IPM shortlisted for Employer of the Year

IPM have today been shortlisted as finalists in this year Property Management Awards for Employer of the Year.

This award recognises employers that have made an outstanding effort in engaging with their employees and the wider sector.

The overall judging will consider how investing in people through health and wellbeing, skills and training and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives have made a positive contribution to the company, industry and society.

After 3 weeks of scoring, deliberations and meetings, PMA announced that we had made the shortlist for 2022!

It is a fantastic achievement to be a finalist, so we want to congratulate all employees in being recognised for their hard work and dedication.

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all of our judges for their time and support.

The awards ceremony will be held on the 24th November 2022 in London and we look forward to hearing the result.

IPM acquire Spring House Properties

We are excited to announce IPM are acquiring another block managing agent called Spring House Properties, who are currently based in Leeds, under the terms of a Partnership and Spring House will come under the Inspired Property Management (IPM) name.

The acquisition will provide IPM with another 8 buildings to manage and two of their staff members will be joining the team. IPM will retain Spring House Properties offices in Leeds which provides an even stronger presence in the area.

The acquired developments are located in North and West Yorkshire with one being located at The Dock where IPM already manage Franklin House. Other locations include Leeds Waterside, Wetherby and Knaresborough.

Danielle Parker, co-founder and Director advises; “This is an exciting time for the business as we continue to strengthen our presence across West and North Yorkshire, growing our property portfolio in line with our expansion and growth plans for the future of the business.”

“The real story here isn’t about the number of acquisitions, but rather the quality and experience of the people joining us, our mission to band together and build together innovative product and service offerings at scale.”

IPM’s growth over the past 13 years has stemmed from years of referrals of their client base and those of other professionals. The growth and development of skilled staff has evolved in a similar way. IPM have attracted high-quality, committed professionals and invested in their training, development and growth. As a result of those efforts, they have experienced steady growth over the past several years.

“The timing was right to acquire another block management firm, allowing us to provide a wider array of services supported by experienced property professionals,” said Danielle Parker, co-founder and Director of IPM. “Finding and retaining excellent people is a constant challenge. Spring House Properties shares the same values as IPM and continue the tradition to provide excellent service, deep expertise, and an environment clients want to be a part of.”

This takes the total number of development in the Leeds area to 76 buildings, with two prestigious sites being at The Dock.

The total units managed by IPM stands at 14,200 across our Northern portfolio and London office. Equating to 500 buildings in total. This increases the team size to 67 not including site staff, based at the head office in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

“Getting the best people is our goal. We aim to have the most talented and experienced property managers in the industry join us while we tech-enable their operations for efficiency and growth,” said David Poppleton, IPM’s co-founder and Director.

“Collectively, and aided by our technology investments, we’re focused on eliminating the friction and complexities of owning an apartment for not just our clients and leaseholders, but for the property managers as well.”

New Director appointed at IPM

Inspired Property Management is excited to welcome Andrea Barnard MIRPM as Associate Director at Inspired Property Management with immediate effect. This new appointment will strengthen the existing Board and in this new role, and Andrea’s position will support the continued growth and progression of IPM within the industry.

With a career to date of more than 20 years in the property industry, Andrea brings extensive experience in property management, leadership and business strategy gained working in the property industry, delivering to clients across the UK. Andrea’s focus will be on innovation in property management, added value and excellence in customer service delivery.

Commenting on the appointments, Danielle Parker, Director at IPM, said: “I am pleased to recognise Andrea’s commitment to the business and look forward to our continued growth and expansion within the business. Her promotion is yet another strategic investment in our business and a further statement of our ambition. The continued growth of our presence across the North and the development of our residential portfolio are key targets for the business, and I am certain that with Andrea’s new appointment IPM will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Government forces developers to fix cladding crisis

Government take action of cladding disaster

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove MP, has written to developers to warn them that they must pay to fix cladding defects in 11-18 metre residential leasehold buildings.

In a public letter released today, Mr Gove presented the industry with a deadline of early March to agree to a fully funded plan of action.

In the letter, the Secretary of State asks companies to agree to:

  • make financial contributions to a dedicated fund to cover the full outstanding cost to remediate unsafe cladding on 11-18 metre buildings, currently estimated to be £4 billion
  • fund and undertake all necessary remediation of buildings over 11 metres that they have played a role in developing
  • provide comprehensive information on all buildings over 11 metres which have historic safety defects and which they have played a part in constructing in the last 30 years

Mr Gove also states that:

“It is neither fair nor decent that innocent leaseholders, many of whom have worked hard and made sacrifices to get a foot on the housing ladder, should be landed with bills they cannot afford to fix problems they did not cause.

“Government has accepted its share of responsibility and made significant financial provision through its ACM remediation programme and the Building Safety Fund. Some developers have already done the right thing and funded remedial works and I commend them for those actions.

“But too many others have failed to live up to their responsibilities.”

The letter issued a warning to developers that the government will take all steps necessary to make this happen, including restricting access to government funding and future procurements, the use of planning powers and the pursuit of companies through the courts if they do not comply. Mr Gove also added that if industry fails to take responsibility for remediation, the government will if necessary impose a solution in law.

The government is still set to announce a decision on which companies are in scope for funding contributions, but it is expected to cover all firms with annual profits from housebuilding at or above £10 million.

Later today, the Secretary of State is also due to make an oral statement to the House of Commons announcing plans to protect leaseholders, who are trapped in unsellable homes and face excessive bills to fix dangerous cladding defects. In respect of this, Mr Gove is set to unveil a package of measures to end the situation of buildings being declared unsafe when they are not.

Mr Gove says developers must take forward all necessary remediation work at pace – prioritising those with greatest risks first and in all cases finding the quickest and most proportionate solution to make buildings safe.

He calls on industry to enter an open and transparent dialogue with the government to hear their proposals, starting with a roundtable with the largest residential developers and trade bodies. The government will invite leaseholders and those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy to the table to discuss solutions at appropriate junctures to ensure discussions are not taking place behind closed doors.

The government will announce a decision on which companies are in scope for funding contributions following discussions with industry but expect it to cover all firms with annual profits from housebuilding at or above £10 million.

Fire Safety Bill comes into law in Wales

The Fire Safety Act 2021 has now come into force in Wales.

It amends the Fire Safety Order 2005 (“the 2005 Order”) and clarifies that for any building containing two or more sets of domestic premises

  • The 2005 Order applies to the building’s structure and external walls and any common parts, and applies to the entrance doors to individual flats opening into common parts; and
  • References to external walls in the 2005 Order include “doors or windows in those walls” and “anything attached to the exterior of those walls (including balconies).”

The aim of these amendments to the 2005 Order is to clarify that the Responsible Person must manage and reduce the risk of fire for these areas.

The fire risk assessment will therefore be required to cover these areas.

The clarification empowers the local fire and rescue authority to take enforcement action in respect of these areas.

To accompany the Act coming into force the Welsh Government has also published guidance on the roles and responsibilities of those responsible for fire safety in buildings.

Further and more detailed guidance will also be published in the coming months.

Further information:

IPM announce new director appointment

IPM ANNOUNCE NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT

IPM is expanding the board of directors further with the appointment of Chris Peters as a new director of Inspired Property Management effective from the 1st December 2020. The appointment will expand the board of directors from four to five independent directors, bringing valuable experience and insight to the board. This appointment will enable the board of directors to enhance its commercial experience and operational insight, particularly within property industry.

Chris has worked within the property sector for over 10 years’ specialising in leasehold management and is a qualified member of the Institute of Residential Property Managers. Bringing a wealth of experience and a proven track record as a pivotal member of the management team, Chris has worked within some of the largest property management companies across the UK.

 

Chris Peters, director at Inspired Property Management, said: “It was an exciting new chapter to hear the board of Inspired Property Management had invited me to join their dynamic and growing company as a member of the board of Directors. It will be a great honour to work alongside Andrew, David, Danielle and Sarah in being part of an evolving team providing strategy and direction to an expanding and modern company.”

“The focus Inspired Property Management has on providing bespoke and tailored management solutions to their clients and customers, made accepting the offer to join the board of Directors an easy one to make. I am excited to help the company continue to grow in what is an ever changing and challenging environment for the property industry”

 

Danielle Parker, director at Inspired Property Management, commented: “I am delighted to have Chris join us at this important and exciting time. The appointment comes as we embark on an exciting time of expansion and we believe his input will be key in enhancing our service delivery to both clients and leaseholders.”

“As we prepare to navigate our way out of the challenges caused by Covid-19, our first-class leasehold property team, headed by Chris, whose experience and expertise is second to none, will steer us in the right direction. We’re confident about the future and our commitment to growth.”

 

IPM continues to go from strength-to-strength after making a number of strategic new hires and investing in technology within their business to allow for growth and development and become a more client focussed organisation.

 

Update from IPM – COVID-19 Leaseholders pandemic policy

COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to impact people and organisations globally, we would like to update you on the further steps that Inspired Property Management is taking to ensure business continuity for our clients.

Inspired Property Management is taking the necessary steps to ensure that our business services remain uninterrupted during this time, regardless of whether our staff are working in an IPM office or remotely. We are equipped to provide the high-quality service you have come to expect from us, and our support teams will remain available to users for the duration.

We will continue to communicate with our residents through email, phone calls and via the tenant portal and we are sourcing offsite printing facilities.

As the situation on COVID-19 is still evolving and further government measures have yet to be confirmed, we will continue to monitor the information provided.

For further information please read our Pandemic Policy Leaseholders 17 March 2020

Thank you for your understanding in advance.

JOB VACANCY – Head of Property Management/Regional Manager

NOW HIRING!

Inspired Property Management are looking for a Head of Property Management/Regional Manager to maintain the excellent standards of leadership, innovation and customer service delivery to our stakeholders. Due to growth within the Northern region we are looking for a senior team member to support Property Managers in delivering the quality, dedicated service we are known for as well as providing innovative solutions alongside industry best practice standards.

As a company we started in 2009 and have seen significant, albeit measured growth within the sector. We have organically grown from a North England office to a Central London office with the consistent delivery of a quality-driven and competent service.

As we expand we are looking to strengthen our leadership team with a Head of Property Management. The opportunity will suit a natural leader with the capability of providing training and development to the team whilst reporting to the Directors on progress and performance.

The core duties of the position include-

  • Ensure management standards are maintained across the portfolio
  • Support Property Managers in record keeping and compliance
  • Manage the performance of the team, ensuring company processes are adhered to
  • Support the team in client/leasehold meetings
  • Act as point of escalation for complex matters with a resolution focused approach
  • Keep updated on legislation, case law and industry standards and disseminate to the team accordingly
  • Ensure all sites are thoroughly inspected with Health and Safety at the forefront
  • Report to Directors periodically as requested

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to progress within a forward thinking and ambitious company, known for quality of service.

If you would like an off the record discussion about the role please call David Poppleton on 01302 729500 or email dave@inspiredpm.co.uk for more information.