I caught up with Natalie Rubinstein, a well known block management professional who has recently changed her role entirely… yet she hasn’t left the industry. I found out why she made the change, why she loves our industry, and how her fascinating career has led to this point.
For millions of office workers in the UK, working from home has become the new normal, rather than an exceptional break from the norm. And while many have made the most of it (see Jaffa Cakes), home working isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But we remind ourselves that we’re fortunate to have a job and
An alien concept 15 years ago, ‘working from home’ has gone from a euphemism for watching Holly & Phil to a productive and (sometimes) encouraged practice. Indeed, some of our managing agent clients have created new business models around homeworking and working from the sites they manage, but most of us commute to the office
Those of us over 40 will remember the above reassuring line from a grandma attempting to console her grandson over his mediocre exam results. (Search on YouTube for ‘An ology’ if you don’t know what we’re talking about). “…people will always need plates” was a reference to Anthony’s success at GCSE Pottery, and whilst a
When a head of block management or head of accounts receives your CV from BBL, we suspect they will do one or more of the following: Shortlist it (hopefully) and invite you for interview Ask trusted peers in the industry if they know anything about you Look you up online. Part of a reputable recruiter’s
Whether you are an employer looking for a new block manager or you are a block manager looking for a new employer, you have a potentially important decision to make. You’ll ask yourself: Do I put my eggs in one carefully chosen basket or do I spread my risk? In other words, do I instruct
These days, I am not convinced that residential property managers know what they want from an employer. Larger, smaller, traditional, ambitious, new builds, period blocks, office-based, site-based, home working… There is a vast array of managing agents out there yet property managers don’t necessarily do their due diligence, so they don’t always make the right
Even the most industrious block managers with their heads down will have heard of build-to-rent by now, perhaps by its abbreviation BTR, the trendier B2R or even the American term ‘multi-family’.
I decided to write a blog about PropTech and its implications for property managers and their employers. So to get a sense of what property management was like before the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, I asked some PMs with grey (or no) hair for their recollections. Some of it was unprintable but here are
The managing agent industry has, of late, been complaining of a shortage of competent and committed block property managers. At the same time, employers want property managers who can hit the ground running and that means they need to come with block management experience.