Freeholder difficult to communicate with and looking to sell?

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10:31 AM, 17th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Freeholder difficult to communicate with and looking to sell?

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Freeholder difficult to communicate with and looking to sell?

I own a leasehold flat and which I presently Let. The property is a conversion 1930’s standard build split into two flats with own entrance.window

As the lessee I have an obligation to pay the ground rent due. Over the past 5 years I have submitted my payment by cheque posting it through the freeholders letter box and requesting a receipt in return.

I do not knock any more as she simply does not open the door and when she does respond she opens her upper window and then simply asks what I want and then closes it again. I do not have her phone number, bank details to affect a transfer or otherwise.

I owe the Freeholder a total of £350 to date. I would like to sell the flat this coming summer and I am increasingly conscious of the difficulties that this might create. I am thinking of going to a solicitor and ask them to send the payment with covering letter on my behalf as proof, but even if I do this and she decides not to cash it then it still leaves me with non payment of ground rent.

Ideas and suggestions please!

Saul



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Neil Patterson

10:32 AM, 17th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Hi Saul,

I am assuming there is no management company in place then?


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