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  • Leaseholder/freeholder relationships
    Emilycarter
    Hi

    Can a freeholder insist that a Leaseholder contacts the Managing Agent only with matters relating to the property?. We have a Leaseholder who insists on copying us into all communications, (via our personal email addresses and not the freeholder email address) and if the Managing...
    20-07-2018, 21:15 PM
  • Reply to Leaseholder/freeholder relationships
    Emilycarter
    Thank you for your responses. So far there have been no rewards! Just thousands spent on legal fees in getting another Leaseholder to reinstate their flat to a single dwelling and stop letting a room to a family of 5! Our MA always responds within a day, we just feel that the Leaseholder in question...
    21-07-2018, 13:30 PM
  • 1st Service Demand
    Seaes56
    I would like to send out a service charge demand to my neighbours. This is the first time they will have been asked to pay anything for about 30 years. This is a property I inherited which was in a bad state of repair. I am freeholder and the other leaseholder. My neighbours are quite set in their ways...
    19-07-2018, 19:57 PM
  • Reply to 1st Service Demand
    leaseholder64
    Having lots of items that come to exactly the section 20 limit looks very suspicious to me. In particular, I think it might be difficult to argue that communal lighting and garden lighting do not fall under the same section 20 job. That's on a good day. If the tribunal members got out of bed on the...
    21-07-2018, 11:54 AM
  • Reply to 1st Service Demand
    leaseholder64
    The ground rent demand must be a separate document, because there is a very specific format for it, without which the demand is void.

    Each ground rent year must be demanded separately, as each demand will contain a different date on which the payment was due according to the lease.
    21-07-2018, 11:38 AM
  • Reply to 1st Service Demand
    Gordon999
    I would issue separate demand for annual ground rent because the payment goes to a bank account under freeholder's name. The demand will show the name of freeholder and the address for serving legal notices.

    The service charge payment should go to separate bank account for holding service...
    21-07-2018, 10:28 AM
  • Reply to 1st Service Demand
    andydd
    Also some of the things you list sound like improvements as opposed to maintenence...
    21-07-2018, 09:40 AM
  • Reply to 1st Service Demand
    andydd
    Seems OK. .whether you can ask for work started but not completed depends on the wording of the leases (s) and whether or not you have incurred an actual costs..be aware that some older leases don't contain any provision for collecting monies in advance and that you must pay for everything and be reimbursed...
    21-07-2018, 09:38 AM
  • Reply to Leaseholder/freeholder relationships
    andydd
    Good question. Ultimately the LH relationship is with you and I don't think there is anything you can do to prevent him contacting you.
    21-07-2018, 09:34 AM
  • Reply to Leaseholder/freeholder relationships
    leaseholder64
    I had trouble parsing the question. I wasn't sure if only referred to the managing agent, or only referred to the type of problem.

    In the former case, in this forum, AST tenants are often advised to bypass the letting agent, so I don't see why that should not also be true for the long...
    21-07-2018, 09:34 AM
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