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    Lease Transfer Limbo.

    After transferring ownership of our leasehold flat to our daughter, neither my daughter or ourselves have received the usual June half yearly service charge invoice.
    After countless emails and phone calls to the managing agents and freeholders solicitors we are no where closer to knowing what the problem is.

    After almost 9 months on 21st June this year the solicitors we used informed us that the transfer of ownership (equity) had been completed and that their job was over.
    Land registry had been changed on 11th June to reflect this change.
    The freeholders solicitors charged me over £700 to for preparation of Licence to Assign, and I was informed by my solicitors that this had been accepted on 9th May.

    I'm assuming the solicitors we used missed off a step or something, however they say they have done everything.
    The freeholders solicitors ignore my communications.
    The managing agents say they are looking into it, although its been over a month since they said that, and an email I sent on Monday has not yet been replied to.
    I've given up phoning as I can never seem to talk to the right person, and I'd like proof of correspondence.

    I'm not sure what to do, and am worried we may end up facing bailiffs and penalties for non payment of the service charge.

    any thoughts on what I should be doing, and is a string of emails suitable defence should we find ourselves charged with recovery costs?


    Your solicitor should be able to supply you with a copy of the notice of assignment which it issues to the freeholder, or agent.

    In the meantime, the managing agent ought to be able to let you know the amount which is payable or you can pay an estimated amount on account. A copy of emails would enable you to defend any action taken in respect of recovery costs.


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