Insulating a maisonette and the obligation to pay our share

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    Insulating a maisonette and the obligation to pay our share

    Hi there,

    Looking for a bit of advice.

    We have a problem freeholder who is the leaseholder for the ground floor flat and we are the upper floor leaseholders.

    We've had all sorts of problems with this person since we moved here. He never does things properly and is blissfully unaware of procedure for carrying out major works etc, despite our best efforts.

    Anyway, he came round the other day saying that the building was too cold (it's nearly 100 years old) and that he had got a great deal and arranged for someone to come round and insulate the property for £100 each leaseholder (total £200).

    We have several issues with this, namely:
    • He did not consult with us prior to arranging this. We have no particular problems with the cold and is not something that interests us. We have a short-term view of this property and won't be in it in 20 years time.
    • Whilst we appreciate that the total cost does not constitute major works, it also is not what would be considered maintenance, and as such is not required by the lease
    • We have not been given the oppotunity to speak to the person/company doing this and we would wish to do so as we have heard several problems connected with insulation - namely damp and wall cracks appearing.

    Are we obiliged to pay for our half considering the above?

    I'm quite tempted to tell him that we won't purely because of the way he's gone about it (and what's happened in the past), but on the other hand, if we could get insulation for a relatively low amount - maybe we should even though it's unlikely to benefit us long-term.

    Should we insist on speaking to the person doing the work?

    Does anyone know whether it's feasible to only insulate his half of the maisonette?

    many thanks,

    There is no obligation to consult if the cost is less than £250 but the lease may not allow for improvement, simply repair, and only works which he is responsible for and which you have to reimburse them for.

    What does the repair clause in the lease say

    What is the insulation work and whose responsibility is that area

    For £100 will it work and is it worth it?
    Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.


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