An extra floor and a lift!

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    An extra floor and a lift!

    I own a long lease of a flat in a block, which I let out to tenants.

    The freeholder has obtained planning permission to add an extra floor to the block.

    The problem with this is that he intends to install a lift, and pass on the cost of maintaining it to me as an existing leaseholder. I am concerned that this will send my service charge sky-high!

    I (and many of the existing leaseholders) do not wish him to do this.

    Is there any way we can stop him (short of enfranchising and buying the freehold, which not enough people want to do).

    GeraldK

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    Originally posted by GeraldK View Post
    I own a long lease of a flat in a block, which I let out to tenants.

    The freeholder has obtained planning permission to add an extra floor to the block.

    The problem with this is that he intends to install a lift, and pass on the cost of maintaining it to me as an existing leaseholder. I am concerned that this will send my service charge sky-high!

    I (and many of the existing leaseholders) do not wish him to do this.

    Is there any way we can stop him (short of enfranchising and buying the freehold, which not enough people want to do).

    GeraldK
    Read lease re L's covenants AND precisely what is within service charge's ambit.
    If L has legal right to instal lift, this can fall within service charge only if for everyone's benefit- and not just for benefit of new top flat.
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