rita chawla

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 18th March 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 25

rita chawla

14:02 PM, 7th December 2021, About 2 hours ago

What happens to service charges if management company goes insolvent?

Reply to the comment left by Smartermind at 07/12/2021 - 11:02
That thought did occur to me as technically a few other flats are suffering from same issue (including myself), and while the rest of decided to raise funds over time to repair, this particular leaseholder being from legal background himself, decided to sue the management company.... Read More

rita chawla

13:59 PM, 7th December 2021, About 2 hours ago

What happens to service charges if management company goes insolvent?

Reply to the comment left by Mike in Worthing at 07/12/2021 - 11:40
Hi Mike, Though the housing act mentions service charge being in trust fund, it doesn't explicitly say if that will be considered management company's asset if it goes insolvent. I know that is the case for personal bankrupties but wasn't sure for company insolvency. Is the anywhere in insolvency act that has been explained? Thanks Rita... Read More

rita chawla

18:23 PM, 24th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Local council is offering to lease my flats?

I've worked in complaint department of local council and we did get a few complaints from landlords re the condition of property after its returned to them. Flooring ripped apart, doors broken into in drunken brawl, mould everywhere etc. In theory the council officers should inspect regularly but they dont and if you make a complaint, they might apologise and then do nothing. If you manage do go through council and ombudsmans 3 month complaint procedure, you might get a £50 or £100 compensation for your distress. It's not all bad though, if you manage to get continuous rent for 3 years or so, it might be worth it.... Read More

rita chawla

11:31 AM, 30th April 2021, About 7 months ago

Does new consumer unit mandate a new EICR?

Thanks all for your feedback, much appreciated.... Read More

rita chawla

18:24 PM, 15th April 2021, About 8 months ago

EICR has thrown a complete spanner in the works?

I had heard so many bad stories about EICR that before hiring an electrician for my flat, I sent out photos of my fusebox with basic info such as age of flat etc to different electricians and asked their opinion on it. Out of 9 contacted, 8 wanted to do the job straightaway, were friendly but didn't want to engage in any discussion beforehand. Only one of them spent half an hour on phone telling me how age of fusebox and absence of rcd is not automatic failure, what he checks for, how he does it and what can fail it. He quoted pricey £250 for my studio flat, much more than others but I went for him. The man spent 2 full hours opening up each and socket, light and basically anything that was accessible and passed it in the end. There were no issues. Though it was expensive, it was nothing compared to what some of my others landlord friends have spent. Also I feel reassured that he has actually checked the flat as thoroughly as he could.... Read More