ABOUT US

Block Management Ltd was originally part of its sister company Accounting Services Ltd. Due to the growth of both businesses the accountancy and block management sides of the company were separated. We have management property since 1993, when a run down Victorian house was purchased. The house was extensively refurbished before being let to tenants. Since then, we have expanded our residential property portfolio and this now consists mainly of apartments and one or two bedroom houses. 

As many of our properties are leasehold the benefits of having an efficient, professionally managed and maintained site with reasonable services charges is very clear to us. It helps to reduce voids between lets due to a high level of desirability to potential renters and protects and increase property values to the benefit of owners.

Since 2003 we have been invited to act as block managing agents for many sites in and around Swindon. All of these roles were taken on following recommendations from existing leaseholders or people that we have had the pleasure of working with.

Meet the team

John Morris FCMA CGMA MIRPM – Director

John is a Chartered Management Accountant. He has been involved in the property industry since 1988, and gained previous experience in a senior position with a firm of town planning consultants and infrastructure engineers. He has been involved in property management for many years and is a member of the Institute of Residential Managing Agents. He has assisted leaseholders with right to manage claims since the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 was introduced.

Diana Morris – Director

Diana is a Member of the National Landlords Association (NLA) and has owned a number of leasehold properties since 1993. She has managed residential properties and estates since 2004. She knows and appreciates first-hand the issues that are of importance to leaseholders. These include the importance of ensuring that sites are maintained to a high standard and keeping tight control of service charge costs.

Julie Gough PGCE BA (Hons) – Office Manager

Julie ensures that service charge accounts are properly maintained. She regularly updates service charge expenditure which are made available to leaseholders via designated websites which she maintains for each leasehold site. In addition to her office based duties, she regularly undertakes site visits and inspections. She also coordinates work orders with verified contractors and ensures that work is carried out in a timely fashion.

Christopher Morris – IT Manager

Christopher is responsible for maintaining the office IT infrastructure including: VOIP and mobile lines; networked server and PCs; databases; scanning equipment and data back up and storage. He also undertakes site inspections and liaises with contractors.

Ethical Conduct

We work within the framework of the CIMA and IRPM Code of Ethics.

The CIMA code requires accountants to comply with the principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour. The duty of a professional accountant is not exclusively to satisfy the needs of an individual client or employer. In complying with the ethical requirements of the CIMA Code of Ethics the professional accountant is obliged to act primarily within the public interest.

The IRPM code recognises that those involved in the management of residential property have both legal and ethical obligations. The legal responsibilities are governed by the rules established in legislation and the rights and liabilities arising out of relationships with individuals are set out in civil law.

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy Statement

We believe that businesses are responsible for achieving good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner.

We are therefore committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods.

It is our priority to encourage our customers, suppliers and all business associates to do the same. Not only is this sound commercial sense for all; it is also a matter of delivering on our duty of care towards future generations.

Our policy is to:

• Wholly support and comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice.

• Minimise our waste and then reuse or recycle as much of it as possible.

• Minimise energy and water usage in our buildings, vehicles and processes in order to conserve supplies, and minimise our consumption of natural resources, especially where they are non-renewable.

• Operate and maintain company vehicles with due regard to environmental issues as far as reasonably practical and encourage the use of alternative means of transport and car sharing as appropriate.

• Apply the principles of continuous improvement in respect of air, water, noise and light pollution from our premises and reduce any impacts from our operations on the environment and local community.

• As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same.

• Assess the environmental impact of any new processes or services we intend to introduce in advance.

• Ensure that all employees understand our environmental policy and conform to the high standards it required.

• Address complaints about any breach of our Environmental Policy promptly and to the satisfaction of all concerned.

• Update our Environmental Policy annually in consultation with staff, associates and customers.