Non-FPRA Publications

ARMA Publications

The Association of Residential Managing Agents have a number of very useful guides for leaseholders.   These include the following topics:-

Living in Leasehold Flats
Carrying out your own work to your block
Noisy Neighbours
Employing Contractors


Service Charge Residential Management Code, 3rd Edition

The current edition of the service charge code can be viewed on the RICS website

RICS Guides and Factsheets

Examples of consumer guides that RICS produce

Fire safety in small blocks of flats

The Home Office have published a useful guide to compliance with fire safety law for those responsible for fire safety in small blocks of flats.

AD_S Infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles.

This approved document supports Part S of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010 and takes effect on 15 June 2022 for use in England. It does not apply to work subject to a building notice, full plans application or initial notice submitted before that date, provided the work is started on site before 15 June 2023.

Electricity Disconnection Protocol

Article on procedures utility companies should follow when disconnecting supplies due to non-payment.

Gas Safe: Information for Landlords

Useful guide explaining legal obligations and good practice for sub-let flats.

Gas Safe: Technical Bulletin for engineers dealing with concealed flues

For the technically minded, this guide could be useful for understanding the new gas regulations that require all flues to be accessible.

Guide to Flat Management Companies

Published by Companies House, an excellent general guide to starting and managing a company set up to run a block of flats.

Leasehold Legislation

The Acts that regulate the leasehold sector are available in The National Archives with easy access links to all the sections, and a search facility to find them. Here are links to two key Acts:

Commonhold & Leasehold Reform Act 2002

(includes Commonhold, Right to Manage, Collective Enfranchisement)

Landlord & Tenant Act 1985

(includes Section 20)

Neighbourhood Watch and Community

Useful guide published by Neighbourhood Watch based on a Swedish model.

Parking control: Parking on Private Land Appeals

Newly created POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals), set by the British Parking Association (BPA), has issued a newsletter outlining the changing parking rules from October 2012. Useful read for FPRA members with parking spaces in their block.

Residential Long Leaseholders – A guide to your rights and responsibilities

Useful free guide published by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order 2005)

Short guide to making your premises safe from fire. Available here from the FPRA website.

Protected Trees: A Guide to Tree Preservation Orders

Free government guide that answers some of the most common questions about tree preservation procedures.

Service Charge Residential Management Code 2016, 3rd edition

The latest revised code of practise from RICS to download or view online.

Energy Efficiency and Insulation in Blocks

Keeping Warm Communally

Seminal article by Dr Nick Roberts on lease issues detering the insulation of blocks. He proposes a solution. Available by kind permission of New Law Journal 25 June 2010

Reducing Carbon Emissions in Blocks

Post graduate thesis on key challenges in reducing carbon emissions in blocks, Jo Brookes, 2011

Wall Insulation

National Insulation Association leaflets on how to insulate houses (they’re working on a leaflet specifically for flats, but these house ones are still instructive).

Guide to Solid Wall Insulation

A Guide to Insulation