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  • Strategies for Preventing Loss and Damage in Listed Buildings

    Strategies for Preventing Loss and Damage in Listed Buildings

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block provides practical strategies for property owners and managers to safeguard their historic properties. Owning or managing a listed building involves not only the joy of preserving a piece of history but also the challenge of preventing loss and damage. These special, protected buildings can bring their owners and the…


  • Cultivating a Sense of Community

    Cultivating a Sense of Community

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block looks at what block managers can do to maintain a sense of community in their buildings; tackling loneliness and mental health issues among residents in the process. Communication and community are at the forefront of the fight against mental health issues among block residents. Feeling isolated despite living wall-to-wall…


  • Leasehold Reforms: What Longer Extensions Mean for Leaseholders

    Leasehold Reforms: What Longer Extensions Mean for Leaseholders

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block, explains the changes that have happened around the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill. With the Government’s Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill making its way through parliament, there are many changes on the horizon. The Bill is set to shake up the leasehold sector, affecting everything from the transparency of service charges…


  • A Guide to Maintaining Outdoor Spaces in Blocks of Flats and Apartments

    A Guide to Maintaining Outdoor Spaces in Blocks of Flats and Apartments

    Darren Bagnall, from Manage Your Block, looks at the importance of outdoor spaces, from planning through to annual maintenance. Living in a block of flats or apartments often means shared spaces and communal areas. One aspect that is commonly overlooked but plays a significant role in enhancing the overall living experience is the outdoor space.…


  • Apartment Management at Your Fingertips

    Apartment Management at Your Fingertips

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block looks at how property technology is improving the block management process. Property management companies have been embracing property technology for some time now. Utilising specially designed software to maximise productivity, simplify processes and boost efficiency will not only make working lives easier, but it will no doubt boost the…


  • Understanding FCA Guidelines: What Insurance Documents Need to Be Disclosed

    Understanding FCA Guidelines: What Insurance Documents Need to Be Disclosed

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block discusses the FCA Guidelines and looks at what documents need to be disclosed. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released the Policy Statement and Final Rules on the 29th of September 2023 following review of multi-occupancy insurance with changes made effective from the 31st of December 2023.   In the world…


  • Tips on Budgeting for Maintenance and Repairs

    Tips on Budgeting for Maintenance and Repairs

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block provides an insight into the need for budgets when planning repairs and maintenance. Maintenance and repair budgeting plays a crucial role in property management, guaranteeing well-maintained properties, satisfied residents, and minimized unexpected expenses. Here, we offer advice on how to plan your budget effectively for the year ahead. Nevertheless,…


  • Communication Breakdowns: Improving Information Flow Between Owners and Management

    Communication Breakdowns: Improving Information Flow Between Owners and Management

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block discusses the problems caused by a lack of transparent communication between leaseholders and property management. Taking care of a block of flats means taking care of more than just the bricks and mortar. Property Managers’ soft skills are also put to the test, with multiple leaseholders to manage and…


  • Major Works and Service Charges

    Major Works and Service Charges

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block, provides an insight into major works and the process involved. An element of living in a block of flats involves being involved with and often living with major works. Collection of fees, in accordance with the properties Lease are essential for upholding the quality of the building, its amenities,…


  • A Guide to Freehold

    A Guide to Freehold

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block provides an insight into freehold. In the world of property ownership, two commonly mentioned terms are Freehold and Leasehold. While Leasehold is a concept familiar to many, it is equally important to grasp the concept of Freehold ownership. In this guide, we will delve into all things freehold, covering…


  • The Role of Technology in Improving Service: Innovations by Manage Your Block

    The Role of Technology in Improving Service: Innovations by Manage Your Block

    Darren Bagnall from Manage Your Block, looks at how the role of technology has improved service. Property Managers, Residents Management Companies, Right to Manage Companies and Resident Associations have one thing in common. Direct contact with leaseholders who expect a high level of service. With service charges running high, great service could mean the difference…


  • Effective Communication with Residents in Block Management

    Effective Communication with Residents in Block Management

    Darren Bagnall of Manage Your Block, looks at the challenges with residential block management. Managing a residential block brings with it a unique set of challenges. One that is sometimes underestimated is the importance of great communication- with residents, contractors, landlords and managing agents alike. Effective communication doesn’t always come naturally to Directors, who may…