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    Freeholders & Cosmetic Reapairs

    We are 4 freeholders and I have no problem paying for any repairs that are needed to the house. However, the other freeholders are pushing for a lot of cosmetic repairs to make the property look nicer, and I have agreed to pay for some but it's getting excessive and I simply can't afford to be spending more at the moment. From my understanding, the other freeholder can's force one freeholder to be paying for these types of repairs? I could refuse to pay? Again any urgent or needed repairs I have no problem paying for but this is pure cosmetics repairs.

    Thank you.

    #2
    What does the lease say? What kind of stuff? Internal painting may be "cosmetic" but if lease says do it, then it is done.

    Your ability to afford what is required is irrelevant. If it needs doing, you either take a loan or sell up.

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      #3
      Exactly why dad's army freeholders and RMCs don't work . Generally a 'repair' by it's very nature is something required under the lease.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Section20z View Post
        Exactly why dad's army freeholders and RMCs don't work . Generally a 'repair' by it's very nature is something required under the lease.
        Yes but there is a grey area in terms of how exactly this is taken forward. If common parts tend to get scuffled/dented walls with time, it would be extraordinarily expensive if a workman were called out on every one of the 100 occasions per year there was a scuff/dent.

        Information/example free questions (like one OP proffers here) are really not helpful.

        But I agree that RMCs can often be much much worse than an external freeholder, especially when crooks are involved.

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          #5
          There is a difference between 'maintenance and repair' and 'improvement'.

          Usually the lease requires 'maintenance and repair' in order to keep the building in good condition and the lease requires the leaseholders to pay for them.
          'Improvement' is not maintenance and repair and as such can only be done by agreement of all leaseholders.

          An example would be the repair or replacement, ie, like for like, of wooden window frames whereas new replacement window frames in PVCu or other material is an improvement. Same for single to double glazing which is improvement. Both these improvements are usually outside of the lease requirements.

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            #6
            Our lease actually states ' to keep in good and substantial repair and decorative order' and that painting of common areas will be done every 5 years . It also stipulates this for the flats themselves .

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              #7
              In the case of windows upvc double glazing ischeaper than like for like wood or crittal metal. On un heated stairs we did double glazing as it was cheaper.

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