

 

22
Oct

Phillips v Francis UPDATE

The Phillips v Francis case was heard in the Court of Appeal last week, so far no decision has been announced but we understand it might be good news.

15
Oct

ARMA has a new Chairman

On 15th October 2014 ARMA held their Annual General Meeting, where they saw Ben Jordan retire and elected Martin Perry in his place.