Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I served a section 22 request on a freeholder by which they are required to provide their invoice and other evidence for last year service charge calculation for free within a month. However. instead of sending me all their invoices etc they offered their office visit (saying will provide all I need for inspection) or copy of invoices at 20p per page. They argued they consulted their lawyer and they don’t need to send copy invoices to me, but office visit is enough.
This is from a very dodgy freeholder and their management company, who had a lot of “over the edge of law” practices before. I can tell they are deliberately making this review process difficult, what action I can take to put them right?
Section 22 request below:
“Under Section 22(3) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 you are obliged to forward this request to the landlord as soon as may be.
You are required to provide me with reasonable facilities free of charge for inspecting the accounts, receipts and other documents supporting the summary, and for taking copies or extracts from them.
You are required to make such facilities available for a period of two months beginning not later that one month after this request is made.
A person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to perform a duty imposed on them under Section 22 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 commits a summary offence and is liable on conviction to pay a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale
The local housing authority has the power to bring a prosecution.”
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