Leasehold repairs

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • s_b
    replied
    Thanks for your replys.

    I'll double check my current lease (and all other leases in the future!).

    Leave a comment:


  • Donkin
    replied
    Read the Lease thourougly.

    As a Freeholder the leases associated with other parts of the building are very precise in what has to be paid for. There is a block exemption which states that
    "To contribute and pay...... as are enjoyed or used in connection with two or more of the flats forming part of the said property namely"
    If it is for the sole use of one of the flats (my garage, downstairs cellar) then the others do not have to pay.

    Leave a comment:


  • Poppy
    replied
    Always rely on the terms of the lease.

    Your share of the service charge is enshrined in the lease. The lease cannot be unilaterally amended.

    Surely you see the logic in paying for maintenance to parts of the building which you do not directly access. I hope you’re not one of those people who complain about paying for a roof renewal if you lived on the ground floor!

    Yes maybe the inclusion of the garage maintenance shared by all but used by just one lessee may have been an oversight at the time the lease was drawn up (I think it was done for simplicity). It’s too late to do anything about that now without agreement from the freeholder and all the lessees.

    How long have you been a lessee in this building?

    Leave a comment:


  • s_b
    started a topic Leasehold repairs

    Leasehold repairs

    Hi - any advice please on this one:

    I've a leasehold flat in a converted three floor buliding consisting of a basement flat with garden, ground floor flat (mine) and 1/2 floor masionette flat.

    I've recently been issued with a building maintence repair bill from the freeholder listing various repairs works necessary to the building. On viewing the listing I noticed that the majority of works related to repairs to the basement flat (guttering on extended kitchen, repair water pipe to garage etc).

    I'm aware that I need to pay a share for the upkeep/maintence of the strutural aspects of the buliding and communal arears but unsure what constitutes a resonable share. I currently pay an equal share (33.3%) for ground rent and maintenance with the other leaseholders.

    I guess my angst is that in my view the majority of the works required relate to the basement flat, with my payment of the bill having no direct benefit for my flat. In addition the garage is separate to the main building (accessable by basement flat leaseholder only) and last year I was hit with a bill for repairs to a wall in the garden of the basement flat (not a communal garden).

    Should I perhaps address the percentage contribution to the maintenance fund/any future bills that I will have to pay going forward? (lowering my contribution as my flat occupies much less of the freehold building compared to the other flats) or am I being unreasonable?

Latest Activity

Collapse

  • Reply to Insulation - necessity or improvement?
    by bethy
    It's a bit of a mess really, and a long story... They owned the whole building and ran a restaurant downstairs. Then converted upstairs into two flats to rent out. Then got into money problems and sold leaseholds to the flats. Service charges are split between restaurant and two flats. It's a terrace...
    27-11-2020, 00:03 AM
  • Insulation - necessity or improvement?
    by bethy
    We are L/H on a top floor flat. Roof is responsibility of F/H to maintain through service charge.

    A loft hatch was installed last year to give access to the roof space for roof repairs. This has shown that there is no insulation whatsoever in the roof space - the property was converted...
    26-11-2020, 12:37 PM
  • Reply to Insulation - necessity or improvement?
    by Macromia
    If there has never been any loft insulation, putting it in now would technically be an improvement, so the I suspect that the freeholder would be under no obligation to arrange for insulation to be installed.

    If the building was converted into flats "just over ten years ago",...
    26-11-2020, 21:56 PM
  • Reply to Yet more 'notice to underlet fees' £135 and going up!!
    by Macromia
    This information is crucial.

    If your lease states that underletting is allowed but you need to pay "notice to underlet" fees of £xxx biannually, and these fees are to be increased in line with inflation, there is unlikely to be any legal argument that helps you.

    ...
    26-11-2020, 21:32 PM
  • Yet more 'notice to underlet fees' £135 and going up!!
    by November26
    Hi

    I have been trawling the internet for updates to challenges around 'notice of underletting fees' and I'm not sure of the current position. My landlord is still playing ignorant and deeming their extortionate bi-annual amount 'reasonable'. Are there county court judgements or upper tribunal...
    25-11-2020, 18:02 PM
  • Reply to Forfeiture Procedure and Costs
    by Aboosimbel
    Dear FlyingFeehold,
    Thanks for the reply. You're quite right First Tier Tribunal not Land Tribunal !!!. I take your point with the analogy of the barking dog, and I do agree. However I like to be in a position to have an informed conversation with Lawyers, and I think getting the opinion of people...
    26-11-2020, 19:35 PM
  • Forfeiture Procedure and Costs
    by Aboosimbel
    Dear Landlordzoners,

    This problem requires the advice of an experienced freeholder to help, as its a little complicated.

    I own a freehold of a house split into three flats (I also own one of the flats). One flat had been used as a brother since 2014 until the police finally...
    27-10-2020, 21:39 PM
  • Reply to Insulation - necessity or improvement?
    by bethy
    Porgie,

    That's my understanding. Then really comes down to whose responsibility to do it/pay for it.
    26-11-2020, 16:45 PM
  • Lease variation
    by bazann
    Hi,
    My elderly mother [99 years+] owns a flat in a residential block under a 125 year Lease dated 24th May 1989. The Lessor is a housing association. My mother purchased the flat in early 2011 with the benefit of said Lease.
    There is the usual monthly service charge which includes e.g. maintenance...
    26-11-2020, 16:28 PM
  • Reply to Lease variation
    by Section20z
    I don't think a residential warden is quite the same as a resident warden so yes it's legal.
    https://www.inputyouth.co.uk/jobguid...ialwarden.html
    26-11-2020, 16:37 PM
Working...
X