Service Charge- covering Health & Safety Survey?

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    #16
    Originally posted by Poppy View Post
    You'd possibly get such a reaction from a lessee who knows little or nothing about freeholder's responsibilities, certainly not a responding surveyor, solicitor, managing agent, responsible freeholder.

    You need to start thinking with a freeholder mind over and above your lessee mind. I hope that you and your fellow freeholders will continue to do your utmost to effectively manage your building.
    Ha ha, ok, advice accepted. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the others if I suggest HSE survey & insurance valuation, seeing as they are all newly-crowned freeholders too. (ie. it may make sense, but they will be paying it too). As a freeholder, I suppose it is nice that you can cover your back, as it were, for free, because you can pass the cost on to your leaseholders. As a leaseholder though, it does seem a trifle unfair that landlords can do this - but I can't blame anyone but myself for signing the lease in the first place! Seriously though: I won't buy leasehold again, little did I know what a can of worms had I signed up for..

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      #17
      Local Councils seem to be keen on HSE surveys especially in older buildings to identify health hazards like asbestos , fire risk items left under stairways like leftover painting material and cleaning fluids , blocked drains, rats appearing in building common areas etc., non-closing fire doors . The directors of the management company would face prosecution for any such offences.

      In our block , we had to fix ( keep closed - fire door) labels on fire doors and post a notice in case of fire arising in building , on where residents must wait for head count .

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