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October 2018

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

September 2018

July 2018

ALEP welcomes the publication of the Law Commission's recommendations to reform the enfranchisement regime for leasehold houses

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) welcomes the publication of the Law Commission's recommendations to reform the enfranchisement regime for leasehold houses.

The Law Commission has proposed a number of options to improve the leasehold houses market including: to reduce the premium payable by leaseholders to extend their lease or purchase the freehold of their property, to introduce the right for leaseholders of houses to purchase longer lease extensions without a ground rent, and to remove technical barriers that prevent some leaseholders of houses from exercising their right to enfranchise.

 

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June 2018

ALEP Member Harold Benjamin announces two new partners

May 2018

COLMAN COYLE JOINS ALEP

COLMAN COYLE JOINS ALEP

Established in 1984 and located in Islington close to the City of London and the Royal Courts of Justice, Colman Coyle is an accredited firm with a particular emphasis on real estate and real estate associated matters.

Colman Coyle prides itself on providing practical and commercially grounded legal advice and has an extensive client base acting for landlords, managing agents and tenants across a wide range of property related matters including lease extensions, freehold purchases, rights of first refusal, right to manage and all other areas of landlord and tenant law. 

Colman Coyle is delighted to have been accepted as a member of ALEP and welcomes the opportunity to work closely with ALEP in order to continue offering its clients a specialised and professional service.

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ALEP's Anna announced as judge for two top sector awards

ALEP's Anna announced as judge for two top sector awards

ALEP's Anna announced as judge for two top sector awards

ALEP's Director and Co-Founder, Anna Bailey is proud to be on the judging panels of two of the sector's hottest awards.

Anna has been specially selected to judge News on the Block's Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards (ERMAs). Now in its tenth year, the ERMAs recognise firms and individuals in the leasehold sector that have demonstrated outstanding service over the last year.

In addition, Anna is also on the panel at the Association of Residential Management Agents (ARMA) Ace Awards. The ARMAs commend excellence and achievement by managing agents and suppliers, and the work they undertake to improve the leasehold sector.

Commenting on her judging duties, Anna said: "I am delighted to be judging two of leasehold enfranchisement's biggest awards. ALEP is always keen to collaborate with other sector organisations to fly the flag for best practice. I am looking forward to the judging process, and hearing more about some of the great work delivered by professionals in the leasehold sector."

Find out more about the ERMAs here - http://theermas.co.uk/

Find out more about ARMA's Ace Awards here - https://awards.arma.org.uk/

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April 2018

Northern Powerhouse storms ALEP's Mastermind & Mojitos annual quiz night

ALEP members enjoyed a night of Mastermind and Mojitos at ALEP's fifth annual quiz night, which raised more than £500 for charity.

Held at The Gable, Moorgate more than 90 members attended this year's competition making it our most popular quiz night to date!

 This year's champions were first time winners, the 'Northern Powerhouse' team from Anthony Gold Solicitors  and Freshlaw (part of Cubism Law) -  congratulations to you all!

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ALEP statement in response to the Law Commission's Terms of Reference announcement - 20.04.18

"The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) welcomes the Law Commission's Terms of Reference announced today, which relate to the future of residential leasehold and Commonhold.

"The Terms of Reference set out policy objectives identified by Government for the Law Commission's Thirteenth Programme of Law Reform. These include more transparency and fairness in the residential leasehold sector, and better deals for leaseholders as consumers. Commonhold is another area to be re-examined and the Law Commission will look at how to implement it as a workable alternative to leasehold – for both new and existing homes.

"The Terms of Reference highlight the intricacies of leasehold and commonhold, and it is clear that better education is needed - particularly  for those starting their careers who may need additional support in navigating the complexities of leasehold enfranchisement.

"ALEP's ethos is about promoting best practice and all members are encouraged to uphold standards within the enfranchisement sector. Coming together for regular member events throughout the year enables members to discuss topical issues – for example, Commonhold was the subject of our February Lecture.

"It is a positive step that the Government and Law Commission are progressing the reforms, and ALEP will continue to play an intrinsic role in further consultation and discussions regarding the implementation of these.

"Solutions for leasehold houses are due to be published by the Government before the end of July, with a detailed consultation on a new enfranchisement regime for leasehold houses and flats taking place in September.

 "We eagerly await updates and the final report which is due to be published in 2019."

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