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More agents achieve ARMA-Q accreditation

More agents achieve ARMA-Q accreditation CaxtonsResidential Management Group (RMG) and Braemar Estates are among the latest managing agents to achieve ARMA-Q accreditation. Monday, 26th January 2015 Read more
 

Deacon develops insurance comparison site for small blocks

Deacon develops insurance comparison site for small blocks Specialist blocks of flats insurance broker Deacon, part of the Arthur J. Gallagher group, has created DEACONlink, its first online quote and buy website for smaller blocks of up to 20 flats. Monday, 26th January 2015 Read more
 

First-time buyers bounce back in December

Lending to borrowers with deposits worth 15% or less of their property’s value showed a 5% month-on-month increase in December. There were 8,370 loan approvals made for higher LTV borrowers (typically first-time buyers), representing a 0.9% year-on-year improvement compared to 8,294 in December 2013. Monday, 26th January 2015 Read more
 

Home purchase lending stalls in second half of 2014

There were nearly 34,000 fewer home purchase mortgage approvals in the second half of 2014 than the first half as the lending recovery stalled following regulatory change, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor from e.surv. Monday, 26th January 2015 Read more
 

Future home technology goes on show at CES

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 took place in Las Vegas last month, offering a glimpse of some of the technology that could soon be making people’s lives easier around the home. Monday, 26th January 2015 Read more
 

Financial controller convicted of stealing £1.3m from estate agency

The financial controller of a firm of estate agents is facing a prison sentence after being convicted of stealing £1.3 million from the company. Monday, 26th January 2015 Read more
 

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 Property Management Summit 2015

The Property Management Summit is a weekend conference that takes the form of a collaborative workshop, aimed at property managers and Directors who wish to refresh their technical expertise and add to their CPD hours. There is a vibrant social scene and the networking opportunities are a key element of the weekend’s success. Friday, 19th December 2014 Read more
 

Managing a surveyor’s skill set

Managing a surveyor’s skill set Julian Davies looks at the similarities between successful rugby sides and well-managed teams of surveyors. Wednesday, 10th December 2014 Read more
 

Finding the managers of tomorrow

Finding the managers of tomorrow<o:p></o:p> Stuart Jackson looks at some of the ways the Property Management sector is trying to attract young job seekers. Wednesday, 10th December 2014 Read more
 

Simplifying service charges

Simplifying service charges<o:p></o:p> Annie McGrandles looks at how a standard set of accounting principles across the residential sector could make life easier for leaseholders.

Wednesday, 10th December 2014 Read more

 

Philips v Francis - Major Works in Blocks of Flats Webinar 

This webinar will consider the recent court of appeal decision in Philips v Francis and its impact on major works in blocks of flats for residents, landlords and leaseholders.  Wednesday, 5th November 2014 Read more
 

Under-takings overboard

Under-takings overboard<o:p></o:p> Amanda Gourlay looks at a recent case involving service charges. Wednesday, 29th October 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

LEASE Annual Conference 2015 - Leaseholder Event - Wednesday, 4th February 2015

Wednesday, 4th February 2015
LEASE are holding a FREE evening event exclusively for leaseholders. This conference aims to inform, educate and offer support to leaseholders. Delegates will be able to listen to experts and professionals in the sector and also interactively participate though a series of workshops. Alongside the conference, one-to one appointments with advisers from LEASE will be available.

 Property Management Summit 2015
The Property Management Summit is a weekend conference that takes the form of a collaborative workshop, aimed at property managers and Directors who wish to refresh their technical expertise and add to their CPD hours. There is a vibrant social scene and the networking opportunities are a key element of the weekend’s success.
15th ALEP Conference
THE 15TH ALEP Conference took place on October 21 at the Royal Institution in Mayfair.
 

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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