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February 2015

ALEP Welcomes Kempton Carr Croft as Latest Member

We are delighted to welcome Maidenhead based Kempton Carr Croft as our latest member firm.

Kempton Carr Croft is a multi-disciplined firm of Chartered Surveyors offering independent expertise, advice and services relating to commercial and residential property and land.

The firm serves London and the Thames Valley to provide property solutions, and states that its  " commitment to our clients is to provide a consistently high quality of service and the best advice possible. Professional excellence, integrity, client focus and honesty are at the heart of all of our business processes." 

The firm is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, (RICS).

   

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Leasehold Roundtable: Collaboration & Consultation Key to Raising Standards

Press release: 23 February 2015

Senior representatives from the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP), the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM), the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), met recently for talks in central London. 

The meeting, which was hosted by ALEP, was a follow-up to a roundtable held last summer and facilitated informal discussions on issues currently affecting the leasehold and enfranchisement sector.

Alex Greenslade, ALEP’s Honorary Secretary, commented: 

“These biannual meetings have allowed us to agree a set of objectives and, importantly, put in place a strategy for continued collaboration and consultation, which is vital for raising standards in the sector.”

Janie Strange is Joint CEO of the IRPM. She commented:

"The Institute of Residential Property Management delivers a portable professional qualification in residential property management.  It is open to anyone working in the sector. Our aims include raising standards in the sector and generally improving the standing of the sector in the eyes of the public. By working with other professional bodies, we are able to strengthen our commitment. We are pleased to be working with the ALEP, and the other organisations in the group, for the mutual benefit of our organisations and our members."

Patrick Bullick, Chairman of National Association of Estate Agents- London Region, said of the event:

“ NAEA & ARLA are pleased to be working closely with other member bodies, relevant organisations and government to deal with the often complex issues that can arise around leasehold ownership. Our aim is to help raise the awareness of agents and the public to these issues and how best to deal with them.”

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Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards 2015

News on the Block is excited to launch the 2015 Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2015. 

This year has been an exceedingly busy and demanding year with ever increasing interest in enfranchisement and right to manage claims. Practitioners have displayed and implemented an exceptional quality of work in the industry and the publication, ALEP's media partner for 2015, is looking forward to recognising and celebrating these high levels of performance with you on the 4th June at The Underglobe, London.

We would be delighted to see ALEP members in attendance and News on the Block hopes to be able to congratulate you on the winners podium! The event is such a celebration and an evening to remember, with an opportunity for all to take a well earned break from your desks.

For more details and to book tickets please visit the website: www.theermas.co.uk

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January 2015

ALEP Welcomes Michael Laurie Magar Ltd to the Association

Michael Laurie Magar Ltd is a regulated, specialist and award winning firm of Chartered Surveyors and Property Managing Agents and one of the newest members of ALEP.

Managing Director, Michael Jacobs is a Chartered Surveyor and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Property Management. Furthermore, he has spent his working life advising a wide variety of clients on lease construction, new developments and lease alterations for existing developments; is used as an expert witness for court hearings and has significant experience in lease interpretation and enforcement matters. 

He has aided a number of Clients through the enfranchisement process in recent years and is delighted to become a member of ALEP in order to continue offering new and existing Clients a truly specialised and knowledgeable service within this complex arena.

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December 2014

ALEP's Spring Conference 2015 will take place on 24 March at the Royal Institution, Mayfair.

ALEP's Spring Conference 2015 will take place on 24 March at the Royal Institution, Mayfair.

We are delighted to announce the programme for ALEP's Spring Conference 2015 as follows:

Right to Manage –the opportunities for leaseholders and their professional advisers – by Professor James Driscoll 
Those involved in advising on enfranchisement and new lease claims often find it useful to consider alternative approaches when helping leaseholders achieve their goals. The statutory right to manage is one such alternative as it can provide the control of the management of the building they desire without having to fund a freehold purchase. As a no-fault based right it can be very straightforward but, as seemingly endless court and tribunal decisions show, great care must be taken at the preliminary stages. This talk will demonstrate how important it is for practitioners to be familiar with what the RTM can bring and how it can be achieved. 

The Middleman’s Tale – presentation by Jennifer Ellis FRICS, Senior Partner, Langley Taylor, with legal commentary from Mark Chick, ALEP Director 
Jennifer’s talk will cover the importance, role and standing of those owning intermediate leases and how they are compensated when their interests are diminished. 

Excluded premises in collective claims – the minefield of measuring non-residential areas under the 1993 Act – presentation by Anna Favre, Partner, Residential Real Estate, Pemberton Greenish
Anna will present relevant case law on the meaning of common parts and occupation for residential purposes together with practical examples on the application of section 4(1) of the 1993 Act to mixed-use buildings. 

Enfranchisement case update – Anthony Radevsky, Barrister, Falcon Chambers 
Anthony will provide an overview of the most important decisions of recent months and assess their impact on the enfranchisement sector.

To register your interest email admin@alep.org.uk 

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November 2014

ALEP Attends House of Lords for Leasehold Roundtable

ALEP Attends House of Lords for Leasehold Roundtable

11 November 2014 Alex Greenslade, founder and Honorary Secretary of ALEP, last week attended a residential leasehold roundtable at the House of Lords. The invitation to Westminster comes after ALEP played a key role in legislative reform, which resulted in the amendment t

The invitation to Westminster comes after ALEP played a key role in legislative reform, which resulted in the amendment to the 1993 Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act being passed earlier this year, and confirms ALEP’s place at the forefront of the leasehold and enfranchisement industry.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon presided over proceedings, with the government represented by Brandon Lewis, MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The agenda covered a number of topics currently facing the residential leasehold sector and included an overview from the Minister on the government’s current focus and action.

Matters discussed of particular interest to ALEP and its members included the issue of freeholder valuations with specific regard to counter notices, a planned health check for prospective leaseholders to support advice already available and discussions between the DCLG and LEASE regarding (paid-for) access to Tribunal decisions.

Alex Greenslade impressed upon the party the importance of considering long-term issues, particularly the matter of lease length, as well as those that might result in immediate resolution. He was also able to present the Minister and delegates with ALEP’s wish list of enfranchisement sector changes, as drawn up by its members over the past four years.

He says, “I was delighted to represent ALEP and our members at this important event and look forward to working with government and other industry bodies to negotiate our way through the complexities of leasehold reform for the benefit of our members and those they represent.”

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October 2014

15th ALEP Conference: Landmark Event Unravels the Science of Leasehold Enfranchisement

15th ALEP Conference: Landmark Event Unravels the Science of Leasehold Enfranchisement

The 15th ALEP Conference took place on 21 October at the renowned Royal Institution in Mayfair. 

A sell-out success, the conference – once again sponsored by Kerry London – welcomed over 250 delegates, demonstrating just how far the Association has come since its first event, which played host to just 40 guests.

Many of the delegates represented ALEP’s 170 member organisations, and were joined by peers from the wider property sector and the press. 

ALEP is committed to promoting best practice specifically in the enfranchisement sector and prides itself on being progressive, innovative and responsive to member feedback. As a result, breakout sessions were reintroduced for this landmark event, which enabled delegates once again to specialise by attending either a valuation or legal masterclass.

Mark Chick, ALEP Director and Partner, Bishop & Sewell, hosted the event, which began with a session on Schedule 10 and its application to enfranchisement valuation, presented by Katherine Simpson, Partner, Head of Residential Real Estate, Pemberton Greenish. 

The valuation masterclass was led by James Wilson, Partner and Head of Valuation, W.A.Ellis, who led a discussion and lively Q&A session in the Faraday Theatre on current valuation topics, including recent case decisions. Mark Loveday, Barrister Tanfield Chambers, took charge of the legal masterclass and introduced the topic of missing landlords, vesting orders and the alternatives, to 100 delegates in the Conversation Room. 

Afternoon tea and more networking was followed by a presentation from Sophie Chick and Chris Buckle of Savills Residential Research team. Both speakers impressed delegates with an excellent and informative presentation, which covered current market conditions in the UK residential property market, and key research issues, including use of indices and factors affecting relativity.

Philip Rainey QC, always a popular speaker, gave the traditional case update presenting an overview of some of the most important decisions in recent months and assessing their impact on the enfranchisement sector.

ALEP announced the imminent launch of a new website, with improved features for consumers and members, and also updated delegates with news of the Association’s involvement in further lobbying of parliament about leasehold matters.

ALEP’s Spring Conference will be held on Tuesday 21 March, again at The Royal Institution, Mayfair. 

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September 2014

Kerry London Golf Day & Novice Event Enjoyed by all!

August 2014

Book now for ALEP's 15th Conference at The Royal Institution in Mayfair on 21 October 2014 - limited places remain!