Sprinklers, landlords and the National Landlords Association

Sprinklers and landlords

Often when the retro fitting of water sprinklers is discussed the topic is referred to in terms of tenants (which are council tenants) and leaseholders (though usually the reference is with regards to resident leaseholders). Though less frequently is the topic moved onto away leaseholders.

By the numbers

The away leaseholders represent a large percentage of the number of impacted properties. From Paper 17-269 it states ‘Wandsworth Council has 99 blocks of ten storeys or more containing 6,401 residential flats and maisonettes – 4,043 tenanted, 1,315 resident leaseholders and 1,043 away leaseholders’.

Source – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s52192/Update%20on%20fire%20safety%20arrangements%20in%20Wandsworth%20Councils%20housing%20stock.pdf

That means that 16% of the total amount of 6,401 are away leaseholders, and they represent 44% of the 2,358 total amount of impacted leasehold properties. Many of these away leaseholders will likely rent out the property though some may have it as a second home.

Who is the National Landlords Association (NLA)?

A landlord may be a member of the NLA. If they are, it might be an idea if they could lobby the NLA to be involved in the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTPT). One away leaseholder is currently attempting this and the more that join in on the lobbying might be beneficial is taking this option forward.

Link to the NLA website – https://landlords.org.uk/

The Wandsworth representative is Karen Gregory and her details can be found at the following link – https://landlords.org.uk/in-my-area/london

Problem accessing away leaseholders?

Some of the feedback heard is that tenants of away leaseholders in many cases have not been helpful as they do not wish to be involved, or they do not want to give the details of their landlord or estate agent (maybe they think they are to be reported for something?).

What might be suggested to tenants and estate agents to aid assistance in contacting away leaseholders?

The October Homelife magazine provides good material which can be used in discussions with the tenants and estate agents. If they are aware that it is now likely that they may have to be home for two days whilst the installation is completed and then home one day a year for the annual inspection this might encourage the tenant and the estate agent to inform the away leaseholder.

Link to thoughts and comments about the October Homelife magazine – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/homelife-wandsworth-councils-housing-newsletter-october-2018/

Bear in mind

Away leaseholders would likely only be seeing the generic letters received from the Council with regards to the proposed retro fitting of water sprinklers and not the detail of what is involved. For instance, if based overseas they may not have seen the October Homelife magazine.

As a minimum, away leaseholders might be needed for assistance with raising funds for legal representation at the FTPT.

Caveats

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