Myth-busting – Electrical Safety installations Act 202011:19 AM, 3rd August 2020
About 2 days ago 50
I purchased a buy-to-let property at Auction in 1996 which I believed to be freehold and was registered as such when my ownership was recorded with UK Gov Land Registry. The legal work involved was carried out by a solicitor with whom I had a long-standing association at the time.
When I discovered it was leasehold on a thousand year lease I took no action and was naïvely unconcerned with the Ground Rent being a mere £30 per year and 997 years period for expiry of the lease.
However, soon after purchase the leasehold company concerned attempted to increase the yearly Ground Rent which my then acting solicitor pointed out there was no provision in the deeds for increase. That appeared to be accepted by the leasehold company as no further correspondence ensued.
I am now in the process of selling the property and have recently received a list of charges the Freehold company state they require for every circumstance arising since I bought the house, but which has never been brought to my attention during 24 year period under my ownership.
That list includes a charge for permission for anything and everything I have carried out by way of improvement to the property when under my ownership. Example of charges being new PVC windows, External Insulation to comply with C02 omissions under Government sponsored Green Deal, installation of new kitchen and I’m sure many more items.
Finally and most important a charge for each tenancy ever created in the property which I will find at this stage of proceedings impossible offer.
My question is it legal for the Freeholder to imposes such charges for the first time 24 years after my ownership commenced or is it another try on as with the Ground Rent which was not legal and therefore not impossible?
My next question relates to Freehold Landlords involvement and I point, naively again perhaps, to the name Landlord. Does the landlord of the freehold retain an interest in the property for the duration of the lease or just the land ie Landlord of the Freehold as the name suggests?
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