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About 2 weeks ago 84
We’ve got a problem with the Freeholder re Ground Rent and Service charge on a rental property we have in Docklands. Any advice much appreciated!
They allegedly sent an invoice a few months ago. We didn’t receive this, but did receive a letter from a debt collection agency, together with Interest Charges and other fees. There was no Bank Account to pay the money to and no pick-up on the phone number provided, upon numerous attempts.
We then received a second letter from the debt collection agency advising of yet more fees and that they have advised our Mortgage Lender of non-payment of Ground Rent / Service charge.
We have now called the Freeholder who refuses to speak with us or confirm any contact details.
We have an email address for a contact at the debt collection agency, but have had no response from that either.
I’m trying to work out whether any of the charges are reasonable and what recourse we might have. We think the original Invoice from the Freeholder must have been sent to the Rental Property, but as the Debt Collection agency have our home address, they would surely have got this from the Freeholder?
It feels like the Freeholder and Debt Collection agency are working quite closely to ensure as many fees are racked up as possible.
All advice much appreciated.
I have also posted this on Facebook.
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