ARMA

6
Dec

Poor ventilation!

Control and prevent damp… Condensation is your enemy! Here’s how to reduce it!

One of the most common causes of damp – is;

Poor ventilation!

However, it may be caused by other factors… such as poor insulation, the use of bottled gas fires and paraffin heaters – which can bring large amounts of water vapour into the air. Leaving empty homes closed up and unheated also attracts damp.

But you can avoid this by;

– Properly ventilating your home by ensuring that air bricks are not papered over internally or being blocked up outside. A simple look around should determine whether this is the problem and can be easily resolved by fitting a decorative grill!

-Giving your home the proper insulation it needs by injecting cavity wall insulation or using thin polystyrene lining that can be put up like wallpaper and then papered over! Preventing the walls from going cold and stops condensation forming is key!

-Extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom can also increase ventilation and lessen excess moisture. Dehumidifiers can also be used if you want to go that extra mile during the winter months!

-Try to air your clothes outside after washing… as this stops any excess moisture from being trapped when you air them inside!

-When cooking food make sure you open a window and keep the kitchen door closed, the moisture from your steaming pots can build up moisture in cooler rooms causing condensation when it touches a cold window for example! The same goes for taking a shower and putting the kettle on… so keep your doors closed and windows open!

28
May

Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Black country chamberWe are members of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and they have published our recent accreditation on their website. Please click the link to read-

 

BCCC News

26
Mar

We’re Moving

We're Moving

We are committed to offering the best service to our customers , with this is mind we are relocating to new offices.

Our new offices will be by Merry Hill.

We will inform all residents and associates of all contact details when the move is finalised.

26
Feb

ARMA-Q Accreditation

ARMA-Q Accreditation We are pleased to announce that KT-Management have been ARMA-Q accredited.

Posted by ARMA-

We’re proud to announce more successful members to achieve ARMA-Q accreditation.

Congratulations to:

  • KT Management Co (UK) Ltd

These members have successfully demonstrated that they meet the best industry standards through ARMA-Q – a powerful quality assurance to their current and potential clients that will give them a competitive edge.

In the UK at present there is no statutory regulation for property management companies to follow, which can lead to lots of inconsistences. This is why we became members of ARMA (Association of Residential Managing Agents).

ARMA-Q is the new self-regulatory regime for ARMA members. The Q stands for quality. By signing up to ARMA-Q we have shown that we are committed to providing the best service when managing your estate.

http://arma.org.uk/regulation/arma-q

 

 

3
Nov

Philips V Francis Appeal

Court of appeal overturns Philips V Francis decision on major works

The judgement on Friday restores the common sense approach as to what constitutes qualifying works to which the £250 consultation limit applies.

Saving valuable time so that jobs can be completed without a lengthy delaying process.

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.

24
Sep

Why you need a professional managing agent to look after your block.

WE ARE A MEMBER OF ARMA WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT FACT AND HERE’S WHY….

It’s worth remembering that the residential leasehold sector is unregulated. Anyone can set up as managing agent and start collecting service charges without the relevant qualifications or experience.

ARMA vet all members before they join.  So you can be confident in using an ARMA agent like us because:

  • They have the right professional experience: every member has to prove they have at least two years’ residential management experience

 

  • Your service charge money is being held legally and safely: all members must demonstrate they hold service charge monies in trust as required by law

 

  • The member has Professional Indemnity Insurance: this covers you against inadequate advice and negligence relating to a member

 

  • Your agent is committed to and bound by professional standards: all ARMA agents must comply with the RICS Service Charge Residential Management Code. This defines best practice in the sector. If they do not follow the Code, they could be subject to disciplinary action

 

  • If something goes wrong, you can get independent redress: all members must belong to an independent ombudsman scheme. What’s more, ARMA members are the only managing agents to be independently regulated. So if you do have a dispute, you can be confident it is being handled with integrity

 

We work with ARMA to make sure you get the highest standards for a clean and safe environment, giving you peace of mind and a happy place to live.

 

 

19
Aug

Proposals to Improve Property Management Services

Earlier in the year the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) conducted a study into the service provided by residential property management companies in England and Wales and have identified some concerns on how the market works.

As a result of the study it is the CMA’s intention to seek remedial action to improve the performance of the market and to provide leaseholders with a better outcome. The main issues that were highlighted were unnecessary or excessive charging for services, poor service quality, poor communication and insufficient transparency. At the moment we understand that the CMA are seeking possible remedies to the problems identified in order to develop recommendations for the industry.

Click here for more information

 

29
Jul

Budgeting for 2015 Service Charges

It is that time of year again when we put the wheels in motion for the 2015 Service Charge Budgets. Our Property Managers are busy bees identifying items on site that will need attention over the next 12-18 months as well as getting in the final quotes, ready for our Budget Meetings.

16
Jul

Cabinet Reshuffle for the Housing Sector

It has been announced that Brandon Lewis has been promoted to Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), combining the positions previously held by Nick Boles (Planning Minister) and Kris Hopkins (Housing Minister).

Penny Mordaunt will be known as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DCLG.

Eric Pickles will continue in his role as Secretary of State at DCLG and remains responsible for the overall strategic direction of DCLG which works with agencies and public bodies, including the Housing Ombudsman, the Planning Inspectorate, the Leasehold Advisory Service, the Homes & Communities Agency and the Building Regulations Advisory Committee and affordable housing, rented housing and the planning system.