Dispelling the myths around leaseholds

Published on: 02 May 2017

DOWNEND businessmen Ian and Andrew Simmonds are staging Bristol’s first  Leasehold Roadshow next month.

Their aim is  to help both landlords and homeowners understand the way leases work.

Experts, including solicitors, insurance professionals, health and safety experts, the fire service and energy suppliers are taking part in the free event at The Bristol Pavilion at Gloucestershire’s Cricket Ground on June 1.

 As well as being on hand to give advice, they will also be giving talks every hour about particular topics followed by a question and answer session.

Andrew and Ian are the managing and operation directors respectively from BNS Property Management.

Andrew Simmonds said: “Over four million people in the UK own a home with a lease and leaseholders pay on average £1800 a year in service charge to a management company who in turn are responsible for services including arranging building insurance, upkeep of communal areas, repairs on the building, accountancy, health and safety etc.In recent months, issues around leasehold property have hit the national headlines because owners do not always fully understand their responsibilities when it comes to a lease.

“The roadshow has been organised to help dispel the myths around leaseholds.”

Ian Simmonds said: “For me, one of the highlights will be the talk from Avon Fire and Rescue about fire safety in blocks of flats. Since Christmas at least five fires have broken out in flats in Bristol which demonstrates there’s no room for complacency when it comes to fire safety.”

Register for the free, drop-in event at: www.bns.co.uk/leaseholdroadshow or call 0117 957 0809

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