New Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1) form
All conveyancers are being urged to use the new Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1) form.
Over 14 cross-industry trade and representative bodies, including the Law Society of England and Wales, have come together to create and endorse the new form which is a standardised questionnaire designed to secure the necessary information if a property being sold is a managed freehold – i.e. where a freehold property has a shared amenity requiring maintenance either through an estate rent charge or covenants set out in the title.
It is intended that the information required by the FME1 would come from the rent charge owner, the management company, the managing agent or any appointed representative of them, and would provide greater certainty around the provision of the information required to ensure the conveyancing process can progress.
It is hoped that use of the new FME form will ensure that prospective purchasers have full details of any contribution required, who organises the maintenance arrangements for the shared areas/amenities, likely increases to these amounts, and who owes what.
Under the current system, each conveyancing firm raises their own preferred questions. This, it is suggested, creates confusion and extra work, especially where the seller’s conveyancer does not ask all of the questions required by the buyer’s conveyancer.
Further details of the form can be found on the Law Society website