The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has hosted its popular annual Golf Day. 30 seasoned golfers and novices alike enjoyed navigating the 27-hole course of Warley Park Gold Club in Essex.Read full article
‘It’s all up in the air’ - What is the impact of the Upper Tribunal’s recent decision in Queen Court?
The Upper Tribunal has handed tenants an important victory concerning ‘common parts’ including roof spaces and airspace leases in leasehold enfranchisement.Read full article
We are pleased to annouce that ALEP has appointed John Midgley of Seddons as a new member of our Executive Committee.
The ALEP Executive Committee deals with the day-to-day running of ALEP, and other members include Anna Bailey and Mark Chick. John’s appointment follows the tragic death of ALEP co-founder Alex Greenslade in December, which left a vacancy on the ALEP board. Already a serving member of ALEP’s Advisory Committee, John was well placed to make the move to its Executive Committee.
John is an esteemed figure in the leasehold enfranchisement sector. He is a partner in the Property Disputes team at Seddons and heads up the specialist Leasehold Enfranchisement team. Regularly named as one of the sector’s most influential professionals, John also writes for specialist publications on a variety of enfranchisement and landlord and tenant issues. A notable achievement of John’s was being instrumental in pioneering the Leasehold Reform Amendment Act 2014 and he continues to work with parliament on issues impacting the leasehold sector.
Anna Bailey ALEP Co-founder and Director said: “John has a comprehensive understanding of the Association and how it operates, and we are delighted to welcome him to the ALEP Executive Committee. We now have a vacancy on the Advisory Committee which will be filled by election at the next AGM.
“John is a great asset to ALEP, and we all look forward to working with him in his new position.”Read full article
ALEP's response to Law Commission Consultation Paper: Reinvigorating Commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership
Consultation Paper: Reinvigorating Commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership
This is an open response from the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (‘ALEP’) to the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper No.241 on commonhold (‘the Consultation’).
ALEP welcomes and recognises the work being done by the Law Commission to recommend reforms to the current commonhold system that will make it a viable alternative to leasehold.
ALEP represents practitioners specialising in enfranchisement and as the Law Commission may be aware, ALEP chose Commonhold as its topic for its Spring Lecture in February 2018.
Because ALEP represents practitioners specialising in enfranchisement, we have directed our comments in this open response in the main to areas that touch and concern enfranchisement as these are the areas that are likely to be of most relevance to our members.
ALEP members represent both landlords and tenants, and in presenting the organisation’s view it should be borne in mind that ALEP itself is apolitical and represents a wide breadth of members.
We have requested that our members respond directly to the Consultation and we understand that many members of ALEP have submitted direct responses.Read full article
ALEP has penned an open letter to the Law Commission outlining the Association’s collective response to its consultation ‘Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease’.
As an organisation ALEP is apolitical and given that the Consultation’s terms of reference are political in part, there is a limit to what the Association can say by way of a specific response to each of the points raised in the Consultation. That said, views of members who attended the 9 November consultation forum were collated to form ALEP’s feedback to the Law Commission.
The response can be found here.Read full article
The following report was read by ALEP Director, Mark Chick:
As we head towards the end of 2018, we can reflect on yet another year that has seen leasehold remain a hot topic and placed firmly under the microscope by government, the media, our colleagues in the wider property industry and consumers, too. As debates, challenges and consultations continue, I would like to take this opportunity to re-affirm ALEP’s position in the marketplace.Read full article
When property law and consumer legislation collide: Jones v Roundlistic Limited  EWCA Civ 2284
The Court of Appeal recently considered a case raising the question as to how far consumer rights legislation can be relied upon by a tenant in the context of a statutory lease extension under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. The relevant consumer legislation was the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999, which has now been replaced with near identical wording by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.Read full article
It’s a hit! Leasehold enfranchisement sector unites for ALEP’s biggest ever Annual Conference as host encourages delegates to ‘seek clarity’ in response to Law Commission’s consultation
The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) hosted its Annual Conference on Tuesday 9 October, with the sell-out event seeing more than 300 professionals gathering for the main event in the leasehold enfranchisement calendar.Read full article
Calling all property professionals in Manchester! ALEP presents free leasehold enfranchisement event
Property professionals in Manchester will have the chance to broaden their knowledge of the UK’s leasehold system at a free to attend event presented by the Association of Leasehold Property Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP), and hosted by law firm, Irwin MitchellRead full article
"The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has reviewed the Law Commission’s consultation paper ‘Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease’ published on 20th September...Read full article