18:20 PM, 28th August 2016, About 6 years ago 9
My mother is 97, has Alzheimers and a pacemaker. She lives in a mansion block, is a freeholder and probably the longest resident in the building. The owner of the flat upstairs is a director of the freeholders association. His nephew has bought the flat. He has also bought the space outside the flat and is converting/assimilating this outside space into the flat. Can he do this without permission from the other freeholders? How can we find out how much they paid for this? Do they need planning permission to do these works? How do I find out?
We received no written notice that these works were taking place.
It has been 3 weeks already: the noise is dreadful and frightens my mother constantly. He has taken all the frames off, is drilling down into the cement floor ( cracks in Mum’s ceiling already) and banging loudly in the hallway. He only has one person working there, who doesn’t really seem to know what he is doing. Already there have been two instances of water leaks into my Mum’s Kitchen and bathroom and these leaks have supposedly, inadvertently, seeped into the porter’s flat downstairs ( for which the ‘Director’ is blaming US!!)
I phoned the Director yesterday. I asked him how long the works are going on for. He said 6-8 weeks. That’s in addition to the 3 weeks already.
I suggested that if he had a professional crew of 3-4 people, the work could be done much faster. He said I had no right to tell him what to do.
I said that the noise was frightening my aged mother and could they take more care as they are dropping lots of tools and bricks onto the floor. He said if she couldn’t handle the noise, she should move out. He said this on 2 separate occasions. (When I said I wanted to record him, he put the phone down!).
I mentioned that there had already been two instances of water leaks into our flat and he said that our flat had also affected the porter’s flat – essentially insinuating that if we sought damages from him, as a director he would ensure that we pay damages for the leak to the porters flat. He didn’t say this at all – but why mention our leak to the flat downstairs which was probably caused by the leak in the night from his flat to my Mum’s? She couldn’t get up in the middle of the night and do anything about the water leak – she is 97 and walks with two sticks -hardly surprising therefore that the water leaked into the porters flat. My Mum doesn’t want anybody in the flat to ‘make good’ the damage – only because it would generate more stress. As a co-owner, will I be able to sue them for damages once my mother has ‘left the building’ so to speak?
Advice please! How to limit the noise? How to ensure that reparations are paid fin the future for water leak damage sustained now as my mother can’t deal with workmen in her flat at her age. How to get a vote from the freeholders association to fire/censure this director as he is obviously not working or caring for the freeholders, but only for himself.