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LEASEHOLD TRIBUNALS OPEN FOR BUSINESS TODAY

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Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (LVTs) specialising in help forresidents of flats are today open for business, as imp...
Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (LVTs) specialising in help forresidents of flats are today open for business, as important new laws come into force.

The eleven LVTs located around England and Wales will use specialist professional expertise to:

-- settle disputes over service charges and insurance

-- determine challenges on proposed works

-- appoint if requested a new manager if the management of the block is unsatisfactory

Leaseholders and tenants of flats can obtain further information on exactly how the tribunals work with the help of a new leaflet published today. Applying to a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal' is available free of charge from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and from advice centres. The leaflet provides information on the important new rights available to residents of flats, together with detail of the procedures involved and the costs of application to an LVT. Some of these functions have been transferred to the LVTs from the county court.

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The free leaflet Applying to a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal is available from the Press Office and from: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Blackhorse Road, London SE99 6TT. Tel: 0181 691 9191 Fax: 0181 694 0099

The leaflet is also available from advice centres, the Welsh Office, LVTs and the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE). Application forms

will be available from LVTs and LEASE, 8 Maddox Street, London W1R

9PN, telephone 0171 493 3116.

There are 11 Leasehold Valuation Tribunals in England and Wales. They are for London, Merseyside and Cheshire (Liverpool), Greater

Manchester & Lancashire (Manchester), West Midland (Birmingham),

Northern (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Yorkshire (Leeds), East Midland (Nottingham), Chilterns, Thames & Eastern (Cambridge), Southern & South Eastern (Chichester), South Western (Bristol and Plymouth) and Wales (Cardiff).

Each LVT has a panel of members made up of lawyers, surveyors and lay people. They also function as Rent Assessment Committees and, as LVTs for leasehold enfranchisement cases. DETR press notice 313/ENV announced that LVTs were to commence on 1 September, and gave further information on their role. Copies are available from the number below.

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