How will the switch to electric vehicles affect block managers?

One of the most vital parts of the Government's net zero emissions by 2050 target is the transition to electric vehicles. No new petrol and diesel vehicles will be sold in the UK after 2030, while...

Heat pumps: Help or hindrance towards net zero?

As part of its goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the UK Government's Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides money to encourage households in England and Wales to switch from gas boilers to heat...

Decarbonising our homes: Are heat networks the way forward?

The UK Government has vowed to reach net zero by 2050, but with over 17% of the country’s carbon emissions coming from homes and offices, it’s clear that significant changes to how we heat buildings...

What the new energy price cap means for block managers

The Government has taken urgent action in a bid to tackle the ongoing national energy crisis. The £2,500 average price cap is designed to protect ordinary consumers from the rising wholesale cost of...

Have you protected your properties from power cuts this winter?

The government has ruled out the possibility of power cuts this winter as a response to the growing energy crisis in Europe. But the National Grid has suggested a possible worst-case scenario where...

Preparing for the worst: Blackouts and your occupiers

The UK government has ruled out power cuts, but the National Grid has warned that in an energy crisis worst-case scenario they may be necessary on winter evenings.

Section 20: Is it fit for purpose?

The Section 20 process for major works was first introduced into legislation as part of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. However, much has changed since then, including interest rates and the cost...

How will energy cost increases affect block managers?

The latest energy price cap increase has put pressure on professionals across the property industry. With the new Prime Minister announcing an average cap of £2,500, block managers in the UK are now...

Section 20: Sections C & D explained

Almost every block manager will have come across Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 during their career. But while many will be used to the consultation process, fewer will be familiar...

Section 20: 3 mistakes that could lead you to a tribunal

Section 20, which governs the rules around work or services to flats that leaseholders must pay towards, can be quite complex. Failure to follow the rules correctly can result in disagreements,...

Building Safety Act for RMCs - are external directors the answer?

Right-to-Manage companies (RTMs) and Resident Management Companies (RMCs) are feeling the strain of the Building Safety Act thanks to the increased liability it brings for directors. How could this...

Data protection: 7 upcoming changes property professionals need to...

The UK’s data protection laws affect all organisations that process the personal data of UK citizens — including property management businesses. In 2021, the UK Government held a public consultation...

What's stopping block managers and leaseholders from moving to...

In October 2021, the Government set the ambitious goal of net-zero man-made greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, following a recommendation from the Climate Change Committee.