Problem freeholder when selling flat

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8:33 AM, 4th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Problem freeholder when selling flat

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Problem freeholder when selling flat

For 8 months I have been trying to sell my leasehold flat. I have had two offers but both sales have fallen through at the eleventh hour when the freeholder has sent a long list of grievances to the prospective buyers solicitors. Most were irrelevant and related to previous tenants, whilst others were unqualified statements about the age of the flats plumbing and heating. Problem freeholder when selling flat

The freeholder lives in the same building, but had no personal knowledge of the flat. However, untrue as her complaints are, the damage has been done and I’ve lost both sales.

Please, can anyone tell me how I can prevent her from doing this again?!

Thanks

Jane



Comments

Mark Alexander

8:35 AM, 4th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Hi Jane

Sounds like you need some legal advice.

Please see >> http://www.property118.com/member/?id=3380
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Yvette Newbury

15:57 PM, 4th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Do you not feel that a meeting with the freeholder might shed some light on this? This would be my thoughts before seeking legal action.

Adrian Jones

10:10 AM, 5th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Yvette Newbury " at "04/09/2014 - 15:57":

Seems sensible to me Yvetter. Jane, are you aware of any reason why she doesn't want you to sell the flat?

George Smiley

21:17 PM, 5th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Instruct your solicitor to ' field ' these comments before they become a problem.

David Mensah

12:32 PM, 6th September 2014
About 4 years ago

I would also recommend meeting with the freeholder and trying to clear the air.

This may not be the case here, but you may also want to check whether she has an interest in the property. Unfortunately a freeholder can waste time and scupper sales for a long time until you are desperate, and then swoop in at the last minute for a BMV purchase.


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