Without being a bah humbug with the run up to Christmas, its wise to keep in mind that burglary increases at this time of year. A combination of darker nights and the potential of gifts inside the property. Its a busy time of year but take a few moments to think of the security of your home.
Here are some tips to help keep your home safe this Christmas-
When living in an apartment it’s important to consider those living around you.
If you are subject to noise nuisance it can become very stressful, you can lose sleep and feel frustrated in your home. If you are disturbed by a noisy neighbour make sure you politely speak to them regarding the noise, as they may not be aware they are making any. If you have spoken to your neighbour but the noise continues please feel free to contact us if we are your management company and if they let the property we could inform the landlord who may be able to help. If noise continues-keep a log of the days and times that you are being disturbed and contacting the local council environmental health department can also help.
Living in a leasehold property there will be certain terms of the lease which will help protect you from noise nuisance such as
-No noise after 11pm or before 7am
Any one breaking the terms of their lease could be at risk of losing their home
Please all be considerate to each other for a nice environment to live
We use an extensive check list to check sites are up to scratch and we try to be as proactive as possible.
There are times in between site visits and contractor visits when part of your communal area may get damaged or break.
Just a reminder to all residents that if you do see a fault please let us know and don’t presume another resident has told us.
You can call us on 01384 573637
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Working together for a safe, clean environment to live.
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.
How many times do we take alarms for granted??
Yesterday when a resident heard an alarm from inside an apartment she luckily took notice, She had previously seen the resident leave the apartment block and could start to smell smoke. She called us and then the emergency services were called.
The communal alarms went off and everyone evacuated safely.
The fire service attended and there was no damage done.
We would like to thank the resident and we are pleased this situation was dealt with efficiently and effectively for the safety of all residents.
Also a reminder if you do hear alarms remember…it could be for real.
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:
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.
Are you a landlord? do you know who is in your property?
From December, private Landlords in the Midlands will face fines of up to £3,000 if they fail to carry out checks on their tenants, according to the Home Office.
The “Right to Rent” scheme is the first phase in a drive to create a hostile environment for illegal migrants in Britain and to deny them access to public services they are not entitled to.
The Home Office has released an official Code of Practice suggesting that everyone’s immigration status should be checked to avoid accusations of discrimination. (Immediate family members will be exempt).
Soon all Midland Landlords will be required to request evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship such as a passport. The Landlord will be required to obtain and retain a copy for a 12 month period after the tenancy ends. There are exemptions to this however for full details see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/right-to-rent-landlords-code-of-practice
We have just had some lovely new gates fitted to a bin stores on one of our sites that was experiencing a little trouble with fly tipping and unwelcome strangers. Thank you for all the lovely feedback we have had.
The freeholder of a garage block leased the airspace above some garages to a developer with the intention of constructing flats on top of each garage. This was opposed by a flat owner who stated that their lease gave them ownership to the parts that the developer proposed to be developed. The Court found in favour of the flat owner and rejected the developers argument that the roof and airspace should be excluded from the tenants’ ownership.
At this unprecedented time we have made some operational changes and have closed our offices. The team are however still here to support you although for the time-being we will need your co-operation to communicate with us by email please.
Given the volumes we know we will not be able to reply immediately but if you could remain patient for the reply if applicable, you will most certainly receive a response but please resist the temptation to send several other emails, it will not only help us manage enquiries but enable us to identify any priority emails relating to emergencies etc
Rest assured we are doing everything we can, working within Government guidelines, to maintain services while at the same time protecting our staff, clients and contractors.
Finally, if we could ask you not to send any paper correspondence to our offices please, and to arrange for any payments to be submitted electronically it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your understanding, look after yourselves and please stay safe.