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I own a flat in a block of flat and recently I have received the following email from managing agents:
“I understand you have carried out internal alterations to this flat without obtaining the Commissioners’ approval which included removing an internal partition and laying timber flooring. If this has happened, the works carried out will be subject to the Commissioners’ review and if they are prepared to allow this to be retained a retrospective Licence to Alter and Deed of Variation will be required to be issued before your flat is sold.
We do request Knight frank’s fees are paid at this stage for our administration and the Building Surveyor’s fee for inspecting and reviewing the work carried out. This is £2,150 plus VAT. I attach our bank details as I imagine it will be easier to pay by BACS”
Whilst I have changed the floor more than 7 years ago (no complains from neighbours at all) I didn’t touch the partition. I find the fee of over 2K is just exuberant – do I have any rights in relation to refusing to pay that amount for things that a) for partition I haven’t touched and b) replacement of the floor.
It would indeed be cheaper for me to lay the carpet – would I still need to pay for the inspection?
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