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Managing large blocks


Block Management UK Ltd are specialists in hands-on block management for purpose-built apartment blocks and building conversions.

High rise blocks (six storeys or more) have a lower number of owner occupiers than any other category of dwelling. With remotely-based property owners needing to be kept informed and a higher proportion of tenants moving in and out of the property, means that our clients benefit more from our online client portal to keep informed of developments on-site such as emergency works.

Larger numbers of residents means that issues of rubbish, security and parking can quickly become troublesome and need to be kept on top of. There may also be more specialist facilities to look after such as swimming pools, biomass boilers or solar panels.

Each of our management instructions have very different requirements. That's why we sit down with new clients and carefully go through their needs to create a be..
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(17 February 2020 )

Managing medium-sized blocks


Block Management UK Ltd are specialists in hands-on block management for purpose-built apartment blocks and building conversions.

Mid-size properties of this size can come as a single block or multiple blocks that come with larger grounds, and dedicated parking for every resident. There may also be freehold houses or commercial property within the grounds. More modern properties come with a larger focus on security. Blocks may have lifts that will need a strict maintenance schedule.

Each of our management instructions have very different requirements. That's why we sit down with new clients and carefully go through their needs to create a bespoke, transparent management solution that's affordable and will enhance the fabric of their property now and in the future. Whether it's issues of legal compliancy, accounting or repairs, Block Management UK Ltd can deliver a first-class solution. To help manage your property, ..
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(10 February 2020 )

Managing small blocks


Block Management UK Ltd are specialists in hands-on block management for purpose-built apartment blocks and building conversions.

Purpose built blocks of five storeys and under are the largest group of private rented dwelling in the UK (23.5% of households). So, we have a lot of experience managing this type of building. Typically, these blocks will have a modest communal outdoor space or gardens and mixed parking (on-street and off-street) A lift is not common in blocks of this size. Older, period blocks and house conversions may have leases with clauses that are no longer valid.

Each of our management instructions have very different requirements. That's why we sit down with new clients and carefully go through their needs to create a bespoke, transparent management solution that's affordable and will enhance the fabric of their property now and in the future. Whether it's issues of legal compliancy, accounting or repairs, Block Ma..
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(03 February 2020 )

We're in the top 20% of ARMA regulated managing agents


The residential leasehold sector is largely unregulated which means that anyone can operate as a managing agent, collecting service charges without any relevant qualifications or experience.

However, Block Management UK Ltd is a member of The Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) who are the leading trade association for residential leasehold management companies in England and Wales. Block Management UK Ltd is an accredited member and as such abides by the ARMA Consumer Charter & Standards. The Standards cover the conduct of the agent with regards to all areas of block management. From financial matters such as service charge collection, end of year charge accounts and reserve funds to handovers, repairs and even staff employment.

Membership of ARMA is voluntary and demonstrates our commitment to outstanding customer service and to abiding by the best regulatory framework available. Based on number of units managed, we are in the top 20% of ARMA members...
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(31 January 2020 )

When it comes to professional management of your property, size matters


Once in a while, an RMC director makes an enquiry about our services but then decides not to appoint us as property managers. Instead, they tell us they are going with 'someone smaller’.

What the RMC director may have wanted was to offset concerns about appointing one of the larger property management firms, namely that they are faceless, may not offer a dedicated property manager, are difficult to get through to someone in authority or have higher prices.

We completely understand. Starting out as a small management service, Block Management UK Ltd had to utilise a smaller staff and less resources and focussed on customer relationships - rather than features - to grow our business. And, at that size, we were unusual as a sole property management company in that we did not to have to balance a property management business with a lettings agency.

However, as we’ve grown, we’ve been able to improve our services to customers. Offerings such as advanced reportin..
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(25 November 2019 )

The best way to ask a new managing agent for a quote


We have some advice for RMC Directors or freeholders/landlords who are looking to change managing agents for their property.

How we do management fee quotes


At Block Management UK we receive hundreds of enquiries a year about our services.

Having taken down your information through a phone call, completed online quote form or from emails, we’ll take a business day or two to put together our tender. For environmental reasons, we email tenders in digital pdf format rather than printing, however, if printing is the only way for you to receive the information, we can do so.

Our tenders describe our services, the structure of our company and how we cover your local area with our services. Our pricing is clear, not buried in the middle of the tender. In fact, all prices are shown in a separate appendix at the back so you can skip straight to it. As a secondary confirmation, when you choose to..
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(22 November 2019 )

Handover News: Increasing our Sheffield portfolio


Block Management UK Ltd have extended their portfolio of managed Sheffield properties by taking on a block of 12 apartments overlooking the family-friendly green space of Ruskin Park. The block is uniquely located next to the St Mary’s C of E Primary School complex.

Whilst the property is in handover, our dedicated property manager we will make a thorough inspection of the property and report to the RMC directors.

Block Management UK Ltd already acts as a residential block manager in Sheffield for apartment blocks located across the city from St Mary’s Gate to Stannington and Totley Rise.

We use a database of trusted local contractors to service our properties. Together with our two-tier property management department, 24/7 emergency cover and staff KPI-based standards in processing customer enquiries, we offer brilliant coverage and a reassuring presence over your property.
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(04 November 2019 )

Block Management UK reaches 2019 growth goal ahead of schedule


We’re happy to announce that Block Management UK Ltd’s business growth goal for this year - in terms of number of units being managed – was achieved by the end of September.

This goal was set at the end of 2018 when the company came together and planned on topping 4,000 units nationwide by December 2019. We’re now pushing on to a new interim goal to take us to the end of the year.

This growth, despite the uncertain times, has focussed on our home patch of East Anglia, the location of our head office. However, we have also seen business grow right across the UK and in particular, London, the South West, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

To manage this number of properties in various locations requires us to build a stronger network of property managers, local contractors a..
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(11 October 2019 )

What does ‘Trusted. Dynamic. Unique.’ mean?



Block Management UK has used the strapline 'Trusted. Dynamic. Unique.’ since 2014.


The idea came about when we were redesigning our website and thought more about our company name. 'Block management’ is of course our name but also what we do. To help differentiate ourselves we wanted to convey more about specific approach to property management.

As a company we came together to discuss our options. Through this process, we decided on 'trusted’, 'dynamic’ and 'unique’ as three words whose meanings were clear and relevant. They also reflected what we do and what we strive for as a service. We also felt that they were three elements that are sometimes lacking in our industry.

Trusted

Being a trusted managing agent means maintaining long-term client relationships. We’ve always focussed on managing the relationship from start to finish; making sure our pre-contract relation..
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(02 October 2019 )

Block Management UK Ltd and The Big Climb


Last Friday, a team from Block Management UK Ltd took part in The Big Climb, the major fundraising event for 2019 for homeless charity Emmaus Suffolk.


The Big Climb involved a day of fun activities for thirty teams of 5, competing against one another in a series of fundraising, problem-solving and indoor climbing (“bouldering”) challenges to become the 'Top of the Mountain'. 

Our team was made up of property managers and administrators from our Property Management department including our Operations Director. They had a great time at this event which is all about wellbeing , team spirit and mental agility. The location was AVID Indoor Climbing in Ipswich who put on a fantastic event.

Emmaus Suffolk is the local charity that provides mental health and practical support to some of the region’s most vulnerable and socially isolated people. Emmaus offers companions a supportive team an..
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(30 September 2019 )
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