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The Right to Manage – is it right for me?

Do you own a leasehold flat in a block that's poorly managed or managed in such a manner that you are forced to pay the managing agents many hundreds or thousands of pounds a year in service charges?

If the answer is yes, you may have considered taking steps to enfranchise the Freehold collectively, but enfranchisement can be an expensive option, particularly if there is no need to extend the leases and the Leaseholders' main aim is to take control of the management of the block.
Under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 the Leaseholders of a block of purpose built flats have the right to choose who manages their block, whether their leases provide specifically for self-management or not.

This may mean that two individuals who own upstairs and downstairs maisonettes who are tired of paying their Freeholder several hundred pounds a year for next to no maintenance decide to exercise their Right to Manage and take control of the management of the Freehold themselves.

It may mean that the Leaseholders in a block of 80 newly built flats, who are tired of their over-zealous developer Freeholder charging them extortionate sums for maintenance works that are simply not required but are commissioned in order to keep its own contractors in work during a quiet spell in the development, get together and as a majority they exercise their Right to Manage and appoint a local Managing Agent selected from a panel by the Leaseholders using objective criteria and references to manage the block in accordance with the lease, but at considerably less cost per year to the Leaseholders.

Whether you are a Leaseholder of a maisonette, a 1970s block of flats, or a second-floor unit in a modern development, the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 can provide you with a cost effective mechanism of taking control of the management of the freehold.

Jamieson Alexander have a wealth of experience in acting for any size block or collection of blocks, from 2 to 200* (actually, it was 179 to be precise) in enforcing the statutory Right to Manage. We can offer fixed fees for the whole process to grant you peace of mind you won't be faced with an unexpected bill at the end of the matter.

If you are interested in your rights and would like more information on the process and how we can support you in your claim, just contact us - we are happy to meet with you and your fellow Leaseholders free of charge to discuss your options. For further information, see our Property page.

Ben Colenutt


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