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Right to Manage Qualification

Why exercise the RTM?

The Commonhold and Leasehold Refrom Act 2002 provides a right for leaseholders to effectively dismiss unsatisfactory property managers. You do NOT need to show mismanagement by the landlord or current managing agent, but leaseholders usually exercise their Right to Manage because;
– The landlord, or the managing agent chosen by the landlord, is providing a poor service, and/or
– Service charges are too expensive and it’s unclear where the money goes, or
– There is poor maintenance and upkeep of the common areas.


In order to qualify for the Right-to-Manage (RTM), certain conditions must be met:

  • RTM is available to leaseholders of flats, but not to leaseholders of houses.
  • At least two-thirds of the flats must be let to ‘qualifying tenants’ i.e. leaseholders whose leases were originally granted for an original term of more than 21 years
  • Any commercial part of the block must not exceed 25% of the total floor area
  • The block must be a self-contained building, or be part of a building which part is capable of independent development
  • A RTM company must be properly set up and the members of the RTM company must comprise a sufficient number of ‘qualifying tenants’. The required minimum number of qualifying tenants must be equal to at least half the total number of flats in the building.
  • In an estate of blocks, each individual block must meet the criteria set out above and issue separate RTM notices.

RTM does not apply where the building falls within the Resident Landlord Exemption. This applies where the builidng is not purpose built, and it comprises of not more than 4 flats, and one of the flats has been occupied by the freeholder or an adult member of their family as their only/principal home for the past 12 months.

Contact us and we will evaluate your property and let you know if you qualify.


“Thank you for helping us gain the Right to Manage in order for us to appoint our own agent. You explained the process clearly and we were surprised to find that we had very little to do. We were really pleased that the Landlord’s agent is not continuing with their proposed major works plans. Instead, you have negotiated with the Landlord for us to take control of planning and organising these works with our new agent”. Andy Cordrey