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TheJournal for Residents’Management Companiessupported byARMA


Gettingabetter


Issue 10 flat-living.co.uk


deal forleaseholders With questions beinGaskedintheHouseofLordsand organisationsrepresentingleaseholdersandpropertymanagers calling fortoughnewpracticeguidelines, regulationis theonlyshowintown. In this issuewetackle the thornyquestionof regulationversus self- regulationonpages 34-36,andaskthreeleaseholdexperts fortheir views.


More than half of allflatsintheUKaremanaged byapropertycompany that


holdsARMAmembership. This gives themanaging agents’ trade body aweighty responsibility to ensure that itsmembers provideanefficient,professionalservice. At Flat Livingwebelievestatutory regulation ofmanaging agents is long overdue. However in the absence of government intervention, stronger self-regulationled by ARMAis key. Newchief executiveMichelleBankswantstosharpenARMA’s teeth andgivealoudervoice to theleasehold sector.Wefind outhowsheintends to put these plans into action on pages 38-39. One of themost complex aspects of blockmanagement,whether you are a landlord,


amanaging agent or anRMC/RTMCo director is health and safety.Withmore than 70 different pieces of legislationapplied to residentialpropertythe subjectcan be a minefield for leaseholders.One pages 59-63welook at the key aspects of health& safety, aswell as exploding somepopularmyths and on pages 46-47weoutline ARMA’s latest guidance. With spring finally in theair,wealsotakealookatbuildingmaintenance:what


to do andhowto do it.ACS takesreaders throughthe dosand don’ts of appointing a cleaning contractor andMichael Burnstalks lifts. As ever,wehope you enjoy this issue of Flat Living andfind it both interestingand


informative.Welaunch our newwebsite in April (see News, page 9)whichwehope will provide readers with a starting pointwhen they need advice or inspiration. The


newsiteispackedwithinformation onawiderange of leaseholdissuessolog on at www.flat-living.co.uk andtakealook.Wewelcomeyourfeedback.


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