Welcome to Leasehold Life created by Sharon Crossland AIRPM, leasehold manager and an Associate member of the National Landlord Association (NLA). With a combined total of 13 years personal experience of the two sectors, Leasehold Life also contains specialist contributions by top industry professionals. Summarised leasehold case law is currently provided on a quarterly basis by Solicitor David Whitney of Painsmith Solicitors.

Mark Chick is a property expert, specialist leasehold solicitor and a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP. He is also a Director of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) lecturing on leasehold issues and appearing on national television commenting on leasehold matters. The leasehold info and the Leasehold Reform News websites are also written by Mark.

In this exclusive written for Leasehold Life, Mark addresses a lot of ‘consumer concerns’ arising when people want to buy a short lease flat and then need to serve notice.

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Katie Cohen, a former Partner at JPC Law is now a Partner at Child & Child. She has contributed to News on the Block, run a webinar for LexisNexis on the area of enfranchisement, written articles for Property Law Forum and Flat-Living and been interviewed for City AM. She has experience in acting for both landlords and tenants as well as being a full member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

This time Katie explains what having a ‘share of the freehold’ means.

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Chris Alexander is a property litigation solicitor at SA Law LLP who advises landlords, tenants and managing agents on all aspects of residential landlord and tenant law. This advice includes service charge disputes, disrepair claims, forfeiture, lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, right of first refusal and the appointment of managers. Chris also writes the Leasehold Lawyer Blog giving commentary on issues in the world of residential landlord and tenant law.

‘Are these service charges mine?’ is an age old question that comes up regularly in the months after a leasehold purchase, when managing agents/landlord’s chase arrears, complete the annual service charge accounts and issue deficit invoices.

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