Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I rent out two flats in Reading. In one case the freeholder’s agent (Simarc – mentioned elsewhere in your forums) asked me to register my tenant.
I duly did and paid the requested fee. I have now received a further charge for tenancy renewal despite the fact that my tenant is staying on and has a new one year lease.
They claim that the lease allows them to levy an administration charge for every tenancy registration, regardless of whether it is new or on-going. I asked them to let me have the relevant pages in the lease.
They have referred me to a page in the lease which is total legalese and, I suspect, open to interpretation.
Can I refuse to pay as the repeat fee seems an unreasonable demand as well as the amount at over £100 a time?
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