Freeholder awarding major works contract to a contractor that he owns

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    Originally posted by AB2017 View Post
    Thanks your contributions, everyone. It looks like the freeholder will be pressing ahead with their affiliated contractor, so we have decided to obtain our own quotes for comparison purposes, and (assuming they show the price has been inflated) will apply to the First-Tier Tribunal after the event for a decision as to reasonableness. That seems to be the only option we have, as the freeholder has (on the face if it) complied with the relevant section 20 requirements.
    If you are going to do this at all (and it may be worth doing) you should do it now (**after** paying the full service charge as requested). The chance of the FTT downgrading a works bill for works already incurred with a contractor employed via a sham S20 is almost zero.

    Your own quotes may not be deemed as valid anyway given that the system works so as to exclude most normal quotes from high-quality workmen. The "special" workmen who participate in these scams have special magical properties that make them exclusively amenable to quoting eligibility.


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