Leaseholder in Australia not paying service charge/ground rent on time?Make Text Bigger
I live in a property with 3 flats. One of the flat owners owns the share of freehold of the property along with myself. The leaseholder of the 3rd flat is failing to pay the service charge (£250 every 6 months) on time nor is he paying the yearly ground rent (£200) on time and is constantly in arrears and will pay when he feels like it. He lives in Australia so all communication is via email and text messages which he rarely responds to. We have put up with this for 4 years and it’s about time we got on top of this.
I have been reading up about sending a formal demand notice in writing, but I am unable to send a letter to his home address in Australia because I do not know the address. I have only found a PO BOX address for his place of work (which appears it’s his own company) which I found on google. Can a formal demand notice be sent via email??
On top of this, the property is in desperate need of major works. A good £10k or so which we got 3 quotes for back in summer which will be split between the 3 flats. We are all in agreement that works need to be done and with the cost. Myself and the other share of freehold can pay for our share outright but the leaseholder cannot hence we are delaying works till next summer (even though the lease says he has to pay if we tell him too basically). I suggested a payment schedule for the next 6 months via email so that his funds are there in the maintenance account when we need to pay contractors (since we made the mistake in the past of paying contractors and them getting very angry with late payment as the leaseholder was not paying into the account on time).
What are the steps I need to take here?
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