Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I have received a letter from a firm of solicitors instructed by a new freeholder for non-payment of ground rent. Clearly there are now excessive fees to pay!!! The ground rent payments are for this year (when I have owned the property) and the whole of last year (when I didn’t even own the property, but my solicitors paid an apportionment on completion!!!)
I bought this leasehold property in Oct 2013, I have rarely visited the property and the tenants have not sent any post addressed to me from the property – so I do not know what has been sent or when.
When I bought the property I assume a Notice of Transfer was done by my solicitors to the freeholder to inform them of my correspondence address. I have never received any mail from the freeholder however or a demand for Ground Rent.
Since my purchase, the properties freehold has been purchased by a new company and the old freeholder has ceased trading. My solicitor that I used for the purchase has also ceased trading!!!
I believe that details of my correspondence address were not passed from the original freeholder to the new freeholder, this is the only conclusion I can think of.
I have contacted the person who acted for me at the solicitors and she said she will looked into it, although now they have ceased trading the files are in an archive and I suspect this will complicate things! At least the lady seems like she wants to help me.
Unfortunately I can’t contact the old freeholder (as they are out of business) and can’t contact the new freeholder (as I can only deal with the solicitors who have been instructed by them to collect the payment).
Should I contact the Law Society to complain about solicitors that I used? Perhaps they didn’t send the freeholder a Notice of Transfer? Now that the solicitors have closed down, will they have a run-off insurance… will it even cover this instance?!
Apologises for the long and detailed nature of this problem but its fairly complex and hopefully you have the relevant details, I would really appreciate the advice of you guys on what to do?
Many thanks in advance!
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