Late ground rent and subletting

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  • leaseholder64
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    Until a few years ago, your lease could have been forfeited if you didn't pay ground rent even without being asked. The formal notice was introduced to avoid dodgy freeholders deliberately not issuing notices then demanding large sums to avoid forfeiture. You would really have needed to be on top of scheduled expenses then, but even now, there is little excuse for not realising you were in default. I rather suspect the BtL landlords here don't take kindly to tenants who only pay following a formal demand, each month.

    Some admin charges are payable under most leases for the costs incidental to forfeiture. There certainly will be costs in chasing a debt, although they should be only in double figures.

    The fact that they are refusing to accept the payment is worrying as it suggests they know that accepting it will prevent forfeiture. How large is the ground rent (more or less than £350 owing)?

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  • andydd
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    GR is only payable if demands are sent..but all the landlord has to do is send them to your address...all the forwarding etc means it's a bit of a mess.

    Extra admin fees are only payable IF the lease allows and IF you have been sent a proper Summary Of Rights - Admin Charges attached..again
    .your forwarding situation confuses the issue.

    the subletting is more serious as you could be in breach of the lease.

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