Howard Michaels

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 7

Howard Michaels

18:30 PM, 25th September 2018, About 3 years ago

Is the Freeholder partly responsible?

A lot will depend on the actual wording in the leases. I have a building with 7 flats. The basement has its own entrance and no access to the entrance and staircase to the rest of the building. Under the leases all flats contribute to the lighting, heating[electric], furnishing, repair and decoration of the common parts. The issue was raised some years ago by the basement owner. There is case law [I can't remember the case] which established that even though the basement had no benefit it had to contribute its stated share of the costs unless specifically excluded [as is the case in my building for the lift].... Read More

Howard Michaels

18:16 PM, 25th September 2018, About 3 years ago

Howard Michaels

17:39 PM, 16th March 2018, About 4 years ago

Are fitted carpets landlord fitting or content?

There are several factors. First do you have contents insurance for the flat? If so the damage will be covered by that. Second, if it was a drain, who was responsible for keeping it clear? If it was the block landlord it should be covered under the landlord insurance Third Party section OR it might fall under the managing agents Professional Indemnity Cover. If it is a drain that only serves your neighbour's flat, then if they have insurance separate from the block insurance [ie contents cover] it is likely their insurance will cover for Third Party liability.... Read More

Howard Michaels

13:39 PM, 2nd November 2015, About 6 years ago

Collective enfranchisement from a freeholder point of view


There are exclusions regarding properties with owner occupiers. There are a number of rules regarding this. You need to refer the matter to a solicitor. The solicitor can ask the applicants to provide a deposit to cover your costs.... Read More

Howard Michaels

12:27 PM, 15th August 2015, About 6 years ago

Is it legal to send a ground rent demand by email only?

Ray - unless they sent you a Notice under Section 166 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 the ground rent is not payable. There is a strict timetable specified in the Section only during which the Notice is valid [not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days before the rent due date].... Read More