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Want the right to manage your property?

If you've made the decision to take control of the way that your block is being run, Sandrove Brahams is on hand to provide professional advice and assistance.

Flat owners may acquire management responsibilities in different ways; through acquisition of the freehold of the building, through the statutory Right to Manage (RTM), or simply by delegation of the management responsibilities from the Landlord. Whatever the route, if you have not already done so, the first step is to set up some form of Resident Management Company (RMC). This company will assume responsibility for the management and repair of the building and for compliance with the obligations of the lease and the wide range of relevant statutory requirements. It will have to assess and decide how best to achieve this, either through self-management or more commonly by the appointment of a professional managing agent. Your choice of agent is crucial.

Why choose Sandrove Brahams?

We will bring an organised and professional approach to the planning and collection of the service charges and reserve funds, the timetables for redecoration and repairs and inspection and supervision of works.

  • Our assessment of what must be done, and when, will be honest and wholly independent of private interests and preferences and based solely upon our duty to keep the premises in good order. That is not to say that we won't have full regard to leaseholder's wishes, but rather we can provide an unbiased view of what MUST be done, and then get it done in the most cost-effective and efficient way.
  • We remove the process of collecting funds and recovering unpaid charges from the individual Directors of the RMC.
  • As an arm's length agent, we will be able to deal with issues and disputes impartially, to limit the animosity and division which can occasionally arise where personal issues become the business of neighbours and colleagues.
  • We have full insurance cover in place to protect your funds, a significant advantage over self-regulation of funds by individual members.

6 steps to setting up a Right to Manage (RTM) Company

  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5
  • Step 6

Getting leaseholders on board


You will need at least 50% of leaseholders to support the decision and two thirds or more of the leaseholders must have leases on their property that were originally 21 years or longer.
Also, not more than 25% of the floor area must be used for commercial purposes.

Set up an RTM company.


This can be carried out in three ways; (a) Directly with Companies House, (b) Through an intermediary business that offers "off the shelf" companies, or (c) Through a legal specialist in the formation of RTM companies, who can manage the entire legal process for you. Sandrove Brahams can supply details of recommended specialists as required.

Appoint the company Directors (and if required, the Secretary).


You should note that company Directors have legal responsibilities that can have financial consequences so it is a good idea to seek legal advice before becoming a company Director. The Directors will need to be elected by the leaseholders.

Invite any leaseholders who are not members of the company to join the company.


The Directors MUST invite all leaseholders who are not members of the RTM company to join.

Serve notice on the Freeholder.


A formal Notice of Claim MUST be served on the freeholder and this must be done correctly otherwise the RTM request could be refused on a technicality. Sandrove Brahams can provide advice on the precise content of the Notice.

When the process is complete, take over the management of your property.


The RTM can either choose to manage the block itself, or keep the existing managing agent, or alternatively appoint a new managing agent.