Myth-busting – Electrical Safety installations Act 202011:19 AM, 3rd August 2020
About A week ago 79
We own 3 apartments in a building, the only 3. The landlord owns the freehold and the estate agency below. Only our tenants use the entrance door/hallway, theoretically* (I will come onto that later)
We have a Service Charge agreement/split of 42% him, 58% us. Simple.
So the first question: is the Freeholder liable for his portion of the electricity, repairs, and anything else in the communal area? I say he is, he states he is not as it services my apartments only, my argument is that it is in fact “communal”?
The lease states obviously for repairs we are jointly liable for the property but does NOT explicitly state the hallway/entrance communal area. Its quite a bit of money over 5 years.
*he let out to his wife and son (this separate address) as a postal address for their companies also. That’s why I say theoretically*
BTW He recently took us to First Tier Tribunal over several issues and lost on each count, costing him thousands, making up fake quotes on work to overcharge us was among the things he lost on.
Second Question: To manage the Service charges he has a bank account, he insists we pay all fees and he doesn’t need to contribute, my argument is its a bank account to manage the whole property, not just our 3 flats, or it should be anyhow.
Thank you for any advice
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