General PublicationsRead >> Electricity Disconnection Protocol
Article on procedures utility companies should follow when disconnecting supplies due to non-payment. Read >> Fire Safety in purpose-built blocks of flats
Important free guide published by the Department of Communities and Local Government. Read >> Gas Safe: Information for Landlords
Useful guide explaining legal obligations and good practice for sub-let flats. Read >> Gas Safe: Technical Bulletin for engineers dealing with concealed flues
For the technically minded, this guide could be useful for understanding the new gas regulations that require all flues to be accessible. Read >> Guide to Flat Management Companies
Published by Companies House, an excellent general guide to starting and managing a company set up to run a block of flats.
The Acts that regulate the leasehold sector are available in The National Archives with easy access links to all the sections, and a search facility to find them. Here are links to two key Acts:
Useful guide published by Neighbourhood Watch based on a Swedish model. Read >> Parking control: Parking on Private Land Appeals
Newly created POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals), set by the British Parking Association (BPA), has issued a newsletter outlining the changing parking rules from October 2012. Useful read for FPRA members with parking spaces in their block. Read >> Residential Long Leaseholders – A guide to your rights and responsibilities
Useful free guide published by the Department of Communities and Local Government. Read >> Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order 2005)
Short guide to making your premises safe from fire. Available here from the FPRA website. Read >> Risk Assessment Example
Model Risk Assessment for blocks of flats, by Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Read >> Protected Trees: A Guide to Tree Preservation Orders
Free government guide that answers some of the most common questions about tree preservation procedures. Read >> Service Charge Residential Management Code 2016, 3rd edition
The latest revised code of practise from RICS to download or view online.
Energy Efficiency and Insulation in BlocksRead >> Keeping Warm Communally
Seminal article by Dr Nick Roberts on lease issues detering the insulation of blocks. He proposes a solution. Available by kind permission of New Law Journal 25 June 2010 Read >> Reducing Carbon Emissions in Blocks
Post graduate thesis on key challenges in reducing carbon emissions in blocks, Jo Brookes, 2011
National Insulation Association leaflets on how to insulate houses (they’re working on a leaflet specifically for flats, but these house ones are still instructive).
The Association of Residential Managing Agents have a number of very useful guides for leaseholders. These include the following topics:-
- Living in Leasehold Flats
- Carrying out your own work to your block
- Noisy Neighbours
- Employing Contractors
Useful books on Leasehold and Running blocks of flats
A guide to owner occupiers and buy to let investors
Use voucher code FPRA for your special 50% FPRA discount
Service Charge Residential Management Code
The definitive guide to running a block of flats by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICs). Essential for anyone charged with managing a block.
Available from RICs, £19.95.
Being a Leaseholder: The Essential Guide to Owning a Flat
Nic Shulman (2007, Adrenaline Media, rrp £12.99)
Comprehensive guide by a leasehold careerist (Nic is a leasehold solicitor, founder and editor of News on the Block and Hon. Consultant of the FPRA).
The Flat Owners Guide
NP.J Walentowicz & Charles Robinson (2007, Shelter, rrp £13).
A wealth of information on buying, selling, managing and living in flats.
How to Manage Your Own Block of Flats: A Flat Owners Guide to Taking and Maintaining Control
J. Cumming & R. Hickie (2004, College Estate Management).
Available from RICs, £26.50
Running A Flat Management Company
Nigel G. Cox (2004, Jordans. Out of print but copies can be found on Amazon). Everthing you need to know about running a resident management company.
The Survivors Guide to Buying a Freehold
Kat Callo, Lawpack