In many cases, as a result of a right created by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (the Act), flat owners in a block of flats can take control of the management of their block. They can do this if they form a majority group and exercise the Right to Manage (RTM) under the Act.
Taking this step can provide an effective solution to concerns over high service charges, insurance costs or poor management of the building/estate.
However RTM is not available in every case. There is a statutory process which must be followed correctly, and we have experience in having made several successful RTM claims on behalf of groups of flat owners. We can also advise whether RTM is right for you.
“I would like to thank you for your expertise and speed [in the recent matter].” HT, November 2018
Right to Manage (RTM) Solicitors
Exercising the Right to Manage is a technical procedure with traps for the unwary. By choosing BLB to guide you through this process, you will:
- use experienced lawyers who will ensure you avoid the pitfalls;
- maximise your chances of your claim being concluded swiftly;
- be kept informed throughout the process.
What will it cost?
No RTM claim is the same because buildings/blocks of flats vary greatly. You may be acquiring the Right to Manage the building alone, or there may be external grounds you want to include – or exclude. It is not possible to predict how your landlord/freeholder will approach the claim, which can affect the amount of work involved and therefore your costs.
However, through our transparent pricing policy, as soon as we are aware of what you are seeking to achieve, we will advise you what the likely costs will be, together with costs projections should there be any unforeseen complications.
You should always bear in mind that in addition to your own costs, the Act provides that your landlord is entitled to be paid certain costs of responding to the process and we will guide you through this at an early stage.
“Thank you Mike and Chelsey for your diligence and ready accessibility; we really appreciated that.” MA, August 2018