16:37 PM, 8th July 2020, About 2 years ago 5
Can anyone guide me to the right ‘body’ who can give leaseholders advice on ever rising costs of major works to our building. It went for tender with the lowest tender being chosen, it was not going well pre-lockdown and now they are back to work the contractor has ‘found’ (following complaints from residents/leaseholders) that the refurbishment to the critical windows is not good enough and the paint has had to be changed (Dulux to Johnstones) and this will cost another £17,000 and they will drop one coat.
There has also been an issue with the new rainwater down pipes – having made a specification they are now saying that they cannot be sourced so will have to use round instead of rectangle (having insisted that 4″ square or 4 x 3 rectangle was the only way to go) and the only ones available will cost £5000 more for the job – we are only a few months into this (literally probably 2 months of work). Old paint is being scraped off with dust everywhere, people are locked in their flats and cannot escape and I just hoped that before this gets to a point where we cannot return there must surely be an advisory body we can turn to to help us – the management is sympathetic, but obviously the Freeholder is in charge and we pay for it. The refurb is decades over due and costing £1m (with more to come).
The residents did take a case against the Freeholder to the 1st Tier Tribunal which was a mass of work and very expensive, but even though we won our case we ended up paying the Freeholders costs – so financially ended up with nothing and still a rubbish job (a heat and hot water communal system that took 2 years to get working) We really don’t want to be going down that road again.
We are in the process of buying the Freehold.
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