Joint Freeholders Tenants not abiding by the lease

by Readers Question

9:42 AM, 23rd September 2015
About 3 years ago

Joint Freeholders Tenants not abiding by the lease

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Joint Freeholders Tenants not abiding by the lease

I have a 3 floors of a house and the ground is owned by the other joint Freeholder. He has been renting his flat out for a few years now and his tenants insist on making the communal areas look like a cheap shoe shop. shoe

I have informed tenants and their landlord (ie the other freeholder) that lease clearly says communal areas are not an extension of our living areas and they must be kept clear.

Tenants removed their shoes for a few weeks and then started again – this has been on and off for about 3 years now – what can I do – I have spoken to the joint freeholder and he always says yes I will speak to them – they remove and then it starts all over again.

I would welcome any advice please.

Thanks

Nina



Comments

Nicki H

14:08 PM, 23rd September 2015
About 3 years ago

Can you agree with the other freeholder that you can put up a sign informing residents that items left in communal areas will be removed and disposed of? Then after a final reminder in person, remove shoes, shoe racks etc and dispose of them. This method tends to get the message across and works in other situations!

Teg's Dad

15:13 PM, 24th September 2015
About 3 years ago

Good point, Nicki.

I am one of three freeholders in a block of four flats, the fourth person did not wish to buy the freehold which was declared "bona vacantia". Two are owner-occupied and two are rented out. The leaseholder is, like in Nina's case, treating the entrance as an extension and using it as, amongst other things, a bike store which is a fire hazard, not to say annoying.

Good luck, Nina, let us know how it progresses.


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