Mark Chick, Senior Partner of Bishop and Sewell LLP as well as Director and a founder committee member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has been working with other ALEP Directors and the Committee to develop a protocol for Service of Initial Notices and Counter-Notices During COIVD-19 Pandemic. The protocol has been finalised and was published on 30 March 2020.
ALEP is the sector body to which all reputable valuers and solicitors working in the field of Leasehold Reform now belong. During this unprecedented time ALEP is doing all it can to help members to continue to practice.
Click Here for a copy of the protocol.
Mark Chick, ALEP Director stated:
During this difficult period, it’s important for ALEP to take the lead with practical steps to keep the leasehold enfranchisement sector operating as smoothly as possible.
The ALEP protocol is a solution to some of the difficulties currently being faced by our members and other practitioners. This protocol is entirely voluntary and can only be adopted if both parties agree in writing. However, we would encourage all ALEP members to subscribe to this protocol where possible to ease the process during the current pandemic and enable our members to continue delivering for their clients.
Call for extension of statutory deadlines:
Last week, ALEP wrote an open letter to the Lord Chancellor and the Housing Minister calling on the government to extend statutory deadlines for filing applications to determine terms of collective claims, lease extensions and right to manage by a period of three months once the current ‘lockdown’ period is over. ALEP believes that this simple act will provide applicants with a reasonable period of time to prepare their applications to the Tribunal.
Click Here for a copy of the letter to the Lord Chancellor.
You can also view both items on the ALEP news and social pages.
We hope that you and your families remain safe at this challenging time.
The above is accurate as at 30 March 2020. The information above may be subject to change during these ever-changing times.
The content of this note should not be considered legal advice and each matter should be considered on a case by case basis.