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Clear shortlisted for Best Residential Property Management Company award

Clear Building Management has been shortlisted in the Best Residential Property Management Company category at the 2018 Grafters Awards.

The Grafters celebrate excellence in the North West’s property and construction industry and the 2018 awards are decided by a mix of a judging panel and a public vote – and we would love your help with...
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Changing managing agent – is it worth the pain?

Excessive costs, a lack of service and poor communication - just some of the most common gripes levelled at managing agents by their RMC director customers.

Despite the day-to-day impact of poor service on residents’ lives, management company directors can be reluctant to get rid of a poorly performing managing agent, as Peter McCabe of Clear...

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Sales packs: don’t sell your flat without one!

Selling your flat can be an expensive business, and the additional cost of a sales pack is rarely a welcome expense. On the flip-side however, now you have that precious offer on your flat, you will want to make sure that the sale can proceed as smoothly as possible. And this is where the value...

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One client, no conflict – Those that pay should have the say

A downward pressure on management fees, together with the growth in new-build leasehold developments, has tempted many managing agents to build their businesses around meeting the needs of freeholders and developers, at the unfortunate expense of leaseholders. At Clear Building Management we only work for resident-led management companies, serving the interests of those that pay...
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Tackling claims frequency: how a proactive approach can pay dividends

Claims frequency can be a problem for many developments but, with proactive and hands-on support from your managing agent, residents can prevent claims occurring and avoid the inevitable inflation in the cost of cover. Ian Hollins of Clear Building Management offers advice to leaseholders and RMC directors struggling with spiralling insurance costs.

We all understand the...
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What should you expect to see in your service charge demand?

Poor communication and a lack of transparency are the biggest gripes of many leaseholders when it comes to the service charge demand. Peter McCabe of Clear Building Management sets out what you should expect to see from your managing agent.

As a leaseholder, you have a right to be able to clearly see how your service...
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Clearing the corridor clutter – whose job is it anyway?

Ian Hollins of Clear Building Management outlines the importance of why we all need to play our part in keeping communal areas clear.

Safe, happy and quarrel-free communal living requires compromise and effort – including keeping corridor clutter to a minimum. If you were to ask them, most managing agents would tell you that they spend a...
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Love thy neighbour? Tips for resolving neighbourly disputes

The role of a property manager regularly encompasses accountant, legal adviser, diplomat and negotiator.

Conflict resolution plays an important role, and whether it’s neighbour v neighbour, or director v director, sensitive and diplomatic handling is key to effective property management, as Peter McCabe of Clear Building Management explains. Living in close proximity to others will always cause...
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Right to manage: how to get leaseholder support in larger blocks

Ian Hollins of Manchester property management specialists Clear Building Management sets out top tips for leaseholders in larger blocks seeking to secure the right to manage.

For leaseholders wanting control over the day-to-day management of their block, obtaining ‘the Right to Manage’ is an option that can do exactly what it says on the tin. Anyone buying a...
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8 steps to selecting the right managing agent for your block

The Clear Building Management checklist of questions to ask a potential managing agent.

Choosing a managing agent for your block comes down to a mix of personality and practicality: you want to get on with the people who will be taking care of your development but you also need to be confident that they have the...
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