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Description - Residential Leaseholders Handbook by Charles Ward

The Residential Leaseholders' Handbook explains in plain language everything leaseholders and their advisers need to know in relation to long residential leases. Among the common problems it tackles are absent landlords; spiraling service charges; the right to be consulted on significant or long term service charge items; how to challenge excessive charges; how to gain control from difficult or exploitive landlords and how to set up a management company. The book begins with the legal framework of a typical ground lease and its main provisions including: responsibility for repairs, insurance and management of a building, the meaning of the covenant for "quiet enjoyment" and the termination of a lease due to overdue rent. A badly worded lease can adversely affect the resale of the property. The author explains what lenders look for in a residential lease; how leaseholders can insist that their lease is amended to meet lenders' requirements and the issues relating to assignment, subletting and alteration of leasehold premises. Extensive use of real life scenarios, landmark cases and some fictitious case studies illustrate how leasehold law works in practice and enables readers to effectively assess their position. Written in non-technical language it will be a reliable source for leasehold management companies, managing agents, legal advisers, students and residential leaseholders.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780728204904
ISBN-10: 0728204908
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 202
Imprint: Estates Gazette Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Charles Ward

Qualified as a solicitor in December 1976 and has for many years specialised in property work. In 1984 he was also admitted as a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Charles has a mixed professional background spanning private practice, industry and local government. From 1984 to 1988 he worked as a conveyancing solicitor with Unilever Plc. Between 1988 and 1992 he worked as a property lawyer with Capsticks solicitors. This was followed by a series of back-to-back assignments which included Bedford Borough Council, Epping Forest District Council and Unilever. Since 1997 he has worked as a senior property and contracts lawyer with the London Borough of Sutton. He has had first hand experience in setting up and running a leaseholders' management company that assumed ownership and management of a block of flats in circumstances where there was no traceable ground landlord. He has written extensively for Estates Gazette, "Mainly for Students" as well as for other professional journals including Local Government Chronicle and Legal Executive Journal. From 1996 to 2000 Charles was also a senior examiner with the Institute of Legal Executives and still assists with this work.

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