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HANDOVER NEWS: Wentworth House

 

The newest Ipswich property to come under our management is Wentworth House on the B1075, Burrell Road. Still under completion (as of Mar 2019), this property consists of 14 flats and sits across the road from Ipswich train station.

The building has a green roof and is a converted schoolhouse.
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(20 March 2019 )

HANDOVER NEWS: Block Management UK Ltd takes on 186-property Surrey estate


We’re very pleased to announce our management of a new estate in Surrey; Carshalton Beeches. The estate, located in the London Borough of Sutton, is a mix of 186 properties comprising houses, flats and a single retail unit.
 
Block Management UK Ltd were approached by the residents’ management company who were not satisfied with the service they were receiving from their current managing agent and were looking for an alternative to replace them swiftly.
 
The RMC Directors sent out a request for proposals from a number of other managing agents.
 
All our RMC enquiries receive a tender pack from us. This pack includes specially written pdf documents detailing our services, together with several appendices that clearly show sample budgets and statements from similar properties plus relevant case studies and testimonials. Finally, we provide a separate, detailed proposed fee structure.
 
Our proposal was returned to the Directors of Carshalt..
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(13 March 2019 )

Helping the homeless in Ipswich and Suffolk


Block Management UK Ltd is well known for managing a wide range of properties across Ipswich and Suffolk.


And whilst our day to day business involves dealing with property owners, residents and the managing of homes, BM’s Managing Director, David Collinson has also been donating his time towards helping those who don’t have access to a home: the homeless.

David is a volunteer on the board of Emmaus (pronounced 'ee-may-us) – a charity that helps the homeless through the creation of communities that offer companionship and support.

David has used Block Management UK Ltd’s resources to fit out the charity’s recent popup shop in the Sailmakers Shopping Centre in central Ipswich in 2017 (pictured).

Emmaus communities offer a home for as long as someone needs it. Emmaus companions get a room of their own, food, clothing and a small weekly allowance. In return, co..
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(07 March 2019 )

Housebuilders Deserve Better Managing Agents


With or without a New Home Ombudsman, customer expectations will continue to grow


January saw the release of the new Government publication Strengthening Consumer Redress in the Housing Market.  We’ve read it and it makes for interesting reading for us and our property developer clients.

The report included several market research questions asked of consumers about their experiences with buying houses. Of interest to us, as property managing agents, were three questions put to respondents:

Have you ever made a complaint relating to the renting, selling or purchasing of your property, or relating to the management or maintenance of a property in which you are a renter or leaseholder?

46% of respondents said 'Yes’ and a further 34% said they 'did not know how to make a complaint’ (suggesting that a proportion would have done so).

The next question was; If you have complained about the renting, management, selling or purchasing ..
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(04 March 2019 )

Inheriting a Freehold Portfolio


The rights and responsibilities of being a freeholder (or landlord) are many and can be overwhelming.


This is especially true if you have inherited a portfolio of properties and have little experience or knowledge in this area.

If you own the freehold to several properties you may find it increasingly difficult to balance your 'regular' life with the administration, legal paperwork and communications required as a landlord. There are repairs and maintenance to be organised, management reports to deliver, plus the calculation of reasonable service charges and their collection. However, you can achieve economies of scale and drastically reduce your workload by engaging a property manager like Block Management UK Ltd.

Our advice, in the meantime, for new freeholders is that you would do well to start your new role with these three key tasks:

  •     Acquai..
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(28 February 2019 )

Office Accounts Manager Jan celebrates 10 years at Block Management UK


We're celebrating another milestone anniversary for one of our longest-serving members of staff.


Jan Rudder is our office accounts manager and this month celebrates 10 years at Block Management UK.

During Jan's tenure with us, she has seen staff numbers more than double and has moved with our head office twice as we sought larger premises to take on the increased staff.  A large part of our success is down to hard-working long time staff like Jan and we appreciate the hard work she has put in.

Jan's responsibilities centre around managing the company accounts. This includes the payment of contractors on behalf of our RMC clients for the works completed on their properties.

Before joining Block Management UK, Jan had worked for a technology company that designed weather monitoring systems for airports emergency response, power stations and more.<..
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(26 February 2019 )

One-year anniversary for Systems Analyst trainee


We're celebrating the one-year anniversary of our IT Department’s youngest member.


Jake joined Block Management UK Ltd straight out of Suffolk New College in Ipswich where he studied IT. He is now based at our new Sudbury base. Working alongside IT Manager Craig Phillips, Jake supplies IT support, website management and coding requirements. He is also hands-on with our bespoke CRM system.
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(22 February 2019 )

Think twice before selling your freehold


Are you a freeholder who's ready to offload your property portfolio? Or do you just need some help bringing this long-term asset back on track?


Managing one or two properties can be hard enough let alone a portfolio. Regulations and legislation will always bring tighter controls and perhaps a reduction in income. And the administration can be overwhelming.

Block Management UK Ltd has years of experience managing a wide cross-section of freehold properties across the country. From large, purpose-built modern blocks to Grade II listed flat conversions. When it comes to turning around the fortunes of your freehold portfolio, there may be no easy answers. But we recommend that you should start with a focus on three key areas:

Audit of needs


If you or your current property manager have let your portfolio get out of hand, then the first step is a thorough ..
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(14 February 2019 )

Our latest property adminstrator celebrates her first year at Block Management UK


Congratulations to Abigail who celebrates her one-year anniversary at Block Management UK this week.

Abigail is a member of our property administration team (PAD). Our property administrators are there to support the property managers and help clients resolve their issues as quickly as possible. They go a long way to answering questions from our clients and Abigail is well known to many of our clients. Her extensive previous experience in customer service means that she’s a confident presence on the phone and is always keen to help.

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(14 February 2019 )

HANDOVER NEWS: Spectrum Building, Chadwell Heath


Block Management UK Ltd have taken over the management the Spectrum Building in Chadwell Heath.


This has increased our presence across East London. We have recently taken on the management of the nearby Barking complex in the London Borough of Dagenham and Barking.

The Spectrum Building has extremely good views north and south and began life as the offices of the Dupont company when it was built in 1974. The property was converted to accommodate 60 individual residential apartments with a communal roof terrace affording panoramic views towards the city and surrounding areas. It has eight storeys with one passenger lift, a combination of residential units and two commercial units (a gym and a nursery). There are 55 car parking spaces.

One of the more pressing initial issues that Block Management UK is addressing is the confusion over remaining funds. In addition, a long list of works not being carried out have l..
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(12 February 2019 )
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