New to New Build Estates

Disclaimer

This is by no means legal advice, or binding. It is a starting point.

If you are new to the area you may be living in one of the new build estates designed and built by one of many developers.

At the parish council it has become clear a lot of residents don't realise what their responsibilities are, what their developers responsibilities are and so on.

So we have collected some resources to help you get started.

I live in a house, why is there a management company for the estate?

When you own a flat or apartment, there is often a management company that manages the services for the apartment block. Each flat owner will pay a service charge towards the cost. However, more and more often we are seeing freehold houses on estates with the same type of management company. Why is there a management company and what exactly does this mean for you?

Read more here

The HOA has some useful information here

Could the new Freehold Properties Bill be the answer to ‘Fleeceholding’?

Labour MP Helen Goodman introduced the Freehold Properties (Management Charges and Shared Facilities) Bill to Parliament in November 2018. The main issue the Bill aims to address is ‘fleeceholding’, where freeholders on communal estates are charged excessive estate management fees by managing agents.

Read more here

Current progress in parliament here

What are my rights?

There’s an action/campaign group Homeowners Rights Network here

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