Welcome to the Federation of Private Residents’ Associations
We are a not-for-profit lease advice, support and lobbying organisation for private residential leaseholders, tenants’ and residents’ associations, Residential Management Companies and Flat Management Companies*.
We are the national voice of residents’ associations and are frequently consulted by government.
Our leasehold advisory services are free to members, who pay an annual subscription fee.
The FPRA is an independent organisation. It does not endorse or recommend any products, service providers or companies.
The FPRA offers a free block website to its members in association with News on the Block. The FPRA encourages leaseholders to set up residents’ associations and publishes a guide on how to do it.
The FPRA offers its members specialist legal, insurance, management, and building guidance.
The FPRA represents and understands the interests of leaseholders seeking to set up a tenants’ association, existing tenants’ associations (recognised or not) and resident management companies.
The FPRA keeps its members informed about current issues and events affecting leaseholders.
The FPRA publishes a quarterly 12 page newsletter for its members (a sample copy of the Newsletter can be purchased for £3.50 inc. p&p)
The FPRA publishes information guides and booklets, which are available to non-members.
The FPRA is a vital information resource for leaseholders, with articles, news, newsletters and article index, forms to download, and a discussion forum.
So if you … are a leaseholder in a block of flats, have problems with your freeholder, need to form a residents’ association, part-own the freehold and/ or manage your own block, the FPRA can help.
* ‘Flat Management Company’ is a Companies House term.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 0871 200 3324 (weekday mornings)
FPRA Press Releases
8 January 2014
Leaseholders left out of flood insurance.
9 November 2012
Will ‘flagship’ Green Deal work for leasehold flat owners to end fuel poverty, and create jobs and growth?
10 September 2012
Gas Safe Week: FPRA pledges its support and calls on the public to be Gas Safe.
20 August 2012
FPRA welcomes all-party support for Centre Forum’s proposals to end ‘legal torture’ of flat owners in England and Wales.
4 August 2012
A new Independent Appeals Service (IAS) starts on 1 October 2012 to adjudicate on parking disputes on private land. The FPRA hopes it will help flat owners confronted by illegal parking.
21 June 2012
Flat owner shares his experience of recovering £137,000 from landlord via the LVT.
See Office of Fair Trading press release 6.12.13
Some Good News for Leaseholders
There’s seldom much good news for leaseholders, but today the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced it is to launch a major study into the residential leasehold property management sector. The OFT is at last responding to widespread complaints about poor quality service, dodgy freeholders and rip-off fees.
See OFT press release for more details
Sir Peter Bottomley MP calls for urgent Leasehold Reform at the Annual 2013 FPRA Conference
A packed audience at the recent FPRA Annual Conference 2013 listened to a hard hitting speech by Sir Peter Bottomley MP outlining how the system is open to dreadful abuse, and how reform is long overdue. Tim Powell, London Regional Judge from the Residential Property Tribunal outlined how the new First Tier Tribunal works, and Michelle Banks from ARMA, spoke about the new self-regulatory code for its members and complaints procedure, called ARMA-Q.
If you were unable to attend, you can listen to their speeches on the links below:
Philips v Francis – permission to appeal was granted (18 Nov) for:
(1) Application to extend time;
(2) Permission to appeal; and
(3) Costs in the appeal.
The hearing of the appeal has not yet been listed.
See below for the significance of the Phillips v Frances case (to Section 20 Consultation procedures).
Living City, supported by the FPRA and News on the Block, has published its latest 2013 survey report into the leasehold sector. Posted 21/05/13
Fire Sprinkler Week 2014 was launched at the House of Commons this week . The campaign is designed to raise awareness of sprinkler systems and convey a simple message: controlling a fire as it starts is better than repairing the damage after it has spread.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is supporting this, the first National Sprinkler Week, and is encouraging landlords and housing associations to consider retro-fitting sprinklers in properties where people are most at risk of fire.
Mark Hayter, Protection Manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:
“We fully support National Sprinkler Week. The fact is that nobody has lost their life in the UK due to a fire in homes fitted with domestic sprinkler systems. Sprinklers are like the equivalent to having a firefighter ready and waiting in every room of your home.
“There are a lot of misconceptions out there regarding how sprinklers work, but the reality is that they only activate when the temperature reaches over 68 degrees centigrade and even then only activate in affected rooms. There are a number of estates and blocks of flats across the country that have had sprinklers fitted and the residents in those areas have reported feeling much safer in their homes.”
For comprehensive fire safety advice visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire
. Sprinklers operate once the temperature hits approximately 68 degrees centigrade
. The likelihood of a sprinkler operating accidentally is estimated at 16 million to one – you’ve more chance of winning the lottery!
. In domestic houses fires firefighters often use 10 times more water from hoses to do the same job as a sprinkler. This increases considerably with larger buildings or commercial premises
. Statistics show that widespread use of sprinklers could save up to 96% of the 5.6 billion litres of water used annually in the UK to fight large fires
. Losses from fires in buildings protected with sprinklers are estimated to be only one tenth of those in unprotected buildings
. More than 40 million sprinklers are fitted worldwide each year
Insulation for flats
Sustain have announced they have ECO (Energy Company Obligation) funding for cavity wall insulation for blocks of flats which can be used even above three floors.
For more information, contact Adrian Newton on:
01934 864210 Adrian.email@example.com
Supreme Court Judgement Creates Further Section 20 Uncertainty
Section 20 as we know it has taken another legal knock, this time at the Supreme Court in the case of Daejan Investments v Benson. Broadly, the Supreme Court has ruled that technical irregularities with the bureacracy of Section 20 compliance, are not grounds for leaseholders to restrict their contribution for major works to the £250 per flat limit, that was previously believed to be the case.
Leaseholders will now have to prove that improperly served Section 20 notices have caused them unreasonable extra costs, which could be difficult and expensive to do. For FPRA Chairman Bob Smytherman, judicial decisions like this will further help unscrupulous freeholders and managers ‘ to bamboozle leaseholders into extra expense’.
Section 20 Consultation Process Thrown into Chaos due to Court Ruling
Just before Christmas a High Court judge appears to have ruled that the £250 limit per flat for spending on repairs and maintenance without having to consult with leaseholders, applies to the collective year’s total. Until this ruling, it was understood that the £250 applied to a particular set of works. The impact of the judgement – PHILLIPS & GODDARD V FRANCIS is only now filtering through the leasehold community.
“Absolutely this is the most far reaching decision in years and could affect everyone who deals with management of any type of residential property in the future”, says FPRA Consultant Colin Cohen.
Full story here