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Residential Property Management in Letchworth Garden City

Residents Management Company

We offer property management services to properties of any size, each with their own unique requirements.

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Property Management for Developers

We work with developers before, throughout and after the building process to help them hit their strategic objectives.

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Property Management for Freeholders

We oversee the details of day-to-day property management for Freehold Landlords who may not have the time to do so themselves.

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Who are Redbrick Management?

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.

Information about Letchworth

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.

Who are the Heritage Foundation?

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).

Leasehold Houses in Letchworth

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.

  1. Informal route: It is possible for leaseholders to informally approach the freeholder to try and acquire the freehold of their house by agreement. This is simply a matter of negotiation
  2. Formal route: The Act sets out a procedure and timescales to be followed to acquire the freehold. Under this route the Tribunal can determine the price and terms of acquisition if you fail to reach an 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.

Leasehold Flats and Apartments in Letchworth

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                                                                               

Our Services

Management of contractors site visits and site inspections.

The primary function of our business is property management services. That is maintaining and enhancing the fabric, amenities and services of the developments forming our portfolio, according to client requirements, and in compliance with leasehold and other statutory provisions.

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Company year end accounts, Service Charge Accounts and Income and Expenditure accounts for clients.

Reports and communication about Service Charge that are simple and easy to understand.

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Arranging reactive and proactive maintenance and repairs on developments under our management.

The most visual aspect of property management is onsite maintenance such as cleaning, gardening, window cleaning as well as general repairs.

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Modern developments may have a range of Mechanical and Electrical and Safety Equipment installed.

Developments of all ages have a range of Mechanical and Electrical, and Safety and Monitoring Equipment installed.

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Advising on leasehold legislation and legal document such as leases and transfers.

Breaches of Lease and Transfer Covenants, can be a tedious task to resolve. Our Legal and Technical team can assist clients by providing clarification as to what can and cannot be done and advise on steps to resolve.

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Overseeing Major Works and Long Term Projects such as redecoration, upgrades and roof works.

From time to time it may be necessary for a client to undertake works over and above usual 'day-to-day' maintenance requirements, for instance perhaps in connection with periodic internal and/or external redecoration, or overhaul/replacement of lift installations.

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Arranging Insurance Cover for risks such as Block Building, Public Liability and Directors and Officers.

Ensuring clients have peace of mind that they are appropriately covered and advised in the case of unforeseen circumstances, and resultant claims are dealt with efficiently.

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Free Management Assessment

For a non- obligation Free Management Assessment of your Property, please complete the form below and submit.

What Clients Say...

Just wanted to say a big thank you to all at Red Brick Management, not only have you been first class in understanding our needs you've also been a pleasure to work with.
We Directors sat and had a meeting about the development last night and the guys are extremely happy with how Red Brick are managing the development. In particular, the lowering of service charges and quick response times which were the two issues we had with our former managing agent!
Well done that is a great result and sets a precedent for any further monies that may be due. thank you very much indeed for a great job on our behalf.
We were unimpressed with our previous management company and decided to give Red Brick a trial period with strict targets to meet - relating to response times, costings, and general maintenance of the development of 238 apartments.

We remind property owners and tenants about problems caused in leaving properties unheated in cold spells, especially empty properties.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website that features the brand new “Residents Login” facility

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When selling a flat or house where you pay Service Charge to a Management Company your solicitors will need to provide additional information and documents to the buyer’s solicitors.

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