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    Fee for obtaining an insurance certificate?

    I recently requested an insurance certificate from the management company of a flat I am letting. They told me I need to pay their solicitor £29 to obtain it and I would need to appoint a solicitor to dispute the matter. There is nothing in the lease that covers the fee aside from the term that states the service charge is used to cover the buildings insurance (which the leaseholders have pay!). It seems the management company are delegating admin duties to the solicitor and I wondered if this is within their rights or common practice? Thanks for any help here.

    Are you are a long leaseholder who pays a service charge which includes insurance? If you are then send to the landlord or whoever collects the rent a notice as follows:

    [Address of property]

    To [insert name of landlord]

    Pursuant to section 30A of and the Schedule to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 you are required within 21 days from the receipt of this notice to supply me with either a copy of the insurance policy relating to the above property or with a written summary of the policy including the insured amount, the name of the insurer and the risks covered under the policy.

    You are respectfully reminded that it is an offence to fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the above request.



    [Your name]


      Yes I am a long leaseholder, thank you!


        I see 30 A says it's free to inspect but then:


        The landlord may make a reasonable charge for doing anything else in compliance

        with a requirement imposed by a notice under this paragraph."

        So maybe they could justify charging for emailing the document?


          Well how are you going to inspect it without seeing it? I would write as suggested and let them respond.


            I think it is 30 days under the L&T Act 1985 and 21 days under CLRA 2002 .

            Send the written request by registered post ( it provides evidence of your requesting date )


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