Our Block Management department opened in 2012 due to demand from vendors and landlords who were looking for a higher standard of service than they could find elsewhere.
We listened to their concerns and realised that many resulted from their previous experiences of poor communication and lack of transparency. So from day one we set out to provide a service to our clients and leaseholders that offered a new standard in block management.
We understand that we are managing homes and investments that really matter to people. We also know that a ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work because each block requires an individual approach, so we tailor a bespoke strategy for each and every client.
Block Management is a specialist field and although a successful background in sales and lettings is a good start, specialisation is the real key to success. As an example of our belief in this, directors Chris Sawyer and Adam Farrell undertook thorough training to ensure they had the key skills and knowledge to set the department up and make it a success.
It’s easy to switch
If you like the sound of what we can do for you but you already have a block management agent, changing over to us is actually very easy and straightforward. In fact, once you have made the decision we do all the work for you.
Once you have served notice to your current managing agent we can arrange for all the relevant documents to be sent over to us, along with a closing statement and outstanding funds.
We offer a streamlined contract for your own block requirements. We pride ourselves on having agreements written in easy to understand language and we’re happy to talk you through and explain any aspect of them. It’s all part of our honest and transparent approach.
We will then arrange for a separate bank account to be opened for your block’s funds and all statements will be made available to your directors.
Because we use the latest block management software you can access bank statements, view your own service charges and make payments online. Maintenance issues and works can also be viewed online.
Our office is open Monday to Friday 8.45am to 6pm and we also offer 24 hour contact to a team of experienced property coordinators who can assist you with any out of hours emergencies.
New builds & conversions
We can make the transition from new build to completion as easy for you as possible. We will liaise with you throughout the building process to ensure a smooth transition takes place when our management phase commences.
By making sure that future property owners fully understand the services that are available to them on your development, as well as being clear about any service charges they will be contributing to and what they cover, we take the pressure away from you.
Right to Manage (RTM)
The Commonhold and Leasehold reform act 2002 gave leaseholders the right to form and operate resident management companies. This means that leaseholders can appoint their own managing agents to act and report to them.
To be eligible to take advantage of this Right to Manage (RTM) you must meet the following criteria:
- At least 50% of the flat owners within the physical block of flats must want to go through the process
- At least two thirds of the flat owners within the physical block must have long leases (more than 21 years at the time of issue)
- No more than 25% of the block may be used for non-residential use
We can assist you by recommending specialist solicitors who will be able to confirm if you are eligible and who will then guide you through the process. Once the RTM process has been completed we can offer you the full range of our block management services.
As well as a bespoke service for each block, our clients also benefit from:
- A team of block dedicated management specialists
- An In-house bookkeeper specialising in service charge accounts
- Annual sourcing of the best insurance premiums and cover
- Preparation and review of annual service charge budgets
- Circulation of annual accounts to the lessees after review
- Regular inspections of blocks
- Dealing with lessees enquiries
- Responding to solicitor enquiries
- Overseeing major works
- Reviewing contractor performance and value
- Full debt management and recovery service
- Health, Safety and Fire Risk assessments
- 24 hour access to view your account online
For more details on all the benefits and services our Block Management department can offer you please read through our brochure: Click Here to view and download.
Free, no obligation advice
To initially assess your requirements and understand your block management needs, Sawyer and Co. offer free no obligation advice. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you in order and inspect your building if required, being on hand to answer any specific questions. We could review your most recent accounts, a sample lease, discuss terms and conditions and future maintenance schedules.
Sawyer & Co. are determined to raise the standards of block management in our city. For further information or to discuss placing your estate with us please contact us.
If you have any enquiries regarding Block Management you can send an email to:
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