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Obtain Your Lease Extension Before the Costs Increase

By Bernie Wales / 3rd February 2014 / 0 Comments

I had another really interesting question via my Telephone Consultation Service, this week and I thought it would make another useful post.  Lease extension was the subject in hand and this particular individual found themselves in a situation affecting 7 flats. Here was my response; Dear ??????, It was good to talk to you this afternoon…

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Absentee Freeholder – What Can You Do?

By Bernie Wales / 27th January 2014 / 45 Comments

As you, probably know, I offer a Telephone Consultation Service, which includes the option of a quick 15 minute chat to discuss any particular leasehold issue that you may be facing.  These 15 minute calls are a great source of questions that I can answer on my blog and, therefore, help anyone facing a similar…

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Property Showcase – Ask the Expert – Property Search TV

By Bernie Wales / 11th December 2013 / 0 Comments

Scroll down to see Bernie’s TV debut Property Showcase is a new television programme brought you from the people at Property Search TV (, who are pioneering a new way of renting, letting, buying and selling property using television and film (see below).  You can see the programme at 6:30pm on Monday evenings on Showcase…

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OFT launches study into Residential Property Management

By Bernie Wales / 4th December 2013 / 0 Comments

The Office of Fair Trading has launched a market study into Residential Property Management. You can find out more here > If you live in or own a leasehold flat, or other property managed by a managing agent, you should respond to the survey and let the OFT know your views.

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Leasehold Training Day Has Been Fantastic

By Bernie Wales / 28th October 2013 / 0 Comments

I had a great time delivering my Leasehold Advice Training Day to a room full of positive, enthusiastic people who were all ready, willing and eager to learn. Judging from the number of testimonials that were forthcoming, it would appear that they enjoyed the day as much as I did, which really does make it…

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Summary of Rights and Obligations CHANGED from 1st July 2013

By Bernie Wales / 11th July 2013 / 0 Comments

As a result of the changes to the Residential Property Tribunal Service from 1st July 2013, the Summary of Rights and Obligations which must accompany all demands for payment needs a revised wording.  For England this is written in full below, or you can view by clicking this link Bernie Wales Summary of Rights And…

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Can We Complain About the High Cost of Buildings Insurance?

By Bernie Wales / 24th May 2013 / 0 Comments

I recently had a request for advice, from a group of leaseholders who were unhappy about the buildings insurance premium their freeholder was asking them to pay. For the purposes of  this article, let us assume there is no doubt the freeholder is required to insure the building, and associated risks, and the leaseholders are required…

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Freehold to Leasehold Title Splitting – Rachel's Question

By Bernie Wales / 26th March 2013 / 0 Comments

I recently got a message from a pin Academy member about freehold to leasehold title splitting. It read as follows: Hi Bernie, I was wondering if i could ask for your advice. I am looking at a mid terraced property that has been split into 3 units by the current owner. It originally went on…

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£50,000 Wasted Through NOT Consulting – Daejan vs Benson

By Bernie Wales / 7th March 2013 / 0 Comments

I read an interesting article in News On The Block today – see here. Whilst this is an obvious disappointment for the leaseholders, who have to pay £46,000 each for major works … the Daejan vs Benson case goes to show that not complying with Section 20 consultation procedures can cost a landlord dearly. Daejan can…

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Relational or Transactional Property Management – Which is Best for You?

By Bernie Wales / 6th February 2013 / 0 Comments

I found myself in London’s bustling West End quite recently, shopping for clothes, when a man came up to me in one of the big department stores and said something unexpected.  It was so unexpected that it got me thinking about business, customers and business relationships … and in particular, property management business.  I’ve been thinking…

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