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    I've just purchased my first property, a leasehold flat. I am aware that my lease states that I need to request any additions to the freeholder. I need to add fitted wardrobes urgently to the property so I wrote him a letter two weeks ago but he has failed to respond, the letter was tracked and signed, so I know he collected it himself personally.

    I would like to know if the freeholder has the obligation by law to respond to these requests and what to do/how to approach him to make sure he acknowledges the receipt of these requests and advice how long it will take him to respond.

    Do you own the lease, then you can alter the internal parts of the demise as long as you write to them giving notice, no major structural changes though...write a letter telling them what you are planning to do, take photos before and after and send a letter with a sketch of what you are proposing, send by recorded delivery and any fee if the lease asks for this and state in the letter you require a written response according to the RICS code. Send letter and sketch by recorded delivery to the freeholder registered office address and after 28 days carry long as work is not structural such as taking down internal walls or making holes in walls you should be ok.


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