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.
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.
In every Lease there are a number of obligations (or does and don’ts) that the flat owner is required to follow. This could include anything from when and how to pay the Service Charge to the actual usage of the flat itself.
In extreme cases where the flat owner does not fulfil the obligations set out in the Lease, legal action is highly likely resulting in the flat owner potentially losing their flat through the legal process called forfeiture.
Do you remember as a child asking your parents if you could have a pet? to the point that it didn’t matter what it was as long as you had a pet…. maybe now as an adult you understand more, what it takes to be a animal owner and all the responsibilities the go with it.
On top of this… if you live in a leasehold property you should be aware that in every lease there will be a restriction of some sort in respect of animals.
This has lead ARMA (the trade association for companies in the leasehold management sector) to develop ARMA-Q.
ARMA-Q is designed to self-regulate ARMA members by producing standards for members to follow, promoting good practice within the sector in order for you as a customer to benefit.
I had a reminder the other day that Christmas was on it’s way; won’t be long before the shops stock up with everything festive and your bank card is in need of a rest.
Now is an ideal time for you to plan ahead…
… Start by writing a list of items you need to take with you every time you go shopping. Shops spend a lot of time planning displays and offers to make you think you need them when in fact you don’t.
…. Plan your menu for the week, this will help you create your shopping list and only buy items that you know you will use.
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.