Legal Solutions for Block Management
JB Leitch is a highly specialised law firm providing expert legal solutions to property management clients throughout England and Wales.
Ground rent arrears can no longer be regarded as an afterthought to service charge recovery and the ability to manage large volumes with accurate and detailed financial reporting is a key requirement for ground rent managers when appointing a solicitor.
At JB Leitch, we act for many of the largest ground rent management companies in the UK, specialising in customised ground rent collection services on both criteria and non-criteria ground rent debts.
Excellent property management relies on sufficient funds being available to the managing agent to carry out maintenance or provide key services to leaseholders.
At JB Leitch, we have many years’ experience in service charge arrears recovery on both residential and commercial premises. From receipt of instructions through to final remittance, our turnaround times are impressive. In the vast majority of cases, all costs are recovered from the defaulting lessee and we also fund court fees on your behalf pending recovery.
Whilst the most common breaches relate to the non-payment of rent, service charges or other sums due, there are other possible breaches of a lease.
We manage cases efficiently to ensure the landlord’s position is protected. In many instances, we are able to obtain damages and compensation on their behalf.
If a leaseholder is in breach of the terms of their lease, we can pursue forfeiture action on your behalf for both criteria debt and non-debt breaches on either residential or commercial premises.
Given the extra protection afforded to residential leaseholders under the law, it is essential that legal advice takes account of the additional requirements in any residential forfeiture proceedings.
Only a small proportion of cases become fully defended or are highly technical but, where this occurs, we deliver expert advice and representation at Court, the First Tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal.
JB Leitch acts for both landlords and leaseholders on lease matters, providing expert advice tailored to each individual case whether the situation is voluntary or statutory.
As experienced right to manage and collective enfranchisement solicitors, we have detailed knowledge of the law in this area and how it is applied.
Many developers and/or landlords will have both traditional leasehold and PRS properties in their portfolio. Therefore it makes sense to use a legal firm that can deal with both types of property – both from a collections and reporting angle.
JB Leitch acted for many, many years for buy-to-let landlords large and small and, whilst we no longer offer these services to individual landlords, we are very pleased to bring this experience to the PRS market.
Our specialist team can deliver tailored CPD accredited training to property managers or finance teams. Training can take place in our training suite or at the client's premises.
We can also undertake bespoke special projects, such as complex lease reviews or large scale portfolio title reports, for both freeholders and managing agents.
The appellant tenants held a lease of a flat, one of 33 on an estate where units varied in floor area. The tenants, under the terms of their lease, were required to pay ‘a fair and proper proportion…of the Service Charge’.
The landlord had historically calculated the service charge and apportioned it evenly amongst the 33 units, regardless of their size. The tenants brought the action to the First-tier Tribunal, arguing that an even apportionment could not be considered a ‘fair and proper proportion’. They suggested that contributions could be calculated either on floor area, or split both by floor area and allocated to different sections of the estate.
The management company served notice on the tenants, setting out the reasons for the proposed works. Details of three estimates were delivered to tenants, with no observations or comments made on these. Later, the management company served notice on the tenants to advise that one of the contractors had been appointed, together with the £10,200 demand.
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The Real Estate team at JB Leitch provides us with an excellent enfranchisement and lease extension service. Their expert team acts upon both voluntary and statutory cases and the bespoke management information they provide keeps us updated on progression and financial data of all our cases.Emma Power, Associate Director Freehold Managers
Eddisons Residential use JB Leitch as part of our service charge and ground rent debt collection process. We find that they take a pro-active approach to achieve results in the shortest timescales.Sarah Flint, Director Eddisons
With a very responsive and highly professional service, JB Leitch know how to get results and deal particularly effectively with debts under £350. We see them as very much part of our team.Chris Beamish, Head of Estates E & J Estates
We understand that strong business intelligence is critical to every client. We put reporting capabilities at the forefront of our practice, investing in process-empowering technology which provides clients with vital real-time information.
Our ability to provide detailed financial and performance data is second to none and our integrated IT infrastructure delivers efficiencies and strategic benefits to both ourselves and our clients.
Full costs are recovered on virtually all undisputed legal claims. Provided the lease allows, all straightforward ground rent, service charge and insurance arrears cases are recovered from the defaulting lessee. Disbursements are funded pending recovery.
For any other type of legal representation we have a number of fee arrangements, including fixed fees for our Real Estate team’s services.