Freeholder holding up our sale - please help!

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    Freeholder holding up our sale - please help!

    Since buying our property 3 years ago we have had a catalogue of issues with the then leaseholders (now freeholders) starting with an unsecured pot plant crashing through our conservatory roof and almost hitting my then 4 month old son (who was in his high chair at the time). After refusing to secure the remaining potplants, the council became involved and relations between us deteriorated. Since then, the people in question now own a share of the freehold. We are in the process of selling our property (we simply cannot wait to get away from these people) and are in a five strong chain. Eveything was going ok until our buyers solicitors asked our freeholders to answer various questions that arose from the survey (pretty standard stuff, building insurance, common areas, boundaries clarification etc). This was nearly a month ago and they have not replied, despite our solicitor sending them letters and e-mails staring that it is their legal responsibility. As a result, it is very likely we could lose our buyer and the whole chain collapse, ruining a lot of people (with young families) lives.
    Since being informed of our intended move, they have also now decided that thay intend to have the whole roof replaced (on or around the stated date of our planned move) and that we will need to pay a £2000 contribution towards this. Frankly, we'd pay double just to get away from them but we are also not sure of our rights of access when it comes to moving in and out (the roof repair will involve the erection of scaffolding). Can we ask them to postpone it until we move? (IF we ever manage to). And can anyone advise us on how we can get them to respond to the questions our buyers have. Our solicitor says that we would have to take them to court to get them to comply and it could take months and we would obviously lose our buyers and our prospective new home in the process.
    I cannot believe these people are being so vindictive (especially since it was their pot plant that crashed through our roof and cause so much damage and inconvenience!) Can anyone please help?

    Thanks.

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