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Managers of the Month 

Managers of the Month  Wendy Walker, Estates Manager at Livingcity discusses her role & why effective communication is so vital. Thursday, 23rd October 2014 Read more
 

Moretons Complete Rebrand

Moretons Property Services Limited has experienced a transformation and October 2014 has seen the completion of a rebranding process that sees the company focus on the traditional elements of the business. Monday, 20th October 2014 Read more
 

Leasehold grows to 4.1 million flats, says Government

Leasehold grows to 4.1 million flats, says Government<o:p></o:p> Latest government estimates put the number of leasehold flats in England at 4.1 million. Wednesday, 15th October 2014 Read more
 

Planning permission granted for Archway Tower re-clad

Planning permission granted for Archway Tower re-clad
<p><o:p></o:p></p> The Planning Inspectorate has granted permission for the recladding of Archway Tower in North London. Wednesday, 15th October 2014 Read more
 

Regis Group purchases 1,200 residential units 

Regis Group has purchased two freehold ground rent portfolios consisting of more than 1,200 residential units. The acquisitions will expand the group’s existing freehold portfolio further into the Midlands and the North of England. Wednesday, 15th October 2014 Read more
 

Landlords and tenants caught by double dip charging

Landlords and tenants caught by double dip charging Some letting agents are charging landlords and tenants for the same service, according to new research from Direct Line for Business.

While most letting agents play by the rules, the study found evidence of both landlords and tenants being charged for services such as checking references or alterations to contract extension agreements, even for very simple revisions. Wednesday, 15th October 2014 Read more

 

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Keeping residents warm this winter

Keeping residents warm this winter
<p><o:p></o:p></p> Rupert Mackay reflects on how Managing Agents can stay one step ahead as households turn up the heat. 

Wednesday, 15th October 2014 Read more

 

Tenants to get fast and free fibre broadband at East Village

Tenants to get fast and free fibre broadband at East Village
<p><o:p></o:p></p> New tenants at east village, the former Athletes’ Village used for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, are to benefit from hyperfast broadband. Wednesday, 25th June 2014 Read more
 

Drowning in complexities

Drowning in complexities Katherine Simpson describes how one charity successfully appealed a County Court decision. Friday, 27th June 2014 Read more
 

Right to manage: possible pitfalls

Right to manage: possible pitfalls Justin Bates considers some of the problems which can befall those seeking to exercise the Right to Manage. Friday, 27th June 2014 Read more
 

The National Leasehold Conference 2014

The National Leasehold Conference is aimed at housing associations and those who wish to receive a concise one day update and increase their knowledge on the most relevant topics within the leasehold management sector. Wednesday, 19th February 2014 Read more
 

What options are available when extending your lease

What options are available when extending your lease<o:p></o:p> Colin Horton looks at the options available when extending a lease. Wednesday, 23rd April 2014 Read more
 

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25 Things Every Flat Owner Must Know 

News on the Block is dedicated to helping flat owners and their professional advisors with issues concerning the management and maintenance of flats. We hope that this booklet helps to demystify what can sometimes appear to be a complex world of leasehold ownership. The information contained in this booklet is in summary form only and is by no means definitive. It is merely intended as a taster, to gently nudge or direct you towards the correct answer or solution you may be looking for. Or, failing that, simply to inform. If you need to know more, then there is a list of further helpful resources at the end of this booklet.

 

 
 

Events

Apartment Insurance Masterclass 2014 
This event will focus on one of the key mandatory obligations for every residential building in the UK: Insurance. It is estimated that property managers spend up to 25% of their time dealing with insurance related issues which often involves input from freeholders and flat owners.
The Property Management Awards 2014-2015
The 2014-2015 Property Management Awards, now in its sixth year, recognises the excellence and professionalism of all specialists working in the industry both at an individual and company level.
FPRA Annual Conference 2014
The Federation of Private Residents’ Associations (FPRA)  Anniversary Event for leaseholders will take place on the November 10th 2014 at Kensington Town Hall, London.
 

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25 Things Every Flat Owner Must Know -

News on the Block is dedicated to helping flat owners and their professional advisors with issues concerning the management and maintenance of flats. We hope that this booklet helps to demystify what can sometimes appear to be a complex world of leasehold ownership. The information contained in this booklet is in summary form only and is by no means definitive. It is merely intended as a taster, to gently nudge or direct you towards the correct answer or solution you may be looking for. Or, failing that, simply to inform. If you need to know more, then there is a list of further helpful resources at the end of this booklet.

We hope that you find this booklet useful. As always, if you have any specific questions or comments please email them to editor@newsontheblock.com

Baroness Gardner of Parkes Key note speech FPRA Annual Conference 2012 -

 

Baroness Gardner of Parkes Keynote Speech at The Federation of Private Residents’ Associations Annual Conference on 8th November 2012
 
 

Insurance Feature 2012 -

Your essential guide to block insurance. Some of this features articles include:

  • Getting the best from your insurance broker
  • How to deal with claims effectively
  • 8 ways to spot under insurance in your blocks of flats