9:37 AM, 21st November 2023, About 2 weeks ago 5
Hello, I think we have seen cash strapped councils trying plenty of tactics to raise much-needed funds, the most obvious being the selective licensing scheme. What I have been invoiced for this month though, is new to me.
My ground rent invoice this year was more than double what I was expecting (Ground rent = £330, extra charge = £415.22). My immediate thoughts were ‘they’ve forgotten I have a deed of variation’ or ‘maybe I missed my invoice last year’.
Before I managed to speak with the company though, an explanatory email was sent to accompany the invoice. It appears that I am the leaseholder of my property, the company is the head Leaseholder of the building, but Manchester City Council (MCC) are the Head Freeholder/Superior Landlord.
The services listed as being carried out by MCC within the ‘property area include’:
-Waste and Street Cleansing – Grounds Maintenance – Highways – Neighbourhood Management – CCTV
The charges date back from April 2018.
I wonder whether anyone has any experience with this and whether the charge is enforceable as per the terms of the invoice (payable as a lump sum on 1st Jan)?
1) Are the services listed above not part of the council tax? If there is an owner occupier in place, do they pay these charges PLUS their council tax?
2) Is this a charge for owners or residents?
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