Harlequin Garden

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Saturday 24th May 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 185

Harlequin Garden

11:19 AM, 17th November 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Leaseholders and service charge on different sized flats?

Thanks everyone for the comments - just to clarify, the service charge is stated in the lease to be paid by size percentage - which was fine for 10 years but now the costs are mounting and works need to be done the larger ones (who have put themselves up as directors and in one case 2 directors for one flat) want this varied. I will pass on your comments, I believe the friend I asked this for (also very useful for me to!) is now in touch with the Leasehold Advisory people.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

13:07 PM, 16th November 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Leaseholders and service charge on different sized flats?

Reply to the comment left by Ron H-W at 16/11/2020 - 12:20
Yes, the roof repairs are being split equally and billed to the leaseholders equally by the directors of the management company - and they intend to carry on with this method for the rest of the updating/major works. There is a threat that they could in time (try to) change the service charge to an equal share (for unequal units).

I have to say that I'm quite amazed that a bunch of self servicing leaseholders can get away with this, surely it is not in the spirit of the right to manage if their aim is to get others to pay part of their share. The percentages are set out in the leases.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

11:54 AM, 16th November 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Leaseholders and service charge on different sized flats?

Reply to the comment left by Ron H-W at 16/11/2020 - 10:59
Thanks for this detailed comment, very much appreciated - the comment re 'services charges on original percentages' - because there was an objection by one director who is no longer put on any letters to the other leaseholders, they have conceded for the moment to keep to the percentage regular service charge (for example a larger flat will be £97 a month better off and a small one will pay around £85 more if it was split equally) all directors voting for this (including the two in the one flat) are in larger units. The money collected for repairs is proposed to be split equally between all flats which I can't see as being fair as they vary from a 1 bed to a 3 bed.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

10:00 AM, 6th August 2020
About 4 months ago

Council tax department want copy tenancy agreement?

I am constantly asked for contract details??... Read More

Harlequin Garden

13:51 PM, 12th July 2020
About 5 months ago

Major works with ever rising costs

Reply to the comment left by Jon D at 11/07/2020 - 16:52
Thanks for the comments - the issues we have is that we are implementing 'major works' repairs not renewals - but I will look into the renewal bit - no works have been done on the building in around 15/20 years so it is in poor shape even though the landlords lease states that it should be redecorated and works carried out every 7 years. This apart, what we have now is that a the process has been carried out correctly with the S20 then tenders but the costs are rising on a fixed cost job - what I need to find out is how to challenge this - they inspected and tendered and now they can't do it for that money - I suspect that the lowest tender could never do it for the cost they propose and rely on uplifts during the job - when maybe the higher bidders could have carried out the works as described... Read More