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    Council charging obscene amounts for block work what to do?

    The council in my area is deciding to carry out major work on a block of flats in which I own one of the flats as a leaseholder. The estimated cost of repairs for the whole block is £500,000 whereas I have to pay £20,0000 of this is there any way I can appeal against these absurd costs.

    Well..they may not be absurd if the 500k repairs are essential reapirs to be carried out under the terms of the lease.

    I assume that a S20C consultaion process was followed properally ?. This was your chanxce to see what works were proposed and put forward your views.

    Is there any kind of residents association ?

    To dsipute the costs you can apply to a Leasehold valution Tribunal, it may be the S20C process was not followed properally (several councils have managed to cock this up), or it may be that the costs are deemed not reasonable.

    Whilst generally whether the leaseholder can afford such amounts is not part of an LVT's juristiction there have been some similar recent cases where at lease higher courts have deemed that this should be taken into account.

    Advice given is based on my experience representing myself as a leaseholder both in the County Court and at Leasehold Valuation Tribunals.

    I do not accept any liability to you in relation to the advice given.

    It is always recommended you seek further advice from a solicitor or legal expert.

    Always read your lease first, it is the legally binding contract between leaseholder and freeholder.


      Also Niket, is it all repairs, or could some be classed as improvements? This may give you scope to reduce your bill if you apply to the LVT.
      To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.


        Let us not forget Edinburgh's shameful episode in a related area,...,_Edinburgh
        By January 2012 at least 650 complaints had been received by the council. A working estimate suggests that the total amount of overcharging (based on a figure of ten per cent of the value of building repairs contracts since 2005) may exceed £13.5M.
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          Let us not forget Edinburgh's shameful episode in a related area,...

          13.5 million overcharged in 7 years.

          At that rate it will only take (whirr grind) about 3 centuries for these extra costs to pay for the tramway overspend ... :-).

          Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.


            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


              Heard a tale about a Rotten Borough, concerned about "an Olympic event" decided that staff may be inconvenienced and so laid on tinned food etc in offices, just in case.

              This took several meetings, the risk assessments and dietary surveys and purchase through a supplier ( rather than here's £20 from petty cash).

              Another good reason per the other thread in TAB why some people withhold Tax.

              Or even a " hey everyone- just in case it kicks off make sure you have some grub and handy wipes in your bottom drawer. Clean pants would also be appreciated by co-workers"
              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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