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Right to manage companies and commonhold associations

If you are a right to manage (RTM) company or commonhold association then there are certain rules you need to follow for incorporation.

RTM companies

RTM companies were introduced under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. This means that leaseholders can transfer the landlord's management functions relating to, for example, repairs and maintenance, to an RTM company registered by them.

The company must be limited by guarantee and its memorandum and articles must comply with the RTM Companies (Model Articles) (England) Regulations 2009.

To incorporate an RTM you need to complete application form IN01 to register a company. You can download form IN01 from the Companies House website (PDF, 1.03MB).

You may choose any name available so long as it ends with 'RTM Company Limited' or the Welsh equivalent, and it complies with rules on company names. You can download RTM companies information from the Communities and Local Government website (PDF, 81K).

RTM companies do not exist in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Commonhold associations

Commonhold associations were introduced under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. Commonhold is a form of land ownership available in England and Wales. The company must be limited by guarantee and its memorandum and articles must comply with the Commonhold (Amendment) Regulations 2009. You can download Commonhold Regulations information from the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) website (PDF, 214K).

Commonhold associations:

  • are an alternative to long leasehold ownership of flats and other interdependent properties
  • combine freehold ownership of a single property or unit in a larger development with membership of a limited company that owns and manages the common parts of the development - for example a block of flats where each flat is a unit and all the other parts, such as the hallway are commonhold

To incorporate a commonhold association you need to complete application form IN01 to register a company. You can download form IN01 from the Companies House website (PDF, 1.03MB).

You may choose any name available as long as it ends with 'Commonhold Association Limited' or the Welsh equivalent and complies with rules on company names.

Commonhold associations do not exist in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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