Redbrick Management are experts in residential property management. We specialise in the management of private leasehold property (apartments and flats) and we pride ourselves on providing a personal service for all our residents management companies (RMC) and freeholders.
Letchworth Garden City is a unique place to live with a population of approximately 34,000. Nestled in the heart of North Hertfordshire and combining the benefits of town living with the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, Letchworth Garden City is popular with commuters and a thriving community in its own right.
The UK’s first Garden City and one of the country’s original New Towns, Letchworth is based on the ideas of Ebenezer Howard and covers approximately 5,500 acres.
Shortly after Letchworth Garden City was founded in 1903, the town played host to two experimental housing exhibitions. Cottages from those exhibitions can still be seen in the town today.
The largest landlord in Letchworth is the Heritage Foundation, which owns 181 industrial units and 125 shops as of January 2019. The Heritage Foundation also rents flats around the town centre as well as allotments and garages to residents.
The previous Management of the Garden City was First Garden City Limited (1903-1963) & Letchworth Garden City Corporation (1963-1995).
The Heritage Foundation operate a “scheme of management” and “Design Principles” which are aimed at preserving the appearance and character of the Garden City.
Covenants in the Land Registry documentation, leases or Transfers (TP1) bind property owners to the Heritage Foundation and consent is needed from them for many property alterations and building work as well as North Herts District Council (NHDC).
Letchworth has a lot of leasehold houses – this is because many of original houses in 1903 onwards were sold on either a 99 year or 999 year lease rather than a freehold basis.
Leaseholders have a legal right under the 1967 Leasehold Reform Act to buy the freehold of their house if they meet certain qualifying criteria. Alternatively, it is possible to negotiate with the freeholder informally to buy the freehold by agreement.
Under the 1967 Leasehold Reform Act an owner of a leasehold house may be entitled to an extension of 50 years. There is no premium payable for a lease extension of a house granted under the Act; however, at the start of the new 50 year lease the ground rent may increase to a modern rent. Advice should be sought on what the new ground rent may be prior to proceeding with the extension.
Buying the freehold can be a difficult process. We recommend you get professional help from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this area.
Letchworth has a number of leaseholder blocks of flats and apartments which can be found at the following locations:
1. Old Westbury School 7. Gillison Close 13. Pascal Way 19. Bittern Way 25. Spencer Way
2. Nursery Court 8. Marmet Avenue 14. Ascot Drive 20. Newells 26. Grange Court
3. Chagny Close 9. Bowyer Drive 15. High Avenue 21. Bidwell Close 27. Kristiansand Way
4. Wissen Drive 10. Principle Court 16. Jarden 22. Dunkerley Close
5. Linsell Avenue 11. Drey House 17. Birchwood Court 23. Norton Way North
6. Shollershott Hall 12. Harrington Place 18. Cromwell Road 24. Horace Gay Gardens
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