Property management comes with its never-ending list of things to do, so in this edition our contributors have covered everything from communal areas to EV chargers.

In the News!

  • The 2024 ACE Awards are now open and tickets can be purchased here.
  • Andrew Bulmare shares news of a devastating fire that engulfed a residential block in the Campanar neighbourhood of Valencia.
  • Principle Estate Management has warned leaseholders that they must obtain what’s known as a Licence for Alter (LTA) before making any changes to their homes.
  • Read more about ALEP’s intervention in a Supreme Court case for the first time in its history.

Featured Articles

The team at ARMA provide an update on the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill, which passed through its Report Stage and its Third Reading in the House of Commons.

Learn more about “Empowering Change: The Active Bystander Conference by the Hollie Gazzard Trust” from the team at Fraser Allen Estate Management. The conference promises a dynamic day of discussions led by prominent industry and academic experts, focusing on the empowerment that an Active Bystander programme can bring.

Jamie Willsdon, Director of Future Group, addresses the concerns and challenges with inherited EV chargers for Property Managers.

Nia Blackwell, Associate Solicitor at JB Leitch Real Estate, provides an update on her previous article from late 2022 covering the subject of EV charging – and the practical implications for landlords and managing agents to consider.

The team from Ardent Lift Consultancy, looks at communal areas, whether this is within a residential building, or an office space, where lifts serve as crucial access points to the shared areas, allowing residents/workers to move easily between different levels.

Project and building consultancy EarlKendrick give their 7 easy steps to understanding the procedures and terminology of the Party Wall etc. 1996.

The team at 4Site Consulting look at the risks to consider with electric charge points in residential car parks.

Block management partners B-Hive, promote how they can help you be your own boss with a block management business.

Learn more about what landlords and property managers can do to meet their moral and legal responsibilities to leaseholders when it comes to communal and emergency lighting from the experts at Residentsline Insurance.

Manage Your Block explores the importance of outdoor space, planning annual maintenance, and making the most of these communal areas.

The team at London Flats Insurance discuss what should go into the planning of a block car park, as well as what managers can do to optimise the car parks they and their residents are working with.

Learn more about what property managers can do to improve communal areas and outdoor spaces to promote a harmonious living experience for their residents from Flat Living Insurance.

In their article, the team at Block in a Box focus on electric vehicle charging and the various benefits of installing charge points at residential blocks; boosting market value, creating a sense of block community, and doing what you can to enable leaseholders to opt for eco-friendly choices.

Katrina Jones from Residentsline, investigates the importance of Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance for your Residents’ Management Company and outlines possible claim examples.

Read all of these articles and more, in the March edition of Flat Living Magazine.