Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I own 2 flats in a block of 7. The first two floors have 3 flats each and the last flat (flat7) is in the roof space and its floor space covers the 3 flats below. We all have equal share of freehold.The owner of flat 7 is a menace. He is a bully and has completely intimidated all the other flat owners. He has not paid his maintenance charge fully since it was increased to cover costs. I own two flats directly beneath him and since he had plumbing work done, I regularly have water running down my tenants walls. He will not allow me access to his flat to find the problem. Following the work he had done, the communal hallways were left in such a mess, that the walls had to be repainted and the carpet replaced, paid for by the block.
He is now renovating his flat and is knocking down non-structural (I hope and not structural) walls along with other work. I think he is moving the kitchen and turning what was the kitchen into another bedroom. All this is being done without planning or submitting of plans or getting any kind of permission from the block. He has told everyone that he wants to revamp the flat so he can sell it. Everyone else in the block is ready to grant him whatever work he wants to get done because they think at the end he will sell. However, every assurance or promise he has made to the block has been reneged on.
The directors of the block don’t seem to be doing anything about him, neither are the agents. I have advised the directors to call the police if he is intimidating towards them, but they are reluctant to do so. I have logged a job with the local planning authority, but by the time they have visited, it will all be completed and the owner of flat 7 will be “irate” and quite probably threatening to the directors again.
What else can I do?
I have no problem if he is just revamping the flat, but if he is doing something which may alter the quality of life in my flats I want to be able to object before it is too late.
I will consider anything legal.
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