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Residents Associations are usually formed to represent the collective views of Leaseholders to the Landlord. Should issues arise with their Landlord/managing agent, Leaseholders will find strength in numbers. Here are some good guidelines for setting up a residents’ association.
What are the advantages to leaseholders?
Setting up a residents’ association can be done informally but a formally recognised Residents’ Association acquires additional legal rights. The secretary of a recognised Association is entitled to:
How does a Residents’ Association obtain formal recognition?
In one of two ways:
What criteria does the Residents Association have to meet to be granted formal recognition?
A landlord/Rent Assessment Panel usually require, as a minimum, that the group demonstrate the following:
The Residents’ Association should submit the following documents when applying for recognition:
For how long does formal recognition last?
A Rent Assessment Panel will usually grant a certificate of recognition for 4 years. Landlords granting voluntary recognition will usually have a procedure in place for continuing recognition, such as requiring the Association to submit updated documentation annually.
What should be the approach of landlords?
Leaseholders have a legal right to establish a recognised Residents’ Association. It is good practice therefore for landlords/managing agents to encourage and co-operate with Residents’ Associations. It demonstrates transparency and accountability in management, and on a practical level, eases communication with leaseholders and reduces the duplication of messages.
Pembroke Property Management works with both formal and informal Residents Associations. Often Residents Associations are a useful platform for Leaseholders who wish to exercise their collective Right to Manage the block(s) of flats. Please contact us for further information and advice.
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