Right to rent

The right to rent policy starts today. This is being trialled firstly in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton.

This means that private landlords need to do immigration checks on new tenants or they could face a fine of up to £3,000


Some key points are

  • Check all residents over 18years of age
  • Landlords to check passports or biometric residents permits
  • Online form available for Landlords to complete if there are no documents available from tenants
  • If you are a Landlord using a letting agent, place in writing who is responsible for right to rent as unless stated its the landlords responsibility
  • Check all tenants, do not discriminate


More information can be found here

Right to rent government guidlines



Local Contractors Needed

We manage various leasehold apartment sites across the Midlands. We maintain the communal areas and where possible like to use local contractors. We need-

  • Decorators
  • Locksmiths
  • Electricians
  • Builders
  • Roofer
  • Fire alarm servicer
  • Handy man

If you cover the Midlands please email customerservices@kt-management.co.uk to be added to our database.

Thank you


Safety in the home

We like to think of our home as a place of comfort and safety. It is easy to become complacent in our home surroundings, so here are some simple reminders of how to keep you and your family safe in the home-

  • Don’t leave items around on the floor that can become a trip hazard
  • Make sure none of your electrical items have any wires exposed
  • Have gas appliances checked every 12 months
  • Make sure all areas of your home are well lit
  • Regularly check your smoke alarm
  • Wipe up any wet spills in the kitchen or bathroom area to prevent slips
  • Check ID of any callers at the door, answer the door with a door chain if you have one



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.



Do you know your lease agreement?

When you buy a leasehold property you need to comply to the terms of the lease. Each lease can vary for different properties so it is worth while knowing what your lease says.

For example-Many leases won’t allow pets and some won’t allow instruments. If you break the terms of the lease you could be at risk of losing your home.

Also be aware that the lease will be a term of so many years often starting from 99 years when built, be aware of how long you have left of your lease and look into when is best to extend the term.

If we manage your leasehold property and you are unsure and need help feel free to email us on customerservices@kt-management.co.uk

Also for free online advice visit www.lease-advice.org


ARMA 2014 Conference

The ARMA 2014 Conference is going to take place on 16th October 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster. If it is anything like last year, we’re expecting good things.


ARMA AGM 15th October 2014

The ARMA AGM is going to take place tomorrow, can’t wait to find out what they have planned for the future. www.arma.org.uk


Are your Service Charge Demands Correct?

In order for a Service Charge demand to be valid by law, each demand must be made in writing and accompanied by the up to date version of the summary of tenants’ rights and obligations in England.


Thinking of an extension for your apartment?

Residents in apartments have a tendency to leave things in the communal areas, in particular hallways such as shoes and furniture. How often do you see residents in houses leaving their shoes, washing, bikes, prams, children toys and furniture on their front lawn for the public to see, let alone taking them?

Whilst communal areas are for the use residents; they are also a work place for contractors who keep the communal areas clean and tidy…. let alone visitors to the block, whether known or not. Read more


Phillips v Francis

Not long for the long-awaited appeal in the case of Phillips v Francis, scheduled to commence on 14th May.

The earlier decision turned the industry standard practice on its head when carrying out major works. So we’ll all be ready to hear the decision and the impact it will have for the sector.