16:09 PM, 18th December 2012, About 10 years ago 26
Huw has received a strange “Demand for Payment” of Ground rent and would like to raise this topic with the Property118 community.
“In Jan’2007 I purchased a leasehold terraced property in Wales from a mortgage company following a previous repossession. At the time neither myself, my solicitor nor the mortgage company could locate the Freeholder. Having spoken to the neighbours, at the time, it seems that their last few years cheques for ground rent had never been cashed and some had started to be returned to sender.
I therefore thought nothing further of this until last week. I completed the renovation of the property and it has been rented out for the past 5 years.
Last week I was contacted by my tenants who informed me that I had received a letter demanding payment of this coming year’s Ground Rent plus eight previous years’ worth of arrears.
The actual sum is very small, as the ground rent is only £2.25 per annum and as such payment of this and future years would not be of any great concern. However, the heavy handed wording of the letter, the short time specified for payment before administration charges would be added (the letter arrived at the property on the 14th December however was dated the 23rd November and payment is due by the 25th December) and the fact they are chasing arrears from a period before I owned the property, set a few alarm bells ringing.
I’m out of the country at the moment so I’m not in a position to check with the neighbouring property owners whether they received similar demand letters. However, I’m guessing they all have the same letters, so that’s about 100 houses
I’m sure this is not an ideal situation for some of the elderly occupants of the street, especially as the demands contain hints of large administration charges being levied if the bill is not paid, not the best Christmas gift!!!
I wonder if any of your other Landlords have experienced similar demands and know if these arrears can be legally claimed.
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