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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Practical business advice and leasehold enfranchisement best practice takes centre stage at upcoming ALEP conference
The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) is hosting its annual conference on Tuesday 9 October 2018.Read full article
Harold Benjamin is delighted to announce that Mina Kakkad and Huseyin Huseyin are to join the firm’s soon to be 19 strong partnership as at 1 June 2018. Both will be based between the firm’s offices in Harrow and the West End.
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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.Read full article
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/Read full article
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!Read full article
"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."Read full article
Hours before the Law Commission published a Call for Evidence on the subject of
Commonhold Law, over 150 professionals from the leasehold enfranchisement sector
debated the issue at a lecture held by the Association of Leasehold
Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) in central London.
Following the ALEP Commonhold Lecture last week, and as part of our ongoing consultation with the Law Commission, ALEP has been asked to support its Call for Evidence with regards to Commonhold.
We have been asked by Professor Nick Hopkins, Law Commissioner, to request participation by our members.Read full article
A response from ALEP - written by Mark Chick, ALEP Director and Partner, Bishop & Sewell LLP
The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has been eagerly awaiting the outcome in the Appeal of the so-called ‘Mundy’ case, (Mundy v. the Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate).
The Court of Appeal has today dismissed the appeal made by tenants in this case. The applicants were seeking to argue for a radically different way of calculating relativity, following on from their unsuccessful attempt to encourage the Upper Tribunal to do so in the original decision of that tribunal.