Q: We would greatly appreciate it if you could advise us on a couple of matters. In the main, the water stopcocks for the flats in our block are located in secure cupboards in the communal area on each landing. This is where the water risers are situated but these cupboards can only be accessed […]
Every year the The Federation of Private Residents’ Associations panel of experts answer over 300 questions from members on all aspects of living in and running a block of flats. Here we publish those we think will be of interest and use to the wider membership.
The Q & A’s here may be historic and not necessarily reflect the latest changes in legislation or circumstances, you should always only use these as a guide but seek specific advice where required for your own circumstances.
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- Buying your freehold
- CCTV and door entry systems
- Fire safety
- Freeholder problems
- Health & Safety
- LVT / FTT
- Managing Agents
- Repairs & Maintenance
- Resident Management Companies
- Residents’ Associations
- Right To Manage (RTM)
- Section 20
- Service Charge
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Q: Please would you advise us in our response to the questions asked by the solicitor for a buyer of one of our the apartments on our estate. We are an enfranchised estate with all leaseholders having a 22nd share in the company (22 apartments in all) and all pay an equal share of the […]
Q: Does the request to inspect the minute book, allow a member to see all the minutes from the inaugural meeting establishing the Association in early 2014, to the last set of signed minutes? Can we ask him to specify which set of minutes or range of dates he wishes to view? Can we inform him he can only […]
Q: One of our apartments is in the process of being sold. The purchaser’s Solicitor has asked us to provide a Fire Risk Assessment and ask the sellers solicitor to advise us of a our legal obligation to obtain such a certificate. Some years ago we arranged with our local Fire Service for an Officer […]
Q: Can you provide any guidance around Fire Risk Assessments? A buyer’s solicitor has recently written to us: “Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement for any property with common areas, rather than an insurer’s requirement.” Does this sound correct? Is there a particular format that this should be in? FPRA Chairman Bob Smytherman […]
Q: Lease Variation Now that we have reached the 80 year threshold in the unexpired term of the leases, we are being asked by leaseholders (or their solicitors) about an extension to the term when carrying out a sale or re-mortgage. Our normal response to this is that because of the ‘Share of Freehold’, the […]