Freeholders Legal Costs passed on to leaseholders?

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13:14 PM, 19th September 2016
About 3 years ago

Freeholders Legal Costs passed on to leaseholders?

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Freeholders Legal Costs passed on to leaseholders?

The Freeholder of my buy to let flat undertook a major rooftop development recently, adding flats to the block. Their ”Deed of Variation’ documents reflect the changes that this development has effected by taking into account the new flats in future service charge fees. who pays

This seems ok and there is nothing no charge for this. However legal fees for incorporating the Deed of Variation into individual flat owners tenancy documents is left for individual leaseholders to pay.

This cost looks to be around £1000 per flat and is a bill I feel I should not have to pick up. Surely it is up to the developer/freeholder to foot this bill.

Many thanks Tessa


Neil Patterson

13:18 PM, 19th September 2016
About 3 years ago

One would have thought the Freeholder would cover this, but it may be worth consulting the Leasehold Advisory Service >>

Kate Mellor

16:32 PM, 21st September 2016
About 3 years ago

Is there any reference to leaseholders being liable for any legal costs in your lease?

I am staggered at the size of the charge for a simple variation to a lease and subsequent registration. Surely the individual costs should be less not more the larger number of leases involved? I would have expected a charge of less than half that figure. I wonder if you can ask for a copy of the solicitors quote or invoice to verify the size of the charge?

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