Right to Manage (RTM)

The Commonhold and Leasehold reform Act 2002 enables leasehold tenants to remove the company which manages their block and replace it. Cheatle & Co are able to assist you with the often difficult process of carrying this out as quickly and efficiently as possible. L us help you get control and management your building.

Qualifying leaseholders can use the Right to Manage for any reason, it’s not a requirement that leaseholders’ need to prove the building has been badly managed.

The Right to Manage will allow leaseholders to take over responsibility for things like:

– collecting and managing the service charge
– upkeep of communal areas (eg communal hallways and stairs)
– upkeep of the structure of the building (eg the roof)
– dealing with complaints about the building from other leaseholders

If you live in a block of flats and do not have a say in who runs that block then you may benefit from the Right to Manage process. The right to manage is available to all flat owners, in all blocks, where they fulfill the below criteria:

– a minimum of 50% of the flat owners within the block of flats must want to proceed with the process.
– at least two thirds of the flat owners within the block must have long leases (more than 21 years at the time of issue).
– no more than 25% of the block may be used for non-residential use (excludes car parks and common areas connected with the flats).

If your block fulfills these criteria then it is probable that you will be able to go through the Right To Manage process with success. There are a small number of legalities that can prevent some applications being eligible so you should discuss with our experienced team before deciding whether to progress your claim.
If you find that you are not eligible for the process, we may be able to help by offering to assess the issue you have for a fixed fee and then in come cases, it may be possible to make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

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