Does Managing Your Own Building Really Save Money? And is it Worth the Risk….

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Does Managing Your Own Building Really Save Money?

Does Managing Your Own Building Really Save Money? And is it Worth the Risk….

Whilst nobody likes to spend money, efforts to reduce expenditure can sometimes prove to be false economy, especially when the item you are trying to protect is likely to be your largest asset.

Undertaking the management of your building may appear to be an easy way to reduce the service charge costs, until such time as problems arise. You should never underestimate the importance of understanding and abiding by the multitude of legislation that surrounds the management of a building and the service charges you collect.

With over 45 years of experience in residential block management, Burns Property Management are on hand to offer professional and impartial advice, guiding you through the minefield of legislation which resident controlled management companies must comply with.

Unfortunately ignorance is not a defence and you are bound by the same company laws as large national companies. The best intentions of the directors can sometimes lead to conflict, dispute and in certain cases serious breaches of the law. At Burns, we see it as our primary role to assist

you with compliance of the relevant legislation.

Are you up to date with:‐

* Fire Risk Assessments

* Asbestos Surveys

* Building Insurance Valuations

* Health & Safety Legislation

* Company Law

* Company Secreterial Filing

* LIft and Gate Statutory Testing

* Service Charge Accounting Regulations

* Lease Compliance


Following government guidance and in an attempt to keep our colleagues safe we have moved our staff to homeworking where possible. To ensure safety to our team and the wider community we have taken the decision  that our offices should no longer be open to the public and we would request that you do not visit our offices but communicate with us via telephone or email.

It is our intention to keep any disruption to our services to a minimum, however, as colleagues comply with the government directive to self-isolate the inevitability of significant staff and contractor illness and therefore absenteeism means that some disruption is anticipated. It is our considered opinion that delays should be expected and we would therefore ask our clients and leaseholders to be as understanding as possible during these tough times for all.

We will endeavour to ensure as little disruption possible however, during this period, we will be focusing on the essential aspects of the safety, security and running of essential services at your building whilst maintaining a degree of response to lessee queries. We therefore need your assistance in ensuring that communications with our office are limited to matters that require urgent attention during this very stressful and anxious time for the nation.

We do anticipate potential delays and disruption with the postal service, therefore if you have not already opted to receive all correspondence from us by email, we would strongly recommend that you contact us at providing your permission to ensure you are safely receiving all critical correspondence.

To ensure your calls continue to come through to us we have made some changes to our phone system. In order to get through to your key contact please note the extension numbers below for our property teams. Simply enter the extension number on your phone when prompted.

For Andrew Hargadon & Imani Robinson use Ext. 554

For Brian Collins & Sebastian Perry-Symes use Ext. 550

For Dave Wheeler & Margaret Vernam use Ext. 556

For Natasha Haisaid & Virginia Contreras use Ext. 558

For Tim Richards & Rafaela Ribeiro use Ext. 559

For Linda Clarke & Leila Sam-Daliri use Ext. 555

For Lizzy Ellis & Imani Robinson use Ext. 554

For Richard Payne & Emma Preston use Ext. 553

For Tim Townsend & Donna Vernam use Ext. 552

For the latest government advice, please visit

We would thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented period.