News

July 2019

Leaseholder Responsibilities – It’s all in the Lease

Leaseholder Responsibilities – It’s all in the Lease

In this article Leigh Shapiro, member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) and Partner at Irwin Mitchell, discusses the hidden responsibilities of leaseholders and why it’s so important to get the right advice before embarking on ownership of a leasehold property. 

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So, what does a managing agent do?

The Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) has produced a booklet for leaseholders and prospective purchasers to explain the role of the managing agent and to de-mystify some of the peculiarities of leasehold.

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Deciphering your residential lease

In this article, Louise Uphill Senior Associate at Blake Morgan and ALEP member provides guidance on how leaseholders can get to grips with their leases and highlights key clauses that should not be ignored.

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And they’re off! ALEP night at the races is the winning ticket!

And they’re off! ALEP night at the races is the winning ticket!

Last week ALEP held its highly-anticipated Night at the Races at Kempton Park Racecourse.  

More than 70 member firms and VIPs were at the heart of the action in the private Desert Orchid suite which provided fantastic views overlooking the racecourse. The evening proved to be one of ALEP’s most popular networking events where guests enjoyed a night of betting, fabulous food and fizz. A few lucky ALEP members got lucky and left with their winnings in hand!  

ALEP’s Night at the Races was made possible thanks to sponsors Kerry London, Anthony Gold Solicitors.

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June 2019

ALEP welcomes Government’s reforms to leasehold system in England

 Mark Chick, ALEP Director, and Partner and Bishop & Sewell, said:

"The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has reviewed Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) summary document in response to the technical consultation ‘Implementing reforms to the leasehold system in England’, published on 27th June 2019.

“Leasehold enfranchisement has been in the spotlight now for many months, and with the furore surrounding this issue it is crucial that leaseholders are well informed and educated. ALEP welcomes the opportunity for sector-wide reform and clarification as set out in the MHCLG’s response paper.

“The consultation’s aim was to tackle exploitative practices in the leasehold sector. In his ministerial foreword, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP states:  I am going to make this easier, so people can make the biggest purchase of their lives with confidence, with transparency and fairness at every stage for leaseholders and freeholders alike.”

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Popularity of AirBnB soars – but be sure to check your lease agreement

Popularity of AirBnB soars – but be sure to check your lease agreement

ALEP is pleased to feature this guest article by Sarah Taylor, Senior Property Disputes Associate at  ALEP member firm, Royds Withy King

In this article Sarah Taylor, Senior Property Disputes Associate at Royds Withy King and member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP), discusses the hidden pitfalls leaseholders could fall into if they rent their property through AirBnB.

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May 2019

ALEP members bring their A Game to Warley Park for Annual Golf Day

April 2019

ALEP announces appointment of John Midgley to its Executive Committee