If you have a lettings business or are a private or social landlord and use Assured Shorthold Tenancies [AST’s] to govern your lettings then are you aware that in many cases it is mandatory for the Court to grant an order for possession of the property?
If this is the first time a particular site/block has been referred to solicitors you will need to send a copy of the Lease. If you do not have a copy of this, it can be obtained from the Land Registry for a small cost.
It can be confusing, once you have referred matters to solicitors, to understand what the necessary steps are in the court process. In order to assist we have prepared an easy to follow flow chart which sets on those steps in logical order.
As part and parcel of effective debt recovery, this guide covers the situation when leaseholders are not paying and the steps you need to address if you need to take the matter further. These pre-action protocols are intended as ‘good practice’ by the courts and the courts are keen that they are used and that they are shown to be used.
Often when long leases are transferred or sold there are unpaid service charge arrears relating to periods before the actual sale date. Who should the Managing Agents claim payment from? The Seller [outgoing leaseholder] or the Buyer [new leaseholder]?
We have put together a number of points to note when you are invoicing service charges. As you will be aware problems can arise due to issues on the invoice which, if avoided, can make the collection process smoother and quicker.
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