We specialise in acting for both landlords and tenants in relation to the appointment of a manager under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
It is becoming increasingly common for leaseholders unhappy with the management of their block to appoint a manager via the First-tier Tribunal (“the FTT”), provided the statutory criteria are met. The appointment of a manager will often be an option where the building does not qualify or there is insufficient interest by the leaseholders to proceed with the right to manage.
Section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (the Act) enables long leaseholders to make an application to the FTT to appoint a new manager, replacing the landlord or landlord’s managing agent.
Unlike the right to manage, this is a fault-based application so there is a requirement to serve notice upon the landlord prior to issuing the application at the FTT and to establish poor/unsatisfactory management.
An application to appoint a new manager can be made in respect of a building where there are two or more flats. A single leaseholder or group of leaseholders acting together can make the application. The FTT will consider a number of criteria before making an order appointing a new manager. The order can set out details including who the appointed manager is, the level of remuneration for the new manager, and the status of the new manager including their rights and obligations to carry out proper services.
We are experienced in acting for both landlords and tenants in relation to such applications. We can provide advice to tenants seeking to make such an application, or landlords seeking to respond to or defend an application.
It is important to seek legal advice to understand the procedure, costs, and suitability of this method before pursuing or defending an application to appoint a manager.
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- Acting for both landlords and tenants in relation to applications under section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 to appoint a new manager of a property.
- Advising landlords and tenants in relation to the grounds which have to be satisfied for the First Tier Tribunal to appoint a manager.
- Advising tenants in relation to choosing a manager to appoint.
- Preparing the preliminary notice to the landlord of the leaseholder(s) intention to apply for the appointment of a manager.
- Acting for both landlords and tenants in the First Tier Tribunal in relation to applications under section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 to appoint a new manager of a property.
- Advising tenants if the appointed manager also performs badly.