Landlords Obligations

The management and administration of blocks of flats, whether they are purpose built or converted from older houses, and private residential estates, is a quite unique form of property management requiring specialised skills and an in-depth knowledge of legislation not normally found within the average letting agency or estate agent.

Landlords and residents’ management companies struggle to deal with the increasing complexities of block management.

Their responsibilities range from fulfilling the obligations specified in the lease relating to the maintenance and management of the building and common areas, as well as accounting for service charge and reserve fund income and expenditure, to complying with a significant array of legislative requirements, specifically those contained in the following :-

  • Law of Property Act 1925
  • Leasehold Property (Repairs) Act 1938
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Protection from Eviction Act 1977
  • Landlord & Tenant Act 1985
  • Landlord & Tenant Act 1987
  • Housing Act 1996
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Commonhold & Leasehold Reform Act 2002
  • Equality Act 2010 (incorporating most of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005)
  • Construction & (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (major works)
  • Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

There are others, but these are the most important.

Hastings Property Management has a proven track record in this highly specialised area of block management.  We have the experience and take a very proactive interest in the properties we manage, to ensure that the value of properties is not only maintained but enhanced wherever possible.

We offer services that include:

  • Experienced staff with an in-depth knowledge of the complicated legislative issues and administration procedures involved in block management
  • Computerised accounting with a high level of detail to reduce audit and accounting costs.
  • Access to competent and approved contractors at competitive rates
  • Annual budgets, planned maintenance and regular site visits
  • The experience and diplomacy needed to deal with any problems and to resolve any disputes that may arise within the community
  • Competitive management fees
  • Company Secretary services, where required