Complying with regulations and still penalised by Freeholder?

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8:59 AM, 29th November 2019
About A week ago

Complying with regulations and still penalised by Freeholder?

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Complying with regulations and still penalised by Freeholder?

I have a couple of units in an old block – the Freeholder went on a blitz a couple of years ago and checked all flats against their lease floor plan and imposed large costs for retrospective consent (wooden floors, open plan kitchens etc).

They also imposed ‘fines’ on those who had installed new boilers and had to have the now needed longer flues to clear the walkways so that the flues were fixed under the walkway – and this apparently needed freeholders consent and those who did not were ‘fined’ £2000

This was not only retrospective, but also the fee for those who then applied and some put in electric boilers.

Question is can a freeholder impose this when it is necessary to comply with new regulations?

This is putting everyone off improving their flats (mine is one of the few that vents through an outward facing wall so I’m fine)

Many thanks

Harlequin



Comments

Ian Narbeth

11:53 AM, 2nd December 2019
About 6 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Gracie at 02/12/2019 - 10:19
Gracie
I don't want to appear to gang up on you with Puzzler but it is incredibly rare for a valuable long lease to be forfeited. I don't suspect people of pure fabrication but what I do suspect is that a very few tenants refuse to engage with the landlord or the court and ignore numerous warnings given because they are convinced they are right and the landlord, the judge and the law is wrong. When it turns out very badly they tell a partial story that sympathetic observers accept without investigation (so the "data" given is incomplete or wrong). Even in a case where the tenant cannot pay a legitimate service charge for repairs, the court should allow time for the property to be sold.

Puzzler

7:46 AM, 6th December 2019
About 2 days ago

Sorry if my post appeared hostile enough to warrant the phrase "ganging up". I agree with Gracie that some of the rules are unfair, however there is a process which can be used and there is talk of reform which will be very welcome

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