News

26th April 2017
Fixflo and Qube join forces on property maintenance platform
Fixflo and Qube join forces on property maintenance platform

Smart repair reporting software Fixflo is teaming up with Qube Global Software to allow letting agents and property managers to handle repairs more efficiently.

Qube Global Software launched its Qube Connect Partner Programme earlier this year, with the purpose of creating a network of software and service providers that will deliver better deals and improved service to customers.

Residential block managers who use the Qube Property Management product will now be able to access Fixflo software through a web app. Launched over three years ago, Fixflo is now used in more than 400,000 lettings units across the UK.

Using the service, which is available in 40 languages, tenants can report faults and issues as soon as they occur, receive instructions for handling emergency incidents and alert the relevant property manager. This brings operational efficiencies, improves asset protection by dealing with problems before they escalate and delivers enhanced customer service.

“With the Build to Rent sector set to grow rapidly over the next decade, our service will become a vital resource for property professionals keen to drive efficiency and deliver excellent customer service to tenants” claims Rajeev Nayyar, director at Fixflo.

“Tenants now expect to report a leak in their roof in the same way they report a problem with their Amazon delivery” according to Paul Manning, sales director at Qube.

About Fixflo

Fixflo is the market standard and market leading repair reporting software for the lettings industry. Fixflo’s online, picture-based system allows tenants to easily and accurately report repairs in their rented properties to their property manager. Fixflo guides tenants to accurately identify their problem, provides guided advice so they may solve small issues that are their responsibility themselves, and automatically prompts them to provide the information that will be needed by their property manager to resolve the issue.

Letting agencies and property management companies pay a monthly fee to have their own branded Fixflo website which allows them to communicate more effectively with their tenants, to enhance their service and to promote their brand. Fixflo is available to tenants in over 40 languages with repair requests being translated into English for resolution by a property manager.

Fixflo.com was launched in May 2013 and recently won the 2016 Sunday Times gold award for best supplier to the lettings industry.

Fixflo.com was founded by former property lawyer Rajeev Nayyar and former CTO of Friends Reunited Duncan Careless.

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12th April 2017
Earl Kendrick Associates and Finnegan Property Services to Join Forces
Earl Kendrick Associates and Finnegan Property Services to Join Forces

Earl Kendrick Associates (EKA) are delighted to announce they have taken over Finnegan Property Services (FPS) with effect from 6 April 2017. The FPS team will now join EKA, continuing to manage their former FPS clients to ensure continuity of service. The newly expanded EKA is now even better placed to serve the existing clients of both firms. Moreover, it now has the extra capacity needed to take on new ones.


FPS managing director Damien Finnegan approached EKA at the end of 2016, having identified them as the firm best suited to building on the success achieved by FPS so far and taking the team to the next level. Both firms have won awards in recent years, with EKA recently named Surveyor of the Year for the fourth year running at the Property Management Awards, while FPS have also been highly commended.


Damien Finnegan said: “I’m very proud of the business we’ve built at FPS over the past few years. I believe the team is now ready for a new phase, and rather than reinventing the wheel, it makes sense to join forces with a firm that is already innovating in terms of operations and support systems. Earl Kendrick have the same passion for excellent service that has always motivated FPS, and I’m confident that our clients will benefit from this joining of forces as much as our team will.”

EKA managing director Julian Davies said: “Finnegan Property Services is a fantastic business with an excellent team. There’s a definite affinity between our two firms, especially in terms of our focus on building relationships with clients and providing the best possible service at every stage. I look forward to welcoming the FPS team to Earl Kendrick, and offering the same great service to clients old and new.”

Strengthened by the addition of the FPS team, EKA will be able to build on their successes to date and continue to pursue their founding goal: not only to be the best, but to do so by putting people and their needs at the heart of the surveying business.

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3rd March 2017
Metamorph Law announces its second deal
Metamorph Law announces its second deal

Metamorph Law Limited yesterday completed its merger with SLC Solicitors (SLC).

SLC is a niche practice serving professional commercial and residential landlords and managing agents from its base in Shrewsbury. Its founder and previous sole owner, Neil Shearing, becomes a consultant to Metamorph Law.

This division of Metamorph Law will trade as ‘SLC Solicitors, part of Metamorph Law’.

Metamorph Law’s CEO, Simon Goldhill, commented: “We are delighted to have added SLC to our business.
SLC is the recognised market leader in its niche market. It adds to the mix of services we offer, bringing further depth to Metamorph Law’s property litigation, commercial and residential property transaction departments, and complements our existing presence in Shrewsbury. SLC's nationwide client base deepens our existing presence nationally into London and all major towns and cities.”

He added: “This will also give access for SLC’s existing client base, including their employees, to Metamorph Law’s private client and corporate legal service offerings. We look forward to continuing to build on the excellent relationships that Neil and his team, all of whom will be remaining with the business, have created.”

Neil Shearing, the former owner of SLC, commented: “For many years SLC’s services have adapted to our property focused clients’ requests to provide a greater depth of complimentary legal services. Through innovation and predicting market trends, and while not diluting our core services, SLC has generally been one-step ahead of others in bringing new service models nationally to the niche property, asset management and PRS sectors.”

Neil added: “This merger greatly assists the SLC brand being able to offer increased services to the niche sectors our clients operate in, to the business owners and managers within it and to all their staff.

The prospects for the brand are exciting and, knowing Metamorph’s key people well, the SLC ethos of quality service and always endeavouring to find a free-to-outsource model for clients will continue.”

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2nd March 2017
Promotion at Earl Kendrick Associates for Martin Barsley
Promotion at Earl Kendrick Associates for Martin Barsley

Earl Kendrick Associates are delighted to announce that Martin Barsley has agreed to continue at the company in the more senior capacity of Technical Associate. This promotion reflects both Martin's depth of experience and expertise, and the invaluable role he already plays in the development of the business.

In addition to using his expertise to help clients with Building Surveys, Insurance, Licences to Alter and Commercial Property matters, Martin is a wise and trusted mentor to our graduate recruits, and will continue to play an indispensable training role. We look forward to working alongside Martin for many years to come. 

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1st March 2017
Landlords take note! Is your insurance really covering everything?
Landlords take note! Is your insurance really covering everything?

Today, debt is a huge problem for one in six UK adults, and for the nation’s two million landlords, tenants who fall into debt and fail to pay their rent on time, or even at all, is one of their biggest nightmares.

According to National Statistics over 153,691 landlords, in England and Wales alone, looked to the county courts to get their property back from tenants in 2016, 35% of these court orders result in repossessions by county court bailiffs.

These numbers suggest, with over 4.3 million private rented properties in England and Wales, that for every 100 landlords, almost 4 of them will have found themselves at risk of having to wait on average 42 weeks before they get their property back.

Jonathan Daines from lettingaproperty.com, comments: “The figures are clearly very worrying and compounding this problem is the retrieval of lost rent and the time it takes to do so by landlords, who perhaps didn’t ever anticipate tenant problems and as such, don’t have sufficient insurance cover in place to protect their rental income.”

Although some insurance and landlord insurance policies include buildings and contents, liability cover, emergency assistance and legal cover, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will pay out if a tenant falls into arrears. And, with millions of pounds being lost in 2016 due to inadequate cover, landlords clearly need greater guidance on rent arrears, eviction costs and importantly how to avoid such costly mistakes.

Daines adds: “It’s well worth landlords doing their homework and checking their existing policy or switching to a new one, such as our own rent on time insurance as it can be a costly, painful and stressful mistake if a tenant suddenly falls into arrears leaving the landlord to pick up the pieces.

“For a small fee, we collect and guarantee rent payments as well as paying your rent on time every time.”

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27th February 2017
Qube and Fixflo partner to digitise property maintenance

Qube Global Software has partnered with smart repair reporting software Fixflo, enabling property managers and letting agents to better protect their assets and manage repairs more efficiently.

Qube Global Software launched its Qube Connect Partner Programme earlier this year, with the purpose of creating a network of software and service providers that will deliver better deals and improved service to customers.

Residential block managers who use the Qube PM (Property Management) product will now be able to access Fixflo software through a white labelled web app. Launched over three years ago, Fixflo is now used in more than 400,000 homes/units across the UK.

Using the service, which is available in 40 languages, tenants can report faults and issues as soon as they occur, receive instructions for handling emergency incidents and alert the relevant property manager. This brings operational efficiencies, improves asset protection by dealing with problems before they escalate and delivers enhanced customer service. 

Paul Manning, Sales Director at Qube Global Software, said: “Tenants now expect to report a leak in their roof in the same way they report a problem with their Amazon delivery. Through this new partnership, our customers can keep on top of property maintenance with the best technology at their fingertips, saving vast amounts of time and money.”

Rajeev Nayyar, Co-Founder and Director at Fixflo, said: “We’re delighted to become a Qube Connect Partner. Our app reduces one of the most high-risk and time consuming elements of property management to a simple, quick and straightforward exchange of information between tenant and manager. With the Build to Rent Sector set to grow rapidly over the next decade, our service will become a vital resource for property professionals keen to drive efficiency and deliver excellent customer service to tenants.”

To find out more about becoming a Qube Connect Partner, visit: http://www.qubeglobal.com/qube-connect/.

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22nd February 2017
Bishop & Sewell strengthens leasehold enfranchisement team with appointment of Stephen Charnock
Bishop & Sewell strengthens leasehold enfranchisement team with appointment of Stephen Charnock

Bishop & Sewell, a leading full service Central London law firm, announces the appointment of Stephen Charnock as Senior Associate Solicitor in its Landlord & Tenant team.

Stephen specialises in Leasehold Enfranchisement and has more than 20 years’ experience in this complex area of law. Stephen dealt with some of the very first claims when the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act was enacted in 1993 introducing new enfranchisement rights for leaseholders of residential flats. He is a recognised expert and has acted in a number of leading cases decided in the appellate courts and tribunals and in hundreds of cases before valuation tribunals.

As a member of Bishop & Sewell’s Landlord & Team, Stephen will continue to act for established landlords and a wide range of tenants, be they owner occupiers, investors or developers in contentious and non-contentious matters. His extensive experience in acting for landlords has given Stephen valuable insight and perspective when acting for tenants.

Stephen’s broader experience includes long residential leases, tenants’ rights of pre-emption, tenants’ right to manage, protected, secure, tied and market tenancies and estate management. He has advised landed London Estates including the Wellcome Trust’s South Kensington Estate, the Portman Estate and the Cadogan Estate.

Mark Chick, Partner, Landlord & Tenant at Bishop & Sewell commented: “I am delighted that Stephen has joined the Landlord & Tenant team and his significant experience and expertise in Leasehold Enfranchisement complements our existing team and client base.”

Stephen’s recruitment follows on the back of a busy 2016 for Bishop & Sewell with five senior hires made last year: William Twidale (Partner – Litigation, Contentious Trusts), Philip Rutter (Partner – Family), David Little (Partner – Company Commercial), Jeremy Sivyer (Senior Corporate Consultant – Company Commercial) and Stephanie Thomas (Partner – Litigation & Head of International Law).

The firm also recently promoted Levent Chetinkaya (Residential Property) and Michael Kashis (Company Commercial) to Partner and Charlotte Archer (Residential Property) and Senal Patel (Commercial Property) to Associate Solicitor.

These new hires and promotions bring Bishop & Sewell’s team of solicitors to 32, whose full service remit runs across three core areas of Property, Commercial and Private Client.

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8th February 2017
Scanlans forges partnership with Pad Residential
Scanlans forges partnership with Pad Residential

Property management and surveying firm Scanlans has taken a 50 per cent stake in Pad Residential, a sales, lettings and management agency based in Manchester city centre.

Pad, which was founded by Ian and Sue Waxman in 1998, will continue to operate as normal as part of the Scanlans group of companies.

It will immediately expand its portfolio by taking over the management and letting of all north west properties currently on Scanlans’ books.

Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Following the deal, Scanlans chairman Ian Stanistreet and Tony Mancini, a partner at the firm, join Ian and Sue as directors of Pad, which has 10 staff and is based on Bridge Street.

Fiona Trigg, who has worked for Scanlans for the past three years dealing with its management and lettings service, becomes an employee of Pad.

Ian Stanistreet said: “Pad is an established city centre firm with an excellent reputation. It has an experienced team of trusted professionals.

“This joint venture between two strong brands will enable us to pool our resources and provide clients with an enhanced level of service.

“It’s an exciting time for our businesses and we are looking forward to seeing Pad grow its client base over the coming months and years.”

He said Scanlans’ asset management business remains separate from the joint venture and is unaffected by the tie-up with Pad.

Ian Waxman said: “It is business as usual for Pad. The only difference is that Scanlans’ management and lettings business will be integrated with our own.

“Scanlans is a very good fit for us and our joint venture provides a platform from which we will be able to develop our business in the north.

“Our dual branding will enable us to expand our range of services and add more stock across the region.

“This transaction marks an exciting chapter for Pad and we look forward to it leading to increased business.”

Scanlans is a national firm with has eight partners and 70 staff across its offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London and Cardiff.

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6th February 2017
ARMA ACE Awards Celebrating Excellence
ARMA ACE Awards  Celebrating Excellence

ARMA are delighted to announce the launch of the ARMA ACE Awards! 

Why another set of awards you may ask? Well, the awards will be held in mid-summer – well away from other awards, and this is something members have been keen on for some time. The awards are open only to ARMA members, associates and affiliates, plus we also have a category for external suppliers and one for freeholders/landlords.
 
We recognise that our business is all about people and we have introduced several categories not covered by other awards, such as an award for smaller managing agents, newcomer of the year, unsung hero, corporate social responsibility, best accounts manager, and apprentice of the year.
 
The ARMA ACE Awards celebrate success and gain recognition for your business. They have been created to recognise excellence and exceptional achievements and the often unrecognised work of your teams and suppliers in improving the lives of thousands of leaseholders.
 
The Awards will open very soon and the Dinner and Ceremony will be held on Friday 7th July 2017 in the stunning surroundings of Tobacco Docks in London E1, near to the Tower of London.
 
The event will offer a fun packed evening of fine dining, exciting entertainment, including a live band, and a great networking opportunity for all to enjoy.

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2nd February 2017
Minister pledges funding to help provide greater transparency in leasehold
Minister pledges funding to help provide greater transparency in leasehold

MINISTER of State for Housing and Planning, Gavin Barwell, announced yesterday at the Leasehold Annual Conference in London that the government will be providing substantial investment to ensure a greater transparency in leasehold tenure. By offering funding to LEASE, a service that provides free support and advice to leaseholders and industry professionals, it is hoped that a more transparent, fairer and unbiased system is put in place.

At the leasehold event, held at County Hall, Mr Barwell also commended housebuilder Taylor Wimpey on its recent announcement to pledge to stop building leasehold properties moving forward and has encouraged other housebuilders to follow suite. He reminded housebuilders that they are building the homes of the future and not simply investment vehicles.

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said: “We are determined to create a housing market that works for everyone. Millions of people own leasehold homes and I am determined to stamp out unfair, unjust and unacceptable abuse of the leasehold system.

“I want to see transparency and fairness for leaseholders - and I am pleased to announce ongoing support for LEASE, who provide free, valuable advice for existing and prospective leaseholders.”

Tony Essien CEO of LEASE said: “This welcome investment shows how committed the Government is to ensuring greater transparency when it comes to buying and selling leasehold homes. By allocating sufficient funding to our resources which helps guide and educate the industry means that we can continue to offer reliable and free advice to those who need it. This will lead the way for even better working practices for everyone involved, right from the start of the homebuying process.”

Discussions at the LEASE event suggest that leasehold tenure is set to considerably increase this year as the Government aims to increase the number of new homes built in order to meet the demands of the current housing shortage in the UK. Land Registry figures show that leasehold made up 43% of all new-build registrations in England and Wales in 2015, compared with 22% in 1996. As many as 9000 new homes last year were built and sold under leasehold tenure.

Tony continues: “With an increase in leasehold properties expected, it is essential that this type of tenure becomes more widely understood. Naturally, many buyers can get so caught up in the excitement of buying their new home, and they may fail to look or understand the terms of the leasehold. England’s leasehold system is unique, so it is vitally important that buyers understand what they are purchasing so that their financial investment is protected in the future. We look forward to the outcome of the forthcoming White Paper and to help play a part in the future of leasehold tenure”

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