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.
Where a landlord fails to serve a valid service charge demand, can a tenant use this as a defence in refusing to pay? The Upper Tribunal reviews a decision by the First-tier Tribunal, focusing on interpretation of lease provisions as to whether legal costs were recoverable by a landlord under service charge.
The Upper Tribunal considered an appeal from the FTT relating to calculation of service charges in respect of a multi-building development. Issues discussed included procedural fairness and estoppel by convention, assessing whether or not the tenant was estopped from arguing against the service charges by virtue of its previous absence of objection.
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Whilst I would expect nothing less than excellent recovery rates and the ability to deal with complex legal matters from any legal advisor, I particularly appreciate the integrated approach of JB Leitch.Tabitha Sandles, Chief Operations Officer Estates & Management
We receive an excellent level of service from JB Leitch with outstanding collection rates and turnaround times. I believe these are further enhanced by their relationship with many of our freeholder clients which greatly facilitates communication between all parties and ensures a consistency of approach for leaseholders.Ian Smallman, Partner - Property Management SDL Bigwood
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
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.