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RTM Company Articles

The government is consulting on new default articles for Right To Manage (RTM) companies formed under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

It is debateable whether such changes are really necessary. All companies can choose to set up their own articles when they are created. However, many RTM companies are created on the fly by inexperienced individuals and so the creation of some form of pre-defined articles for these companies might be advantageous. It is also worth pointing out the low take-up of the powers offered by the Act and the arguable pointlessness of legislating where the advantage is so limited.

The model articles aim to provide a degree of balance between the rights of tenants and the needs of landlords who have a greater investment in the structure of the property and the common parts. How well that balance is struck probably depends on the side from which you approach the issue. It is difficult though to see how a pre-defined set of articles can properly take account of the large number of different RTM situations and whether there should be a greater emphasis on each RTM company choosing articles to fit its own situation.

The consultation is open until 16 August.

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