The rising importance of amenities and mixed-use developments

Tim Darwall-Smith, Director, SBA Property Management   With over 90% of the UK’s population living in cities, it is evident that the demand for high-quality city living is growing and will continue to do so. In the backdrop of city living, since the pandemic there has been a rising demand for convenience...

How will rising interest rates affect you?

Tim Darwall-Smith, Director, SBA Property Management   Earlier this month, the Bank of England raised its Bank Rate to 1% from 0.75%. This follows the inflation rate running at 7% in March 2022 – its highest level for 30 years.  The change follows a recent Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, in which...

Our approach: why affordability will always be at the top of our agenda

Tim Darwall-Smith, Director, SBA Property Management   After months of volatility, it’s no surprise the news continues to be dominated by the hike in energy prices and the cost of living in the UK. After households saw the energy price cap rise 54% in April, experts are now predicting that the October...

Using technology to enhance property management services

Tim Darwall-Smith, Director, SBA Property Management Digitalisation is transforming the property sector. The take-off of PropTech, the term used to describe the application of digital technology in the real-estate sector, has enabled new solutions to be found, and existing services to be enhanced. Since the pandemic, the real estate industry...

Our approach: exemplifying our health and safety standards

Tim Darwall-Smith, Director, SBA Property Management There’s an increasing amount of compliance regulations when managing residential blocks. This allows us to showcase our strengths in our role as property managers, working with our Health and Safety partners to ensure all our properties are fully compliant and align with our high...

Supporting our residents to a safer future

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, there has been intense conversation and change over the building regulations in place to assess the safety of exterior walls on high-rise residential blocks. The External Wall System Fire Review (EWS1) certificate, launched in 2019, allows building owners to prove that their external wall system...

While the Government’s broadening of the Building Safety Fund is welcome, there are still fundamental flaws in the system

Tim Darwall-Smith, Director, SBA Property Management   Last week, Michael Gove announced that the government would be focusing on the protection of people living in residential blocks against having to pay the sometimes astronomical cost of replacing cladding on their buildings.     While buildings over 18m high were the government’s main priority when addressing dangerous cladding practices, those that fell below this threshold still faced...

Strength for SBA: firm announces acquisition of high-quality London portfolio

London-based block and facilities services provider, SBA Property Management (SBA) has acquired management agency Paul Samuel Associates.  A specialist property management firm with a focus on commercial and high quality, long-leasehold residential properties, Paul Samuel Associates’ portfolio of properties has now transferred to SBA.   The portfolio contains over thirty buildings, equating to 300,000 sq ft of space, situated in some of the city’s most...

Sandrove Brahams & Associates Limited rebrands to align for the future

London-based property management company Sandrove Brahams & Associates Limited has rebranded to SBA Property Management following an evolvement in leadership and a series of new acquisitions.   The new brand marks a time of change within the business, which was founded in 1984 by Howard Sandrove and Stephen Brahams. Both founding partners have now sought new endeavours, and the company recently...