About Cassandra Zanelli

Cassandra is widely recognised for her legal expertise in the property management industry and has twice been named an industry legend.

Section 20: Are the consultation requirements “woolly”?

Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 imposes a limit on the service charges that can be demanded from lessees in respect of “qualifying works” unless the landlord undertakes a consultation process, or obtains dispensation from consultation. The Service Charges (Consultation Requirements) (England) Regulations 2003 set out the [...]

RTM: who manages the shared services on an estate?

Since its introduction by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002, many leaseholders have acquired the right to manage their block.  By acquiring the right to manage, leaseholders get the right to perform the "management functions" in place either of the landlord or any other person upon whom management [...]

By |2022-01-12T23:19:11+00:0012 January 2022|Blogs, legal update, RTM|0 Comments

Tribunal determination of service charge payable: declaratory only and unenforceable in the County Court

Under Section 27A of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, the tribunal hold jurisdiction to determine whether a service charge is payable and, if it is, as to: The person by whom it is payable. The person to whom it is payable. The amount which is payable. The date [...]

Data Security Breach: ICO fines Cabinet Office £500,000

The ICO has announced it has issued the Cabinet Office with a monetary penalty notice, and imposed a fine of £500,000 for failing to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to keep personal data secure, in contravention of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Contravention by the Cabinet Office [...]

By |2021-12-27T20:31:47+00:003 December 2021|Blogs, data protection|0 Comments

Call for evidence on Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill

On 30th November, the House of Commons Public Bill Committee published an invitation to submit written views on the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill. What's proposed by the Bill? The Bill proposes to restrict the ground rent chargeable on new long residential leases to one peppercorn per year.  There [...]

By |2021-12-27T21:15:22+00:001 December 2021|Blogs, ground rent|0 Comments

Use of security cameras and video doorbell breached data protection law

It’s becoming increasingly common for the use of video doorbell and security cameras in residential properties.  Often, disputes arise out of the use of such devices. In Fairhurst v Woodard the county court was called upon to consider claims for harassment under the Protection for Harassment Act 1997, and [...]

By |2021-12-27T20:24:14+00:0027 November 2021|Blogs, data protection|0 Comments

Installation of electric vehicles (EV) charging points: DfT response published

On 22 November 2021, the Department for Transport (DfT) published the government response to its July 2019 consultation and confirmed it would introduce new requirements for installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points in new buildings in England. Proposed regulations The government will lay implementing regulations in 2021, which will require: [...]

By |2021-12-27T20:46:59+00:0023 November 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

RTM: failure to serve notice of withdrawn on qualifying tenants

The acquisition of the right to manage by an RTM company is process driven.  The process starts with a notice inviting participation which is given by the RTM company to all qualifying tenants (who aren't already members of the RTM company). After the notice inviting participation, the next step [...]

By |2021-12-27T22:40:28+00:0013 November 2021|Blogs, legal update, RTM|0 Comments

Law Society guidance on building safety for flat buyers

On 10th August, the Law Society published a guidance note to help home buyers and sellers to understand building safety and cladding issues. The guidance note is available here:   What's covered by guidance note? The guidance note covers issues including: the issues to be investigated before a transaction proceeds, [...]

By |2021-11-27T17:22:10+00:0013 August 2021|Blogs, fire safety|0 Comments
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