Legal Solutions for Block Management
Property management law is our speciality. When it comes to the crunch, you want the experts on your side. Whatever the tenure and whether it's residential, mixed-use or commercial - if you manage it, we can help. It's all under one roof.
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.
We act for many large landlord clients in advising on their rights and remedies when faced with issues of fire safety – particularly where matters attract a high degree of urgency.
Through our expertise in regularly representing landlords and management companies, we can advise on applications to the Tribunal system to determine the reasonableness and payability of fire safety works, including any necessary dispensation applications.
With an extensive pedigree in providing legal advice on all aspects of the requirements of Section 20, we are well placed to assist landlords and managing agents contemplating a programme of major works.
We can also advise on those matters where an application for dispensation of the requirements may be necessary or where the recovery of service charges comprises Section 20 monies.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes you need to ring the changes. When you think of JB Leitch, we know you think of residential property. But did you know that all of the services we provide are also available for your commercial property portfolio? Whether it's part of a mixed-use development or stand alone, we can help with arrears, other breaches or lessee disputes.
We offer a fixed fee service to review any First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“FTT”) decisions and assist you with making an informed decision on whether to appeal the decision to the Upper Tribunal. We have a vast amount of experience of the appellate system and have numerous reported appeal case decisions.
We provide an unrivalled and complete service in dealing with assignments and other dispositions with a thorough review of relevant documentation to ensure that the pertinant provisions within a lease have been complied with.
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.
With the growth of the build to rent sector, many developers and 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.
We eat, sleep and breathe property management law.
After using JB Leitch for a number of years, we have personally found them to be very professional and reliable. Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward use JB Leitch on a large number of blocks and have recovered an outstanding amount of service charge arrears, in a particular case recovering over £12,000 from one owner. The staff that works at JB Leitch is very efficient and confident in their roles and is always happy to help.Carl Warland, Estate Management Director Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
We have been using JB Leitch Solicitors for two years now in relation to debt collection for outstanding ground rents . It was definitely one of the best decisions we have made and has enabled Forte Freehold Management to operate even more efficiently.Diane Fletcher, Managing Director Forte Freehold Management
JBL has provided a consistently high level of service for both ground rent and service charge recoveries over a number of years. We have built a fantastic working relationship with Jonathan and his team and find that their communication and reporting capabilities really sets them apart.Gerry Currell, Associate Director Freehold Managers