16:38 PM, 10th July 2021, About 3 weeks ago 6
Question 1 – I look after a property (as agent for a family member-owner) and land to which attached, is a privately-owned flat. The deeds for this owned flat state that the lease is for 999 years from 1986 and rent is stated simply as ‘£10 rising as therein mentioned’ . There is no further detail at all.
It has been raised at some point between 2015 to £30 per year as this is what it stands at now and the private owner has paid and never questioned it.
I believe this is due for an increase? (what is ‘reasonable’ if no timescale is given?) By how much and how to I formally do this?
Question 2 – In the charges register for the parking space that she leases (999 years @ peppercorn rent) it also states that ‘shall contribute a fair proportion to the cost of repairing, renewing, maintaining the passageway between xxxx and the roadway leading to the car park at the back of XXXX’ (the car park within which is her space).
Up until now the landowner has cleared and maintained this area annually assuming that it was his duty to do so the flat owner had never received a bill for this. The problem is that there is now fly-tipping in this car parking area and really the vegetation really needs to be attacked twice a year to keep it under control.
As the deed documentation shows that the flat owner is liable, how do I go about asking them to contribute to this?
There is only this leaseholder so I believe it should be split 50/50. The total cost will be circa £500 so £250 each so under the £250 needing a Section 20, but do I still need to issue something?
We also want to formalise that this will happen twice a year, although being done on this basis will probably mean the costs will be £150 each time (unless there is more fly-tipping)
Is it possible to charge for half the maintenance costs already paid in previous years?
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