About: Leasehold & Housing Management
Winckworth Sherwood’s Housing Management team has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of housing management, litigation and regulation. We act for Registered Providers, arms’ length management organisations, private landlords as well as local authorities. Our clients range from organisations with less than 5,000 units to national providers with over 50,000-strong portfolios.
Our team is commercial and pragmatic, resolving social housing tenancy issues as quickly and cost effectively as possible. We are, however, sensitive to the issues that your staff face in responding to problems and disputes, especially given the vulnerability of some of your residents. Our focus is to manage risk before issues become contentious where possible. When litigation becomes unavoidable, our approach is known for being robust and rigorous.
Examples of work in this area include:
- rent and benefits issues
- anti-social behaviour
- possession and trespass actions
- service charge disputes
- disrepair and dilapidations
- succession and assignment
- policies and procedures
- leaseholder issues
- data protection
- discrimination and equality issues
- freedom of information
- human rights
- intellectual property
- general advice on all types of tenancy, including assured, secure, and assured shorthold
We work alongside you to lower costs, mitigate risk and improve efficiency. We are generous with our time and make the effort to get to know you, so we can deliver excellent value for money, with relevant and supportive advice.
Crucially our team is able to respond quickly when matters are urgent. We will do all we can to help you avoid the need for litigation but if that is the only solution, our team includes experienced advocates who have conducted cases in both the criminal and civil courts.
We are one of the leading practices in the social housing, development and regeneration sectors. We have a wealth of experience in all stages from site acquisition, construction and sales through to estate management planning. Part of our core business is developing sustainable and effective leasehold management regimes for private, social and affordable housing markets.
Our unique selling point is that our experience is drawn from acting for major housebuilders as well as housing associations and large leasehold management companies. We find this understanding of all sides of leasehold transactions to be invaluable when advising our clients. We are confident that we can use our knowledge and experience to work with you and help you achieve your aims, particularly through the delivery of management services to your tenants and residents.
We regularly advise on:
- management regimes within leases
- management agreements
- company services when establishing and running the management company
- management obligations
- risk management in providing the service
- bespoke service charges and ground rent recovery schemes