Following the shocking events overnight with a fire at a West London tower block, we have understandably received a number of queries from our residents regarding the fire safety of their buildings.
We would like to reassure all our residents that we and our clients take all safety and fire safety in particular, very seriously. We have independent fire risk assessments in place for each building we manage and also ensure that any existing fire safety systems and maintenance regimes are fully maintained and regularly tested.
After 20 years successful stewardship of HSCPM, Jim Thornton has decided to enter a period of phased retirement. Throughout his period in charge he has established a well-respected property management division recognised throughout the industry and has retained many clients throughout this period.
The long awaited Third Edition of the RICS Code of Conduct for Residential Management has now been approved by the Secretary of State and is effective from 1 June 2016. It applies only to residential leasehold properties in England, and the RICS summarises the aims of the Code as being to:
Hurford Salvi Carr have been producing excellent Research Papers for years, and these are available from their website http://www.hurford-salvi-carr.co.uk/research. The latest edition notes that the Central London market has seen its first drop in pricing since 2008, and this was not solely due to Brexit.
'The UK’s taxation policy played a large part in the decline in demand in the first half of 2016 and that is not going to change in the near future.'
After the promise of an updated edition to the Code for a number of years, following consultation with property professionals including the Association of the Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) of which HSCPM are a Member, this was approved by the Secretary of State, effective from 1st June 2016. This applies to residential properties in England.
The code endorses best practice in respect of leasehold property management. It’s not just intended to be read by Managing Agents, but Landlords, Leaseholders and occupiers of leasehold property as well.
For years people have been searching for the Holy Grail of software – one package that does everything you want. Like the Holy Grail, it probably does not exist, but people have tried either to write their own software or tried to identify a package that does most of what they want. We think the direction of travel of the software market is going somewhere different – connectivity is the concept, so you buy the best for specific applications and then concentrate on connecting them and make them talk to each other.
A huge congratulations to Team HSCPM that completed the run for Workaid yesterday! We raised over £2,000 from supporters and clients to send reconditioned tools to entrepreneurs in Africa to create jobs and provide for families.
We'd like to thank everybody that donated and contributed towards us hitting a great target. Please keep donating to this great cause so that Workaid can continue their great work and HSCPM will double the final amount raised.
Hurford Salvi Carr Property Management Limited has achieved ARMA-Q accreditation – the new regulatory regime for residential leaseholder managing agents. ARMA-Q has been introduced by ARMA the industry’s trade body, in the absence of any statutory regulation, with the aim of pushing up standards of property management across the board.
Flat owners who use ARMA-Q accredited agents to manage their property will be guaranteed a number of safeguards including: