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Spring 2011 has seen us all enjoying some unusually warm temperatures, so let’s hope that it continues. While you’re making the most of the sunshine, don’t forget that hot weather can mean problems for property. Subsidence can become an issue if your block is built on clay soil. RMCs should check their insurance policies to make sure they are covered and leaseholders should

ensure their property manager or RMC is aware of potential damage from trees and is aware of the signs to watch out for, such as doors and windows suddenly sticking and cracks appearing in brickwork.

In this issue we take a closer look at Right to Manage on P45-48 and insurance issues on P33-36. For anyone thinking of taking on a professional cleaning company there are also some tips for finding the right contractor for your block on page 38. The lifestyle feature on P23 -24 of this issue gives you some easy ideas for creating more space in your flat. Please continue to send us your “flash pads” and features. These articles are proving very popular with readers. Our Health & Safety and Fire Risk Assessment Guides are currently on special offer at £88.00 including VAT for both (normal price £98.00) – advert is on page 20. In the case of a claim being made against you, being able to provide proof of what you have carried out is key, so make sure you document your checks. Call 0845 257 6374 or order direct from our website at You can purchase via the shop or press the button, complete the form and pay by cheque. We also have many new advertisers in our website Directory (at including specialists in working with blocks of flats and apartments from all trades. Please mention when you call, that you found them via Flat Living. Finally, don’t forget there is an offer to subscribe to Flat Living magazine for only £10. Just fill in the reverse of your delivery note to ensure you receive Flat Living each quarter. Alternatively you can subscribe online at or by emailing We hope you enjoy this issue – please continue to send in your stories, questions and queries to the usual address or email us at

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