October 2019 at Plymouth Block Management

October was a successful and busy month for the team at Plymouth Block Management (PBM). As well as our normal duties of looking after our client’s buildings, we also took on nine new blocks and had our first ARMA (Association of Residential Managing Agents) South West conference.

Over the last year we have doubled our portfolio and what makes PBM stand out is our personal nature, transparency, knowledge and expertise. We truly care for our clients and their properties and this can be shown through our growing portfolio and testimonials. One of our larger clients recently went through a consolidation process and as a result we became their principle agent in the South West of England, further emphasizing our progress and commitment.

Our first South West ARMA conference went very well, our staff covered topics such as case law, wellbeing at work and even electric car charging points. It's worth remembering that the residential leasehold sector is unregulated. Anyone can set up as managing agent and start collecting service charges without the relevant qualifications or experience. As ARMA Accredited managing agents we meet the ARMA Consumer Charter & Standards, a bespoke set of professional standards aimed at consumer protection and best practice in all areas of residential long leasehold management. In the property management sector it is vital staff are kept up to date with new policies and regulations and at PBM we are proud to have a team of qualified experts.

In the Queen’s speech on the 14th October it was announced that the Government is to create a new independent building safety regulator, following the Grenfell Tower fire. The new regulator will have powers to enforce criminal sanctions against building owners and will include a new safety framework for high-rise residential buildings. This will be the biggest reform to the building sector in 40 years. At PBM we have the latest guidance on the best practice available for ourselves and our landlords. So, when choosing us to manage your building you can have the peace of mind your building’s safety is one of our top priorities.